Visual Arts Competition

The 17th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

2020 Exhibit Runs February 4 through February 27

Registration for 2020 is now closed.

This annual event showcases and acknowledges 2D, 3D, and Photography, and our newest category - the Lamorinda Artist 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 and a public exhibit of entries at the Art Gallery at the Orinda Library.

Entries accepted for the 2020 High School Student Visual Arts Competition will be on display for public viewing from February 4th through February 27th 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 11th 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: traditional film and digital photography
  • New! Lamorinda Arts Alliance Digital Art Category: two-dimensional artwork that is 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.

Eligibility and 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.

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 be 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.  Nudes are not permitted.  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 $2,900 will be awarded.

1st Place – $300

2nd Place – $200

3rd Place – $100

Honorable Mentions – $25

Best in Show – $300