Visual Arts Competition

High School Visual Arts Competition

We are thrilled to kick off The 21st Annual High School Visual Arts Competition!

The High School Visual Arts Competition (VAC) showcases and acknowledges art in four categories: 2D, 3D, Photography, and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art category. All work is by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette, or Moraga, including all schools in the Acalanes Union High School District. The competition features cash awards, merit citations, an in-person art exhibit in the gallery, and an online public exhibit of entries on the Lamorinda Arts Council website.

Registration 2024 is Now Closed.

View the 2023 Gallery of Entries here.
See a full list of past award winners here.


Important Dates for 2024

  • Friday, 1/12 | Registration Opens
  • Friday, 2/23, 11:59pm PST | Registration Deadline (online)
  • Friday, 3/1, 4 - 6pm | Artwork Dropoff Window at Orinda Library
  • Saturday, 3/2, 10am - 12pm | Artwork Drop Off Window at Orinda Library
  • Sunday, 3/3  — Friday, 4/7 | Exhibit in the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library
  • Thursday, 3/14, 7 - 8:30pm | Artist & Awards Reception
  • Saturday & Sunday, 4/6 - 4/7 | Artwork Pickup at Orinda Library

Categories

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: traditional film and digital photography
  • Digital Art (sponsored by Lamorinda Arts Alliance): two-dimensional artwork produced or manipulated on a computer platform and then printed on paper, canvas, or other material. The artwork may be an original digital painting, a digital graphic or illustration, or a photo image that has been manipulated beyond enhancement or applying effect to a photograph. Any use of AI software may not be used and will be disqualified.

Eligibility & Rules

All high school students living in or attending high 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.

Click HERE for detailed guidelines for entry, including size requirements and suitability of content.


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

Awards

Cash prizes for Best in Show and 1st – 3rd place per category, for a total of up to $2,050, will be awarded.

Best in Show – $250

Per Category:
1st Place – $250
2nd Place – $150
3rd Place – $50
Honorable Mentions – certificate