Art-for-ALL Student Art Exhibition – June 19-28, 2015

by | Apr 17, 2015 | News

Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences Lobby

 About Art-for-ALL:  The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a forum for student artists to display their work and to recognize excellence.  The exhibition will be held in the lobby of the Clay Center during the ten days of FestivALL Charleston and will be free and open to the public.  A slide show of submitted works will be displayed on the websites of FestivALL Charleston and the Clay Center.

Reception and Art Fairs:  An opening reception and awards ceremony will be held at the Clay Center on Saturday, June 27, 2015, from 3-5 pm.  Awards will be presented at 4 pm.  All artists, their family and friends, and the public are invited to this celebration.  The Capitol Street Art Fair and Children’s Art Fair will take place on June 27-28 in downtown Charleston and everyone is also invited to attend these free events.

Eligibility:  Jurying for Art-for-ALL is open to all children in grades pre-K through 6th grade in Boone, Clay, Fayette, Kanawha, Lincoln, and Putnam Counties.  Each child may submit one entry.  Work needs to have been completed after January 1, 2014.  Entries must be original works in the following categories:

2-D, including painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, printing, and graphic arts

3-D, including sculpture, pottery, woodcrafts, glass, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and constructions with recycled materials

Video, with a maximum of five minutes per video submitted

Accepted 2-D works need to be on a firm backing, e.g. cardboard or poster board, using double-sided tape or other fasteners, not glue.  Frames and mats are optional.  FestivALL Charleston will assist with providing backing if needed in specific circumstances.  3-D works need to be sturdy and stable and/or secured to a base.

Entry Procedure:

1)Submit work by May 1, 2015 by email to the following address:

2)Use jpeg files and include the child’s name, e.g. mary, in the title of each file.

3)Include an email message with contact information with the full name of the child, the name of the parent(s), email and/or postal address, telephone number, name of school or designate if home-schooled, grade, and teacher, if a teacher is involved in submitting the work.

4)Note that by submitting the work the child and parent(s) agree to its inclusion in the slide show and the exhibition and to its use in promotional materials.  The name and school of the child will be included unless other arrangements are made with the school and/or producer of the art fairs.

5)Work that is accepted for the exhibition will require a printed copy of a permission slip signed by the child and the parent(s).   There is no standard form for this permission slip.

Selection of Work:  A jury consisting of the exhibition producer and one artist from each county will meet in May to select work for the exhibition.  By May 20, 2015, all children will be sent a letter recognizing them for submitting their work.  Children whose work is accepted for exhibition will be notified how to deliver their pieces of work to a central collection point within their county.  Delivery processes and deadlines will vary by county, with the final deliveries due by June 15, 2015.  FestivALL Charleston will arrange to bring the work to the Clay Center and to put backing on any 2-D art that still needs it.

Awards:  All children whose work is exhibited at the Clay Center will be recognized with a certificate.  In addition, ribbons will be given for excellence and merit at each grade level, and a People’s Choice award will be given at the end of the reception based on votes by people who vote on FaceBook or at the exhibition.

Return of Work:  In early July the work will be returned to central collection points in each county, where arrangements may be made to pick it up.

Schedule –Deadlines are as follows:

May 1: Deadline to submit work and contact information by email

May 1-20: Jurying of work

May 20: Recognition of participation to all children who submit work, and notice to children of work that is accepted for exhibition.  Those whose work is accepted will be given specific directions for submitting the work in their county.

By June 15: Submission of work for exhibition, along with signed permission slip, to a central collection point in each county.  Counties may establish earlier deadlines between May 1 and June 15.

June 19-28: Exhibit open during hours when the Clay Center lobby is open.  These are the days of FestivALL Charleston – see the website,, for a schedule of events.  The full schedule will be available in late April or early May.

June 27: Reception and awards ceremony from 3-5 pm at the Clay Center.

June 27-28: The Capitol Street Art Fair and Children’s Art Fair are held on June 28 between 10 am and 6 pm and on June 29 between 11 am and 5 pm.  These are free events that include make and take activities for children, a children’s art sale by Charleston neighborhood programs, performance stages, and street performers.


-Information on FestivALL Charleston is available at

-Information on the Clay Center is available at

-For questions about the student art exhibition, contact Betty Rivard, producer of FestivALL art fairs, at or 304-354-8972.

Sponsors:  Art-for-ALL is sponsored by the Elliot Family Foundation, the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, the Central WV Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Clay Center.