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Celebrate the West is a regional art competition hosted by the Western Governors' Association that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The 2021 State Finalists and Overall Winners have been announced.
The deadline has passed for entries in the 2020 Competition.
The Western Governors’ Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 “Celebrate the West” regional art competition that 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 17 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.
“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. In brief, here’s how “Celebrate the West” works:
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 availability and may not be awarded to all students.
“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.
FREE ADMISSION: The American Museum of Western Art in Denver, in connection with the competition, is again offering a discount to students participating in Celebrate the West. Students can enter the coupon code (WGA2020) when buying tickets on the museum's website.
Celebrate the West® is a registered trademark of the Western Governors’ Association.