2014 High School Art Exhibition Guidelines

 Artwork from 2012 HS Art Exhibition

KCC is pleased to host its 25th annual High School Art Exhibition. This year's exhibition, in the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library art gallery, runs from March 3 to March 26, 2014. A closing reception will be held 6-8 p.m. on March 26, with a jurors' critique and scholarship presentation at 7 p.m. Jurors are KCC art faculty.

General Information

Please read carefully before filling out entry forms.


This exhibition is open to high school students (grades 9-12) who are enrolled in art classes. Students may submit one (1) work that was completed for class credit in any art class. It must have been completed within the last year (Spring 2013, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014). Please note: A diptych will be considered one work but must be labeled “right panel” or “left panel” and must have “diptych” written on the form so we know it is two pieces that should be hung together..


There is no entry fee for this exhibition.


Flatwork – must be framed under Plexiglas (glass not allowed) or securely wrapped in acetate or shrink-wrap over a sturdy backing like corrugated cardboard or foam core. The art must be securely wired.  Please do not attach wire or string with tape. If necessary, hook paper clips into backing and attach wire to clips.

Three-dimensional entries – are encouraged, with display cases available for small works and floor pedestals for larger pieces.


Printed and electronic tags are required for each entry. Entry forms must be filled out clearly and completely. Tag information is taken directly from the entry form and is not retyped so please make sure all spelling is correct and please do not type tags in all capital letters.

All works submitted must be tagged with a fully completed entry form. Please attach the printed form to the backside, upper right corner of all flatwork and to the bottom of three-dimensional works. Students should cut off the small bottom tag and attach it to the front on the lower right-hand side. Extra tags will be available in case some fall off during transportation.

The entry form tag can be found at High School Student Art Exhibition and should be filled out, saved, printed, and then submitted electronically. An individual entry form is available as well as the package of 20 forms. You may use whichever format you are most comfortable with.

The individual form is for one artwork entry which is then submitted through the website without the use of email.

The package form containing multiple tags in one file makes it easier for teachers who fill out the forms for all of their students. Use as many multiple form files as necessary to cover all students submitting work. Leave blank what you don’t need. The file will be saved and submitted through the website without the use of email to cut down on problems with email.

For more information on submitting the electronic tags, contact Sheila Pfaff at spaff@kcc.edu or 815-802-8704 when you are ready to submit them.


The vast majority of students participating in this exhibition do not have an established market price for their work (obtained by actively selling) and cannot, therefore, expect insurance coverage for their work (except for the cost of materials). The gallery will not assume liability for loss or damage of entries while in transit. Cost of works stolen or vandalized will be assumed by the gallery (recovery cost will be limited to materials only). Every reasonable precaution and care will be taken in handling and protecting entries while present on the KCC campus.

Submission of work – Feb. 18-21, 2014

Hand-delivered works should be taken to the KCC art gallery in the lower level of the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library between Tuesday, Feb. 18 and Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Hours for delivery are:

  • 8 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday
  • 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Friday

There will be no weekend delivery.

Deadline for delivery is 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Schools are strongly encouraged to make group deliveries.  If there are questions or if alternate drop-off arrangements need to be made, please call Chelise Slowik at 815-802-8717 or email cslowik@kcc.edu.

Students should see their instructor for additional help in preparing work. Entries that are not ready to hang, that fall apart, or have incomplete entry tags will be disqualified.

Awards – March 26

Merit awards and Honorable Mention awards will be given in the following areas: Painting; Black and white drawing/design; Color drawing/design; Three-dimensional work; and Photography/electronic imaging.

All participants will be eligible to apply for the $800 KCC High School Art Exhibit scholarship which can be used toward tuition, books, and supplies for any KCC course. The scholarship winner will be chosen by a review of exhibit pieces and a completed KCC Foundation scholarship application.  More information, including the 2014-15 Scholarship Booklet and Application, can be found on our website at Foundation>Students>Scholarships. Look for the scholarship for Fine Arts and follow the instructions on the application page. Deadline for turning in the application is March 1, 2014.

All exhibiting students will receive certificates of achievement.  Awards will be distributed at a reception for all artists and their guests Wednesday, March 26, in the lower level art gallery in KCC's Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library.

Jurors – KCC art faculty

Return of work – March 26 - 28

All art must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit. Works may not be removed before 8 p.m. on March 26. Please call if there are any other needs or problems. Deadline for picking up exhibited work is 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28. Work remaining after March 28 will be returned to the school C.O.D.


For more information, please contact Sheila Pfaff, Humanities Division administrative assistant, 815-802-8704 or spfaff@kcc.edu or Chelise Slowik, KCC art professor, 815-802-8717 or cslowik@kcc.edu.
Feb. 18-21     Delivery of work to KCC’s art gallery in the Harold and Jean Miner Memorial Library.
March 3 Exhibition opens.
March 26 Awards Reception 6-8 p.m.
Juror's Critique and Scholarship Presentation 7 p.m.
March 26 Show closes at 8 p.m. after reception. Pickup of exhibited works begins.
March 28  Final date to pick up exhibited works by 3:30 p.m.