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47th Annual High School Art Competition
Date  January 23-February 25, 2021 @ 1PM - 4PM

47th Annual High School Art Competition 

Calling all High School artists! The Art Center will host it’s 47th Annual High School Student Art Competition January 23 – Feb 25, 2021! This exhibition is designed to educate high school artists on how to professionally enter and display artwork for a juried competition. Along with works from our area high schoolers, the Art Center will also be displaying works from the student’s art teachers in their 3rd Annual High School Art Teacher Exhibit.

Open to high schoolers, grades 9th – 12th, students may enter up to 3 works for $10. Entry drop-off to the Art Center, is as followed: Thursday, January 7, Friday, January 8, and Saturday, January 9, all from 9 am – 4 pm. Note, this is a juried competition, not all entered artworks will be selected for display.

This competition is open to students who live in or attend high school in the following counties:

Adams County, IL | Marion County, MO | Audrain County, MO |

McDonough County, IL | Brown County, IL |  Monroe County, MO

Cass County, IL | Morgan County, IL | Clark County, MO |Pike County, IL

Greene County, IL| Pike County, MO| Hancock County, IL| Ralls County, MO

Knox County, MO| Schuyler County, IL | Lee County, IA | Scott County, IL

Lewis County, MO | Shelby County, MO

This exhibit will be on display at the Quincy Art Center & online at from January 23 – February 25, 2021. Public Hours will be 1 Pm – 4 Pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. This is subject to change based on Coivd-19 Guidelines from local and state agencies.

The health and safety of our community is a priority. The Art Center is following Restore Illinois Guidelines and requires all visitors to adhere to current guidelines when in the Art Center building. Masks are available for those without face coverings. Call us to schedule a free private exhibit viewing. Private viewing is available to everyone and specially created for those that are autoimmune compromised.


Generous sponsorship for Winter 2021 Exhibitions and Educational Programs is provided by:
Jerry & Virginia Holzgrafe, George & Mary Nell, Signe Oakley, Shelley Ali, Ronald and Colae Vecchie, Karl Warma, Bradford & Bonnie Billings, Martha Didriksen, Kent Schnack & Nora Baldner, Michael & Sharon Troup, Daryl & Linda Buechting, Susan Deege, Debra Scoggin-Myers, Great River Watercolor Society, Quincy Artist Guild

Grant support was provided by:
Tracy Family Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Gardner Denver Education Fund through the Community Foundation, Moorman Foundation, JW Gardner II Foundation, Marion Gardner Jackson Charitable Trust The Michelmann Foundation, Quincy Noon Kiwanis, Gem City Breakfast Kiwanis, and Adams Electric Cooperative Penny Power.


High School Show Awards

All awards will be presented at the discretion
of the juror. Criteria for awards include originality and
quality of artwork.
$500 Best of Show
$300 2nd Place
$150 3rd Place
$100 Merit Award (2)
$50 Great River Watercolor Society Award (2), *can be
combined with other awards
$50 Honorable Mention Award (3)
$25 Quincy Artist Guild Award (3)

In addition to these awards, a $250 scholarship will be given to one artist by Truman University.

 These awards will be selected by the juror, Lindsey Dunnagan, Assistant Professor of Art at Truman State University.