Visual Arts Competition

The 16th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

2019 Exhibit Runs February 14 through March 14

Registration for 2019 has now closed

This annual event showcases and acknowledges 2D, 3D, and Photography/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 Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.

Entries accepted for the 2019 High School Student Visual Arts Competition will be on display for public viewing from February 14th through March 14th at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library, 24 Orinda Way. Gallery hours are Mon to Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri and Sat, 10am-6pm; and Sun 1-5pm.

An Artists and Awards reception will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 7-8:30pm at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.  This is a free event, open to the public.  Please join us to celebrate our young artists!

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.

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 Art Gallery at the Orinda Library is a public place in the library building visited by patrons of all ages.  Artwork displayed must be appropriate for children.  If you have questions about the suitability of your content, contact the curator.  Artwork will be approved for display at the discretion of the Lamorinda Arts Council and the City of Orinda.

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


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