It is time for students to shine. High School students in Prince Albert and area are welcome to submit work to the 9th Annual High School Juried Art Show!
Eligibility and Requirements
This exhibition is now taking place online and student artworks will be shown on our website www.mannartgallery.ca. Submissions will be taken up until May 1st and students can submit two pieces of art, in any medium, as long as it has been photographed. Tips for photographing artwork can be found at the end of the exhibition details. Winners will be announced on May 8th.
Process & Entry Rules:
Registration: Please let the MAG know of your intention to participate in the exhibition as soon as possible by calling or emailing or Acting Gallery Educator Danielle Castle, email@example.com / 306-763-7080. We will put your name/school / and/or group on the contact list.
Submitting your art: The deadline for submissions is May 1st. Artworks must be photographed and sent via email to the educator.
Submission Standards & Rules
Two works can be submitted: Students can submit photographs of two separate artworks. Depending on the size of the show we may be able to show both but this does not mean both artworks will be featured. I have included tips for photographing artwork at the end of the exhibition details.
Label: Each artwork must come with identification and information: student's first and last names, title, medium, school/group and grade. You can also make a short statement about your artwork! New this year: The students can price their artwork. Include a price with an email address, so potential buyers can contact the artist about purchasing.
Types of Art: All mediums are encouraged; work must be original in design (not created from a pattern charted by another artist/designer or reproduced without alteration from another artist's work); work may have been produced outside of school art classes; work must have been produced within the past year (2019).
Jury Selection & Display: MAG staff will make selections from the submissions to be included in the exhibition. We will let students know as soon as possible before the exhibition which artworks will be included in the juried show. Artworks will be juried for 5 cash prizes which will be presented on May 8th.
Contract Note: Images of student artworks included in the exhibition may be reproduced by MAG staff on HSJAS invitations, HSJAS posters, and for purposes of documenting and promoting the HSJAS exhibition program. By submitting artwork, the student agrees to these conditions.
Reception & Awards Night: Due to the pandemic of COVID-19 the gallery is currently closed to the public so we may not be able to hold a reception or awards night. I will be in contact with winners and work out details about sharing the good news with the public of our community.
Confirming your participation? Any questions?
Contact: Danielle Castle, firstname.lastname@example.org or call the gallery and speak to the director at 306-763-7080
Thank you for your dedication to student art! We are looking forward to seeing your submissions.
Tips for photographing your artwork
1. Hang pictures on a wall
Artists will want to show their artwork flat against a surface with a front and center shot of the work. Often artists will have paintings leaning against a wall and shot from an angle. We urge you to not do this! Find a neutral colored wall (white, black, gray) and hang your work at a height where the middle of your piece will be parallel to where your camera will be—either on a tripod or resting sturdily on a table or other surface.
Light the sculpture by using two lights (one on either side of the piece). Use a neutral background when photographing the work so it does not cause distraction. If the sculpture is meant to be viewed from every angle, then take 4 images of the piece: front, right side, back, left side. Try your best to eliminate shadows by lighting the sculpture from all angles.
3. Lighting is key
Natural light is the best for photographing works. You can use a room with plenty of windows or go outdoors. An overcast or cloudy day is the best time to shoot outside because you will want to use indirect sunlight. Natural light can be a beautiful way to photograph your work as long as it is indirect.
If natural light isn’t an option you will need a lighting kit. You do not need to invest in a professional one to create your own kit.
You will need at least two lights for a 2-dimensional work. If you have a sculpture you may need to add more lights to capture everything without creating a bunch of shadows. Clamp lights are nice to work with because they are easy to place and move around. Lamps with bulbs that have adjustable movement are also ideal.
Place the lights halfway between the camera and the canvas at a 45-degree angle pointing toward the wall. If you have umbrellas for your lights, attach them now.
LIGHT HACK: If you don’t have a professional lighting kit, you can diffuse the light with a white sheet or white plastic between the lights and your work. This helps to evenly distribute the light. You want to eliminate shadows and glares as much as possible.
4. Adjust your camera and settings
Once your artwork is secured to the wall, double check that the camera is set to the lens lines up with the middle of the painting. You want to position your camera so that the frame is filled with most of the painting, with a bit of background that you can crop out later. It is important for many juries to see the edges of the paintings to get a sense of scale.
The ISO and aperture of your camera are very important to get clear, crisp and bright images of your artwork. ISO references what film speed used to measure. The higher the number, the more sensitive the film was to light and the coarser the image. In this case, since we want very crisp images, we want a low ISO. Studio shots will generally be shot at ISO 100.
The f-stop of the aperture of your camera adjusts how much light is let through the lens by making the opening bigger or smaller. The higher the number, the less light is being passed through. With a DSLR the ideal range for shooting artworks is between f-8 and f-11.
TIP: Set your camera’s timer to four or five seconds so that pressing the shutter button doesn’t create a shake in your image.
5. Editing photographs
There are plenty of free or inexpensive photo editing software alternatives out there that will help minimize any inconsistencies. Photoshop is definitely one of the best softwares to use but there are plenty of free photo editing apps you can use. Do not over edit- We want to see your artwork as it would be seeing it in person.
Please fill out this tag so we can have all the information for your artwork. It is needed for the juried process for the High School Juried Art Show.
1.Student Name (First & Last):
2.School or Group & Grade:
6.(Optional) Email address:
7.(Optional) Small Artist Statement:
CONTRACT NOTE: Images of student artworks included in the exhibition may be reproduced by MAG staff on HSJAS invitations, HSJAS posters, MAG website and internet sites include Facebook for purposes of documenting and promoting the HSJAS exhibition program. By submitting artwork, the student agrees to these conditions.