Annual High School Exhibition Submission Information

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UNCP 39th Annual Juried High School Exhibition

Drop off submissions DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Wednesday, January 15, 5:00 p.m.


On View: Monday, January 20- Saturday, February 1

Closing Reception: Saturday, February 1, 12:30-2:00 p.m.


First Place  Award-     $300
Second Place Award -$200
Third Place Award-     $100

The A.D. Gallery invites you to celebrate the 39th annual juried exhibition for regional high school students. This
show is designed to offer a professionally organized gallery exhibition to artistically accomplished high school students. The exhibition celebrates and rewards student talent and recognizes art teachers for their encouragement and effective teaching skills.

Submission Information



The competition is open to all current regional high school students who can deliver their artwork to the gallery during the drop off dates.   Please speak with your art instructor, as they may be dropping off work for the entire class.

Entry Procedure

Entries are typically selected by local art instructors and are hand-delivered to our campus.   We ask that schools with multiple instructors work together to select the best work from each school.  Accordingly, the limit of submissions for one school is 20 entries.   

The entry form for schools is downloadable as a word file at the bottom of this page.  The form should contain information for each piece of artwork submitted.   This information should also be duplicated on the back of each artwork for identification.   It is suggested that you make a copy of the completed entry form and cut out this information from the copy to tape directly to the back of each artwork.

Delivery & Pick-up 

Drop off all submissions directly at our gallery from Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 10, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.  It is helpful to call our office manager, Nicole Beverly,  at 910.521.6216 on the day of delivery. Please arrange other times with the gallery director.   Directions to the gallery are here.  

After the work is juried, the selected artwork will be placed in the gallery and artwork that is not accepted will be also stored for the duration of the exhibition.  All artwork may be picked up after the closing reception on  Saturday, February 1, at 2:00 p.m., but not earlier.   All other remaining work can only be stored at our gallery until Friday, February 7.  Unfortunately,  all artwork left remaining after February 7, 2020 will have to be discarded.

Reception & Awards

Everyone who submits work is encouraged to attend the reception on Saturday, February 1, from 12:30-2:00 p.m. along with your family, teachers, and loved ones.   Refreshments will be served at 12:30 and the show will remain open for viewing until 2:00 p.m.   The gallery director will make his official welcome at 1:30 p.m. and announce all of the awards at this time.   

Framing and Presentation

All two-dimensional work submitted must be either framed, wired,  or matted in such a way that it can be hung safely for the duration of the exhibition.   Extremely cheap poster frames are discouraged, as they often have very fragile cardboard mounts.   If the gallery staff determines the work is not safe for display, it will be disqualified and kept in storage until after the reception with the rest of the work.  This standard applies for all work that must be displayed on a wall.    All other three-dimensional work must be self-supporting or able to be place on a pedestal.