2018 High School Visual Arts Competition

The 15th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

This annual event showcases and acknowledges 2D, 3D, and Photography, and Digital Designs, work by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School. The competition features cash awards, merit citations and a month long public exhibit of entries at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.  Register now until midnight February 23, click here.

Competition Details


The Lamorinda Arts Council High School Visual Arts Competition accepts entries for:

  • 2D: painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage
  • 3D: ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, construction
  • Photography/Digital Design: traditional film and digital design
Eligibility and Rules

All high school students living in or attending school in Moraga, Orinda, or Lafayette and/or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School, are invited to participate. Students may submit only one art piece per category, but may enter more than one category.

Artwork must be created while the student attends high school (9-12 grade). During the registration process, students will be asked to list their teacher’s name for artwork that was created in class during school. We want to acknowledge the contribution of Art Teachers on behalf of our students and community. Artwork that was created outside of school may submitted as long as the work was done while attending high school.

The Online Registration Form will be active soon, ending at midnight on 2/23.

Judges/Judging Criteria

Professionals with experience in (practicing, teaching, or representing) the categories judge the competition. The criteria used for judging is:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Content
  • Degree of expertise in the chosen medium

Remember, presentation is important, and your 2D art and/or Photography will show better if nicely framed.


Artists & Awards Reception

An Artists and Awards reception will be held on Wednesday, March 7th, 7 - 8:30 pm at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.

Co-Sponsored by Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO), Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), and Moraga Educational Foundation (MEF). 


Cash prizes for 1st - 3rd place per category, plus honorable mention, totaling up to $2,400 will be awarded. 

1st Place - $300
2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100
Honorable Mentions - $25
Best in Show - $300

Gallery Details

Entries accepted for the 2018 High School Student Visual Arts Competition will be on display for public viewing March 1 - March 25th, at the Orinda Library Art Gallery, 24 Orinda Way. Gallery hours are Mon to Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri and Sat, 10am-6pm; and Sun 1-5pm.

Important: Artwork Preparation

Remember that your art will be displayed at a professional art exhibit; therefore presentation and preparation is important.

2D art and Photography framing must meet the requirements for the Orinda Library Gallery’s two different hanger systems. Both systems require wall art to have a wire spanning the entire width of the back side of the frame. This includes both framed and unframed artwork. On framed artwork, wires fastened to flat eye-hooks need to be taut and optimally about 4-5” from the top of the painting (this is so the top of the painting doesn’t swing out from the wall.) Please do not use saw-toothed hangers, which will not work with the gallery hanging system. Unframed foamcore and cardboard mounted artwork also require wires that span the back. The wires should be secured with industrial strength glue and strong duct tape to keep them in place.

Please have all hanging artwork with wire installed and ready for hanging before turning in artwork for the competition. Any artwork not properly framed and wired for installation will not be accepted.

Artwork Release of Liability

The Lamorinda Arts Council is proud of our stewardship of the students' artwork and quite strict in documenting the receipt and return of the numerous pieces of artwork processed by our all-volunteer staff. Video surveillance, funded in part by the Lamorinda Arts Council, is installed at the Orinda Library Art Gallery to insure the security of your artwork. However, the Lamorinda Arts Council and City of Orinda do require that you agree to a release of liability during the online registration process.


Thank you to the educational foundations who sponsor the Visual Arts Competition: