WGA Announces 2018 Celebrate the West Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce is third annual “Celebrate the West” regional art competition, which challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.

WGA’s visual arts challenge, sponsored by the Western Governors’ Foundation, is open to high school students in the 19 Western states and three U.S.-flag islands served by the nonpartisan policy association. (Complete list of states below.)

Entrants from WGA member states 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. See a slideshow of last year's winners. 

“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.

Winning artists will receive cash prizes and their works will be displayed at an upcoming WGA Governors’ meeting, as well as on the WGA website. Here’s how “Celebrate the West” works:

  • Students will submit a digital copy of their entry via email by April 30, 2018. (Entries may be scanned, a digital photo, etc.) WGA staff and Denver area art experts will select “Finalists” from states and flag islands.
  • Finalists will be displayed at the WGA Governors’ Summer Meeting to be held in Rapid City, South Dakota June 25-27, 2018. Finalists will compete for First, Second, and Third Place Awards voted on by meeting attendees, which include governors and their staff, U.S. Cabinet members, and WGA sponsors. The First-Place Prize award is $1,000, the Second-Place prize is $500, and Third-Place will be awarded $300 ($200 each will be awarded to remaining state finalist).

Students may also have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in their home state’s capitol building and meet with their governor. This is subject to scheduling and and may not be availabile to all students.

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

Students: Read the Rules carefully before entering! Have a question? Ask it via email. Ready to enter? E-mail your entry.

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