ARISE: Orange County High School Senior Art Exhibition

The Stark Museum of Art is pleased to announce the third annual ARISE: 2021-2022 Orange County High School Senior Art Exhibition. The exhibition will feature original works of art from high school seniors in Orange County graduating in May 2022. The exhibition will be held October 16 – December 22, 2021 in the Community Gallery at the Stark Museum of Art. The exhibition is open to all seniors for the 2021-2022 school year enrolled in private, public, or homeschool in Orange County.

Important Dates and Information:

  • Registration forms will be available beginning September 7, 2021 at
  • Artwork must be delivered to the Stark Museum of Art by Friday, October 1, 2021 no later than 5:00 p.m. Late entries will not be accepted. All of the entries for an individual campus should be delivered at the same time.
  • The exhibition will be installed in the Community Art Gallery at the Stark Museum of Art and also hosted online as a virtual exhibition through the Museum’s website and social media platforms such as Facebook and YouTube.
  • Orange County public school artwork will be delivered to each campus on January 10, 2022.  Exhibited artwork from Orange County private and homeschools will be available for pick-up between January 5 and 8, 2022 at the Museum’s Welcome Desk. Artwork that is not picked up will be deemed donated and will be discarded or used for other purposes as deemed appropriate by the Stark Museum.

For questions or information, please contact Jennifer Restauri Dickinson at 409.221.6685 or at

Guidelines for Submission:

  1. Artist must be entering their senior year as of August 2021. Artists must be enrolled in a public, private, or homeschool in Orange County.
  2. Artwork must be two-dimensional, and either hand-rendered or traditional/digitally manipulated images. Artwork should be created during the student’s 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year.
  3. Frame and artwork may not exceed 27 ½” x 21 ½” inches. All entries will be measured upon receipt.
  4. Artwork must be appropriate for an audience of all ages, including children. Excessively violent themes, offensive, crude, or derogatory subjects or designs are not permitted. Artworks that reflect controversial, political, or religious themes are not permitted. Stark Museum, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to reject or remove any submission that fails to meet these standards.
  5. Each submission must be completely finished (NO WET PAINT/NO EXCEPTIONS).
  6. Only one original artwork per artist may be submitted. Artwork may not a direct copy of an artist’s work (including but not limited to examples found on the internet through search engines, Pinterest, Instagram, etc.). Artwork found to not be an original will be disqualified and returned to the teacher and/or student. 
  7. Artwork MUST be ready to hang at the time of submission. Artwork must be framed in a black frame. Frames must be equipped with 2 d-rings for hanging. D-rings should be placed a minimum of 3” from the top of the frame. No saw tooth hangers, adhesive wire strips, clips or other fasteners should be used. 
  8. Students and teachers are advised to place all artwork under plexiglass or glass for protection during the exhibition. However, plexiglass or glass are not required framing elements.
  9. Artwork must have artist name and school on the back of his/her submission.
  10. Artist must submit a 150-200 word artist statement about their artwork with their submission. Artist statements must be typed. Artist statements will be on view with the artwork and should be proofed for grammar, spelling, and syntax. Artist statements will be presented as is.
  11. Artists must submit a clear digital image of their unframed submission in .jpg format by email to by entry deadline.
  12. Completed registration form, with student and parent signatures, MUST accompany the artwork. All students regardless of age must have both parent and student signature.

Past Exhibitions