Annual Upstate High School Art Exhibit General Information

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Submission Guidelines

Programs employing 1-3 instructors will be allowed to enter up to 9 works (one instructor teaching photography, drawing, and ceramics for example, should choose works that represent that diversity).

Programs employing 4 or more instructors will be allowed to enter three works per instructor, not to exceed 21 works.


Important Dates

February 1 - March 1 -     Submissions accepted online
February 27 - March 1 -   Deliver work to drop-off points
March 27 -                       Exhibition opens to the public
April 20 -                         Reception 7 p.m., Awards Ceremony 8 p.m.
April 21 -                         Exhibition closes
April 27 - 28 -                 Pick up work from original drop-off points     

Terms and Conditions

Review the terms and conditions outlined below, by accepting, the instructor/artist understands and will comply with The Department of Visual Arts policies.

Submissions will be accepted online February 1 - March 1, 2017.

Online entry submission is required to provide detailed information about each student work. This information is used to build an Excel database. The database is then used to verify delivery of physical works and to build the exhibition catalog. Please make sure all information is correct when completing the submission process.

Award winners will be notified by email. In order to receive an award, you must be present or represented at the award ceremony.

Artwork shall remain on display for the full time of the exhibition, but may be withdrawn by the Gallery Director. Please do not ask to remove work early due to a scheduling conflict with another exhibit.

Work must be picked up from original drop-off points on Thursday or Friday, April 27 - 28, 2017 unless other arrangements have been made.

The Department of Visual Arts reserves the right to select, copy, duplicate, or reproduce student work for promotional purposes.

The Visual Arts Department will retain a 20% commission for sold work.

2D WORK MUST BE FRAMED WITH HANGING WIRE INSTALLED. No acetate covered artwork will be exhibited. Poster frames, clip frames and severely scratched Plexiglas are strongly discouraged. Please provide installation instructions and hardware as required for any 2D or 3D work.

***For any 2D or 3D work that has been digitally produced, or if a piece has been photographed previously, please provide the electronic authoring files in addition to the physical work. This could apply to work in any 2D or 3D category. If a piece is chosen for an award, these electronic files will assist in creating the exhibition catalog and awards Powerpoint.

Attach printed entry form to the back of each corresponding physical work. Identify School Name on the outside of delivery package. Works must be packaged and delivered to the drop-off points on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

Please note that although the Department of Visual Arts will take every precaution to protect art work, Greenville Technical College is not responsible for insuring work and does not guarantee the safety of work while on display. 

Entry Categories

Awards will be given for each of the bulleted categories:

  • Design & Color
    Works may be projects or exercises emphasizing the principles and elements of design.
  • Drawing
    Works may be dry or wet media on paper, including mixed media.
  • Painting
    Works may be acrylic, oil, watercolor, tempera, etc.
  • Printmaking
    Works may be monotype, linoleum block, wood block, intaglio, lithography, pronto plates, etc.
  • Ceramics
    Works may be hand-built or wheel-thrown.
  • 3-D/Sculpture
    Works may be modeled, carved, cast, constructed, or assembled.
  • Metals/Jewelry
    Works may be functional or non functional.
  • Photography
    Images may represent any genre. Prints may be black and white, color or any alternative process, any format, from an analog or digital original.
  •  Video
    May be recorded in any format, digital or analog. Must be able to view on a standard computer without proprietary software.
  • Advertising Design/Typography
    Identity design (logo), package design, point of purchase design, or advertising layout. Image or illustration that uses type as the primary element.
  • Digital Imagery/Illustration
    Computer generated images that demonstrate advanced Photoshop techniques (layers). Visualization in any media that stresses subject more than form, elaborating upon textual information (such as a story, poem or newspaper article) by providing a visual representation.
  • Website Design
    Demonstration of proficient design and HTML/CSS web usage to produce an interactive website. Submissions should run from a CD/DVD with all necessary support files.
  • Computer Animation
    Submissions should emphasize techniques of creating the illusion of motion and three-dimensional space. Both Flash (swf) and Photoshop (gif) animations are accepted. Animated interface designs and timeline-based movies intended for publication on the Internet are also included in this category. Submissions should run from a CD/DVD with all necessary support files.   

Drop Off Locations

Abbeville, Laurens & Greenwood Counties
Laurens District #55 High School
5058 Hwy 76 West
Laurens, SC
Jan Coleman, Administrative Assistant 682-3151
Main Office - Drop off on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Anderson, Oconee & Pickens Counties
T.L. Hanna High School
2600 Highway 81 North
Anderson, SC
Kathy Moore 260-5239
Art Dept. - Drop off on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cherokee, Spartanburg & Union Counties
USC Upstate
Visual Arts Center
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC
Becky Bradham, Administrative Assistant 503-5689
Loading dock at VARC 124 - Drop off on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Greenville County
Greenville Technical College
Benson Campus
2522 Locust Hill Road
Taylors, SC
Pat Owens 250-3051 or Lisa Smith 250-3021
VPA Gallery 301-237 - Drop off on or before Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.