Teachers have a choice between two options for submitting student artwork for consideration in the art exhibit at Arts Alive 2020. Each pathway for submitting student artwork will use the same set of criteria.

Submit art work directly to the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)

  1. Any K-12 visual art teacher in WV can submit student art work to the WVDE for consideration in the Arts Alive 2020
  2. There is no limit to how many pieces an individual teacher, school or county can submit.
  3. Consider submitting larger, group/corporate projects!
  4. For the submission process, only pictures of the artwork are to be digitally uploaded or mailed to the WVDE for consideration. DO NOT MAIL art work.
  5. Notification will be on or before March 13, 2020. Only those pieces chosen for exhibit are to be physically sent to the WVDE.
  6. ALL artwork must be titled. It is acceptable to use “Untitled”.  If one student, however, submits multiple pieces, only one piece can bear the name “Untitled”.  Additional pieces from the same student can be “Untitled A”, ‘Untitled B”, etc or “Untiled 1”, “Untitled 2”, etc.
  7. Digital submissions to the WVDE follow the designated link for Visual Art – wvde.us/arts-alive/visual-art-form
  8. If you want to send a hard copy submission contact Dr. Raymond Lowther 304-558-5325 or ray.lowther@k12.wv.us prior to sending any art work.

2-D Submissions: Digital submissions of 2-D artwork should be matted and ready for display.  As a general guideline, 2-D submissions should be no larger than 24” x 36.”  Larger works, however, will be considered.

3-D Submissions:  As a general guideline, pieces should be no heavier than 40 lbs and should be portable enough for one person to handle. Larger, heavier works, however, will be considered. If art work is accepted, the teacher, student, or county representative must:  a) accept sole responsibility for transporting the piece to and from the Culture Center on the day of Arts Alive 2020.  b) meet all timelines and c) honor Arts Alive exhibit procedures and protocol.

If you have questions about VISUAL ART submissions (through YAM or WVDE), please contact Katy Crim kcrim@k12.wv.us

All digital submissions to the WVDE must be received by February 28, 2020.

Submit art work to Youth Art Month (YAM) Exhibit

  • Any Pre-K-12 teacher can now enter art work to YAM.
  • Educators who are NOT members of the West Virginia Arts Educators Association (WVAEA) will pay a $10.00 entry fee per submission.
  • WVAEA members will not have an entry fee.
  • Please see detailed YAM submission information below and visit http://www.wvaea.com/ for appropriate forms.

Eligibility: Each of the 55 counties in West Virginia may submit FOUR 2-Dimensional artworks and/or THREE 3-Dimensional artworks completed by any WV Pre-K-12 students during the current academic year. Each participating teacher from your county must be a current WVAEA member to submit artworks for these exhibits. It is your county’s responsibility to decide how to choose/judge artwork for their exhibit submissions.

NOTE:  Each county may submit one additional piece for the Digital Award and one additional piece for the Watercolor Award. This enables each county to increase the total number of 2-D submissions to 6, provided the two additional pieces fall into these categories:

2-D Matting:  Send your county’s artwork matted and ready for display. It is your county’s responsibility to decide how to mat their four exhibit submissions. If the submissions are matted poorly, they may be re-matted.

Size Limitations if Art Work is Shipped

2-D Submissions

NOTE:  Work should be no larger than 24” X 36”.  However, 2-D submissions may exceed the 24” X 36” size requirement provided the work is transported by a county representative (or the teacher) to and from the gallery and the Culture Center for the Arts Alive 2020 Exhibit. WVAE will not ship works that exceed 24” X 36” including mats.

NOTE:  Every effort should be made to deliver the 2-D and 3-D works at the “Day in the Studio” February 22, 2020 at the Parkersburg Art Center (725 Market Street).  When you deliver your 3-D work! This is your chance to enter larger works in the competition and we are excited to offer everyone this opportunity!

3-D Submissions

NOTE:  Do not ship 3-D submissions.  These works:  a) are not to exceed 40 pounds; b) should be portable for one person to handle and c) must be picked up by a county representative if the teacher or student is unable to transport the work personally.  

Deliver 3-D works at the “Day in the Studio” February 22, 2020 at the Parkersburg Art Center (725 Market Street). 

Visit  WVAEA YAM Application Form  for more information and appropriate forms and deadlines for WVAEA State Youth Art Month Exhibit.

All art work for the WVAEA State Youth Art Month Exhibit must be postmarked by February 15, 2020.

Entries to be mailed should be sent to:

Katy Crim
Art Department Head
Robert C. Byrd High School
1 Eagle Way
Clarksburg, WV  26301