Art Categories

A Note on Size Limitation for All Art Categories
Regional programs may limit the size of work that they accept. Please refer to your regional guidelines for details.

Oversized works that earn National Medals are not guaranteed opportunities for display in the National Exhibition.

Architecture & Industrial Design

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Ceramics & Glass

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Comic Art

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Design

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Digital Art

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Drawing & Illustration

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Expanded Projects

Category Description

Interdisciplinary work that is primarily driven by concept or invites participation by a viewer or community. Expanded Projects may include the documentation of live art, installation, research-based practices, or interactive visual art. Expanded Projects do not include dance, music, theater, or spoken word poetry.

Original work in this category will explore new genres, ideas, or experimental methods that could not be represented in other categories. The evaluation of technical skill may include both the way the work is documented and the conceptual background of the work in addition to the work’s construction.

Expanded Projects that don’t fit the category description or that belong in another category will not be awarded.

Examples (including but not limited to)

Documentation of live art, experimental video art, installation, site-specific or research-driven processes, conceptual art, social discourse, or community projects.

Do not submit dance, music, theater, or spoken word poetry to the Scholastic Awards.

Submissions

You must upload 1-8 files that clearly present the work. (.pdf, .jpg, .mp3, or .mp4)

The file size limit for each upload is 350 MB. If you are having trouble uploading a video file, please visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Along with the work, you must submit a written statement that summarizes the work and contextualizes the files that are submitted. This statement must not include your name or biographical information because it will be viewed by the judges.

Collaboration

Expanded Projects submissions can include up to five collaborators.

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Fashion

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Film & Animation

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Jewelry

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Mixed Media

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Painting

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Photography

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Printmaking

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Sculpture

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Art Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
A series of 6 distinct works that communicate a single cohesive idea or visual investigation. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

Seniors may submit up to two Art Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Expanded Projects submissions may not be submitted as part of an Art Portfolio.

Special Instructions
Each work within the Art Portfolio is subject to the same upload rules as its equivalent in individual categories. For example, a sculpture entry as part of a portfolio is allowed up to four images, while a photography entry is allowed one image.

  •  Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Drawing and Illustration, Mixed Media, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to enter a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  •  Seniors may resubmit artworks submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their Art Portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.
  • Expanded Projects works cannot be included in portfolio submissions.

Artist Statement: You must submit a written statement that provides insight into the creative processes used to render the cohesive collection of works in your portfolio. Your artist statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will be viewable by jurors. Do not use self-identifying information in the statement.

Potential Considerations

    • What do you want viewers to understand about your collection of works?
    • What are the key ideas, issues, struggles, or goals within the portfolio?
    • Did you make deliberate decisions about materials, processes, etc.?

Personal Statement: You must tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Your personal statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will not be available to view by jurors. It may however, be viewed by the scholarship committee should your portfolio advance to the national round of judging.

Potential Considerations

    • What is a significant challenge, setback, or failure that you experienced? How did you respond to it? How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Have you ever had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

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Writing Categories

Instructions for all Writing Categories

  • Submissions must be primarily in English.
  • Use a clear, standard font that is not excessively large or small.
  • The title should appear at the top of the first page; do not include a separate title page. Poems should be titled individually.
  • No identifying information, including the student’s name, should appear anywhere on the manuscript.
  • Please use fictional names for real people in non-fiction works.
  • No illustrations, photographs, graphics or hyperlinks are permitted.
  • Sources must be cited. Footnotes/works cited are not considered part of the word count.
  • Collaborative works are not allowed in any writing categories.

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Critical Essay

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Dramatic Script

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Flash Fiction

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Humor

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Journalism

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Novel Writing

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Personal Essay & Memoir

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Poetry

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Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Short Story

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Writing Portfolio

(For Graduating Seniors Only)

Category Description
A series of 6 distinct works that demonstrate versatility as a writer and diversity in writing techniques and styles. The works can come from one category or any combination of multiple categories.

Graduating Seniors may submit up to two Writing Portfolios, but may not submit the same work in both portfolios.

Special Instructions
The word count for each piece submitted in a writing portfolio should adhere to the length limits listed in each individual category. The maximum length for a writing portfolio is 24,000 words (not including the writer’s statement).

  • Work included in a portfolio may also be submitted in an individual category (i.e. Short Story, Critical Essay, etc.). You will be able to indicate if you want to submit a work a part of a portfolio only, an individual submission only, or both on your student dashboard.
  • Seniors may resubmit writing submitted to the Scholastic Awards in a previous year as part of their writing portfolio.
  • Do not include any identifying information, such as your name, in the title of your portfolio or the works included in the submission.

Artist Statement: Submit a written statement that provides insight into the processes used to create the six works in your portfolio. Your artist statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will be viewable by jurors. Do not use self-identifying information in the statement.

Potential Considerations

    • What do you want readers to understand about your collection of works?
    • What are the key ideas, issues, struggles, or goals within the portfolio?
    • Did you make deliberate decisions about voice, literary devices, etc.?

Personal Statement: You must tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it. Your personal statement must not exceed 500 words. The statement will not be available to view by jurors. It may however, be viewed by the scholarship committee should your portfolio advance to the national round of judging.

Potential Considerations

    • What is a significant challenge, setback, or failure that you experienced? How did you respond to it? How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
    • Have you ever had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?

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