Celebrate the West Art Competitio

The Western Governors’ Foundation is proud to announce the 2021 Celebrate the West regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.

The visual arts challenge is open to high school students in the 17 Western states and three U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA). Complete list of eligible states below.

Entrants will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture.


Annual Amount

First Place $1,500

Second Place $750

Third Place $500

State Winners $200

Additional Selection Criteria

Celebrate the West is open to high school students from Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming.

Entrants will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture.

“Original artwork” is defined as artwork which is unique in concept, design, and execution, and is created directly and personally by the Student. “Original” work is NOT a copy or imitation of another person’s work or images found on the internet.

In brief, here’s how “Celebrate the West” works:

Students will submit a digital copy of their entry via email (WGAart@westgov.org) by April 30, 2021 (multiple entries are allowed). Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc. WGA staff and Denver area art experts will select “Winners” from each state and territory. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.

Students: You must read the Rules carefully before entering!  https://westgov.org/images/editor/2021_Celebrate_the_West_Competition_Rules.docx

Have a question? Email WGAart@westgov.org for answers to any questions.


Application Process

Download Entry Form (Required):  https://westgov.org/images/editor/WGA_Celebrate_the_West_Entry_Form_2021_revised_January_2021.docx

Students will submit a digital copy of their entry via email (WGAart@westgov.org) by April 30, 2021 (multiple entries are allowed). Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc. WGA staff and Denver area art experts will select “Winners” from each state and territory. No purchase or payment of any kind is necessary to enter or win.

Deadline

April 30, 2021

For the application or more information go to:
https://westgov.org/celebrate-the-west/competition/2021-competition