2021 High School Art Challenge

We invite high school students to create original art about the following theme:

Challenges, Feelings, and Takeaways from COVID-19

Students may consider the following questions in planning and preparing their work:

  • What social justice issues has the pandemic highlighted? For example, you may consider inequalities in healthcare access, technology access, and education. Other issues such as growing economic disparity, disproportionate level of job losses for low income populations and domestic violence may also be considered.
  • What are some challenges you or other people have experienced?
  • What feelings have you experienced while being away from school, friends and loved ones?
  • What are some of the lessons learned?
  • Are there any takeaways about things we have taken for granted?
  • How could we have handled the pandemic better?
  • How should we plan our lives going forward?
  • Have you seen or heard any positive messages that uplifted you during the pandemic?

Grades: 9-12

Criteria: Work must be two-dimensional. You need to take a quality photo of your artwork under good lighting and minimal shadow.

Submission: Submit your photo, the title for the art piece and a brief statement (1-3 sentences) describing the artwork’s message along with your consent at the submission page.

Timeline: The deadline for submissions is September 20th, 2021.

Display & Awards: Finalists and winners will be selected based on juror’s choice. The awards are: $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. In addition, there will be several honorable mentions.

Please email peacequestlansing@gmail.com with questions.