2020 High School Art Challenge

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

The Human Footprint on the Environment: Impacts & Solutions

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

  • Why does global warming matter?
  • Can we stop the climate crisis?
  • Could technology ruin nature?
  • How should we plan our lives to keep the Earth’s natural resources safe?
  • What are the consequences of waste (resources, food, energy, etc.)?
  • How does the climate crisis affect people who are not responsible for the greenhouse gases that are causing the crisis?
  • How can we increase reusing, repairing, and recycling?
  • How could I help increase awareness of environmental protection?
  • How could I interact with someone who is not very sensitive about environmental protection?
  • How are solutions to the climate crisis related to peace?
  • Climate Action is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations, how is Climate Action related to the other SDGs?

Grades: 9-12

Criteria: Work must be two-dimensional and must be mounted individually on black matte board (18” x 24” horizontal and no more than 1/8th inch thick). You may use acetate to cover delicate works such as charcoal or pastel.

Paperwork: All projects must be submitted with the filled-out name tags typed, printed in color, and mounted on black matte board (5.5” x 8.5”) on both sides. On one side, the name tag should include the name of the student, school, his/her teacher’s name, the title for the art piece and a brief statement (1-3 sentences) describing the artwork’s message. On the other side, only the title for the art piece and the brief statement should appear. Moreover, another name tag will full information (name of student, school, teacher’s name, title) should be taped (or glued) to the back of the art piece’s matte board for ease of identification.  Please fill out the teacher inventory form for your school as well.  Both the name tag template and the teacher inventory form are available at the end of this document.

Click here name tag template and the teacher inventory form.

Timeline: The deadline for submissions is April 30th, 2020.  Work will be returned after the awards ceremony and final exhibit during PeaceQuest 2020, which will be held in late September.

Display & Awards: Finalists will be selected based on juror’s choice. After that, finalist art pieces will be shown at multiple venues and winners will be decided based on public vote and juror’s choice. The awards are: $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. The first place winner will also receive a matting and framing gift certificate from Saper Galleries and Custom Framing. There will also be several honorable mentions, which will receive $25. Each participant student will receive a certificate.  A certificate and a gift will also be presented to the participating art teachers.

Please email Ms. Heidi Irvine hirvine@hpsk12.net with questions and to sign up ASAP!  We will let you know how many pieces your school can submit once we know how many schools are participating.

This year’s art challenge is organized and sponsored by the following:

Intercultural Association of Michigan

The mission of Intercultural Association of Michigan (IAM) is to promote and organize activities to foster diversity, social integration, community involvement and volunteering. IAM is dedicated to intercultural dialog between Michigan’s ethnic communities. More information at interculturalmichigan.org

Greater Lansing United Nations Association

The mission of Greater Lansing Chapter of the United Nations Association is to inspire and mobilize the community to support the work of the United Nations and its agencies through education and advocacy. More information at gluna.org

The Michigan Climate Action Network

The Michigan Climate Action Network is a network of groups and individuals working to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement in the Great Lakes state to call for clean energy solution that   will put us on a path to climate stability and climate justice. More information at https://www.miclimateaction.org/