San Francisco High School of the Arts

HSArts Prodigious Artist Competition 2021

San Francisco High School of the Arts (HSArts) endeavors to recognize, encourage and nurture artistic talent in the Bay Area. Local youth artists between the ages of 9 to 16 are invited to submit their original work to the inaugural HSArts Prodigious Artist Competition. Participants will submit a high quality photo of their work to HSArts and a panel of professional artists will select the winners based on overall presentation, artistry, aesthetic value, color scheme, originality, composition and design. 

Winners of the 2020 HSArts Art Competition will be recognized at an awards ceremony held at the school and their artwork will be displayed on campus for three months. All contest winners will receive monetary scholarships to support their arts education at HSArts, its middle school, or its after school enrichment programs.

  ► First place award (1): $5,000
  ► Second place award (4) : $ 2,000
  ► Third Place (8): $ 1,000
  ► Honorable mention (10): $500

All contest winners will receive monetary scholarships to support their arts education at HSArts, its middle school, or its after school enrichment programs.

Winners will be announced on February 15, 2021 on the HSArts website. Winning works will be displayed at HSArts starting from April 15, 2021 to July 15, 2021.

  ► Download and print the Application – Student Information and Release Form

  ► Enclose a high quality photo of your artwork:

          Size: Letter size, 300ppi

  ► Mail your completed application form with the photo of your artwork to HSArts before the deadline, January 15, 2021:

          Prodigious Artist Competition
          1950-1970 Page Street
          San Francisco, CA, 94117

  ► Complete the Online Application and Student Release Form

  ► Upload a high quality digital photo of your artwork   

          Resolution: 300ppi
          File format: JPG

  ► Submit your application form before the deadline, January 15, 2021

Accepted mediums for two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  ► Paintings: oil, acrylic paints, watercolor, gouache, tempera, Chinese painting.

  ► Drawings: colored pencil, graphite, ink, pastel, charcoal (charcoal and pastel drawings should be fixed.)

The rules and regulations included here apply to the 2020 HSArts Art Competition:

  ► Contest is open to students between the ages of 9 and 16, living in San Francisco or the surrounding Bay Area.

  ► Each entry should be an original two-dimensional artwork of Western or Eastern style, with the exception of reproductions of any classical realist artwork before the 19th Century.

  ► Copies of other artists’ works or paintings, from other artists’ photographs or from published materials will not be accepted. Any plagiarized work will be immediately disqualified.

  ► Artwork should be completed within the last two years, and must not have won any previous prize or award in any other art competition.

  ► No copies of other artists’ works or paintings from other artists’ photographs or from published material will be allowed. Any plagiarized work will be immediately disqualified.

  ► Artwork must adhere to the policy of the HSArts Art Competition Commission (the Committee).

  ► In accordance with this policy exhibits MUST NOT:

          – depict subjects of contemporary political controversy 

          – depict sensationalistic images 

          – be gruesome nature 

While it is not the intent to censor any artwork, HSArts does wish to avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display at our school.

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