The Art Center

High School Student Art Competition

49th Annual High School Art Competition 

Calling all High School artists! The Art Center will host it’s 49th Annual High School Student Art Competition from January 28 – Feb 22, 2023! 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 5th Annual High School Art Teacher Exhibit.

Open to high schoolers, grades 9th – 12th, students may enter up to 3 works for $12. Entry drop-off to the Art Center is as followed: Wednesday, Jan. 11, Thursday, Jan. 12, Friday, Jan. 13, and Saturday, Jan. 14 from 11 AM – 6 PM. Note, this is a juried competition, not all entered artworks will be selected for display. 

Teen Take Over and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, Jan. 28, 1– 3pm, with competition awards announced at 2:30pm. Area university art & design departments will have information booths. Select universities will award scholarships and prizes. Art Center will also give away participation prizes. An alternate event date will be Saturday, February 4, 1 – 3pm if the original scheduled event is postponed due to bad weather.

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 from January 28 – Febuary 22, 2023. Public Hours will be 11 AM – 6 Pm on Wednesday – Saturday. 

48th Annual High School Student Art Competition

On Exhibit: Saturday, January 29 – February 24, 2022 

Exhibit Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.The Art Center is located at 1515 Jersey St. in Quincy, IL. Art Center exhibits are always free and open to the public.

The Quincy Art Center is proud to announce the winners of the 48th Annual High School Student Art Competition. Submission for this competition was open to high school artists in grades 9th – 12th from 20 counties in the Tri-state area. A total of 100 works of art were selected from those submitted for the Art Center’s latest exhibit. The juror for the 48th Annual High School Student Art Competition is Michael Omichi Quintero, a Professor of Art at St. Louis Community College on Florissant Valley Campus. Omichi Quintero said this to those who entered, “I celebrate the accomplishments of the young artists who submitted their works, the selfless work and dedication of their instructors, and the parents whose love and support make it all possible.”

In addition to the competition, the Art Center is also hosting the 5th Annual High School Art Teacher Exhibit. All high school visual art teachers with students who entered the high school competition were eligible to enter. The winner of the Art Teacher Award is awarded $300 to use toward their classroom to purchase art supplies, art equipment, or an art lesson brought to your classroom by the Art Center. 

Area colleges and universities will be present for the Teen Takeover event on Saturday, Feb. 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Awards will be given out during that event. Teen Takeover is free and open to the public. 


48th Annual High School Student Art Competition Award Winners: 

Best of Show: Grace Kirby Coca-Cola, Hannibal High School

Second Place: Dalphna Rainbolt, My Happy Place, Pittsfield High School

Third Place: Mariana Tecpanecatl, Faceless, Fort Madison High School

Merit Awards (2): 

Jocelyn Dorsey, Cafe Music, Hannibal High School

Elaina Dyke, Tree-Pot, Hannibal High School

Honorable Mention (4):

Ichrak Abboud, Tea Time, Fort Madison High School

Khloee Hinton, Livin’ Like Larry, Hannibal High School

Seth Miller, Cricket, Logan Private Studio 

Great River Watercolor Society Awards (2):

Aunastasiea Anderson, Shroom, Fort Madison High School 

Molly Springer, Frozen Snow, Pittsfield High School 

Special Recognition Awards: 

Madison Meyer, Two Pears in a Pod, Fort Madison High School 

Kathryn Moyers, Kleos (The Goddess of Empowerment), Highland High School 

Daneille Welte, Chubs and Ribs, Highland High School  

Generous Sponsorship has been provided by: 

Steve & Judy Siebers, Friends of the Art Center, Signe Oakley, Jerry & Virginia Holzgrafe, George & Mary Nell Meyer, Kent Schnack & Nora Baldner, Martha Didriksen, Debra Scoggin-Myers, Gary & Sue Ann Winking, Great River Watercolor Society, Zoup!

48th Annual High School Student Art Competition Awards: