In conjunction with the Governor’s Mansion Association, we are once again hosting a statewide juried exhibition for Arkansas’ talented high school artists. Beginning January 1, 2017, high school students from across Arkansas are invited to submit their drawings, paintings, prints and mixed media assemblages in conjunction with the chosen artist theme outlined below. The collective goal of the exhibition is to inspire our state’s young artists by providing them with a platform for their work, which will be displayed at the Governor’s Mansion during April 2017. Prizes will be awarded at the 2017 Awards Reception to be hosted at the Governor’s Mansion in early May.
All the important submission deadlines and other information are outlined below. We appreciate your help in getting the word out about our competition and look forward to receiving wonderful works of art from our state’s bright and talented young artists.

Susan Hutchinson
First Lady of Arkansas


All public, private, charter and home-schooled high school students (Grades 9-12) who reside in Arkansas are eligible.

2017 Competition’s Theme: Emotion and Energy
Art vibrates with energy. Emotions are a part of life and may be physical, emotional, cultural or personal. The visual narrative of the work should present an individual interpretation of the subject, expressed in the emotion, energy, and power of colors and lines.
1. How do you interpret the world, your surroundings, dreams, passions, spirituality and emotions?
2. How do we respond to emotion, color, light and energy in our environment?
3. Where does energy exist?

Submission Requirements:

  •  Artwork must be submitted by a high school teacher or representative

  • Each high school teacher/representative may submit up to 15 pieces of artwork. Please

note that this is a juried show. Entries are NOT guaranteed acceptance.

  • There are NO fees associated with submission

  •  ANY piece created by students at any time during their high school education may be

submitted. However, reproductions are NOT allowed.

  • Photograph entries (8X10 minimum) are limited to 5 photos per student.


Media Specifications:

  • Work must not exceed 40 inches wide by 40 inches high. Minimum size is 11 X 14.

  • Work must be physical, tangible, and available to be displayed for the duration of the

exhibition. All winning submissions must be ready to hang for a professional gallery. No
tape with wire or string will be allowed. Pastel and charcoal drawings must be sprayed
with fixative.


How to Submit Artwork:

  • ALL entries MUST BE EMAILED submissions with medium resolution images. Resolution is

sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. Keep the
images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information will require


Important Dates:
*February 27, 2017 - DEADLINE for emailed submissions
*March 14, 2017 - Teachers/schools will be notified if submissions are selected for exhibition.
*March 31, 2017 - Selected works must be delivered to the Mansion by this date.
*April 7, 2017 - The student exhibition begins.
*An Awards Reception/Recognition ceremony will be held at the Governor’s Mansion for
students, parents, teachers and school administrators at the Governor’s Mansion. Date to be
announced later.

For more information, contact Sharon Morris at:, or 501-324-9805

© 2016 by Arkansas Governor's Mansion Association

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