Annual High School Exhibition Submission Information

Save the Work, Save the Dates:


UNCP 40th Annual Juried High School Exhibition

Drop off submissions Friday, January 22, 10 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. in the gallery.


On View: Monday, February 1- Saturday, February 6

Awards Ceremony: Saturday, February 6 via Webex


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


The A.D. Gallery invites you to celebrate the 40th 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 North Carolina and South Carolina 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.   This year we are also encouraging digital submissions for those unable to drop off physical work.   Both will be juried and exhibited in the gallery space and share the $600 in prizes.    

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 by appointment before 6 p.m. on January 22.  The gallery will be staffed for submissions on the 22nd from10 a.m. to 6 p.m.    Due to limited staffing before the start of our semester, all other times must be arranged with the gallery director via email at      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 Saturday, February 6, but not earlier.   All other remaining work can only be stored at our gallery until Friday, February 12.  Unfortunately,  all artwork left remaining after February 12, 2020 will have to be discarded.

Reception & Awards

Our current Covid-19 guidelines only permit nine visitors in the gallery at a time.   We encourage you all to plan to visit the gallery prior to the closing reception.   The closing reception and announcing of awards will hosted virtually via WebEx on Saturday, February 6, at 1:30 p.m.  A link to this reception will be sent to all participants in January.  Work may be picked up after the reception by appointment the following week.

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.