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ESSEX COUNTY TEEN ARTS FESTIVAL

I am proud of the skill and creativity that our students exhibit in the arts, whether it’s on stage, in the studio or in the gallery. Our Essex County Teen Arts Festival is an opportunity to showcase the talent found in our 22 municipalities and share it with the public. We look forward to our teenage artists participating in this exciting event.
 

Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive
and the Board of County Commissioners

Join us for a virtual Teen Arts Festival devoted to Visual Arts!

The Essex County Division of Cultural and Historical Affairs is pleased to host an exciting opportunity for teens. Essex County high school students are invited to submit works of visual art for our online show. Professional artists will act as judges of the work, giving the students constructive criticism so that they can grow and develop as artists. We will also have works viewable in our online gallery.

You can enter in two ways: As an individual student or through your teacher and school.

Submissions are due by April 14, 2022.
Submit your work in our online portal!
Judging will take place between April 15th and May 6th.
The online gallery will be available May 9th.

Essex County
Teen Arts Festival
Guidelines
Festival Registration
Fees

Submission Guidelines

INDIVIDUAL STUDENT

  • Each student/individual is allowed 1 entry.
  • Photos must be jpegs or png, 300 dpi is recommended, but not required.
  • Essex County Teen Arts will allow one photo per 2D work and two photos per 3D work.
  • Google forms or sheets will NOT be accepted.
  • Individual submission files should be named as follows: “Independent_Visual Art_Student Name” (For example: Individual Sculpture_Sally Smith.jpg).
  • Students participating independently (even if they are over the age of 18) must contact the Event Manager, Maressa McFarlane, via email at mmcfarlane@parks.essexcountynj.org or 973-735-6231 prior to submission.
  • Forms must be submitted by a parent or guardian.
  • Works will be adjudicated per piece of artwork. Essex County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs staff will deliver review sheets to a parent or guardian of individual student.
  • Because the pieces will be accessible to the public in the online gallery, individual release forms must be completed for EACH student.

TEACHER ENTRIES

  • Each school is allowed twenty (20) 2D works and five (5) 3D works. No substitutions will be allowed (For example, a school may not submit two 3D works and twenty-three 2D works).
  • Each student is allowed only one entry.
  • If your students have produced a collaborative piece, you must contact the Event Manager, Maressa McFarlane, via email at mmcfarlane@parks.essexcountynj.org or 973-735-6231 prior to submission.
  • Photos must be jpegs or png, 300 dpi is recommended, but not required.
  • Essex County Teen Arts will allow one photo per 2D work and two photos per 3D work.
  • Google forms or sheets will NOT be accepted.
  • School submission files should be named as follows: School Name_Visual Art_Student Name (For example: Main High School_Sculpture_Taylor Smith.jpg).
  • Forms must be submitted by teachers or school coordinators.
  • Works will be adjudicated per piece of artwork. Essex County Department of Cultural and Historic Affairs staff will deliver review sheets to school coordinators.
  • Because the pieces will be accessible to the public in the online gallery, individual release forms must be completed for EACH student.

Festival Registration for Visual Arts

Registration is now open!

Click the button to register and submit your artwork.

2022 DEADLINES AND IMPORTANT DATES
Registration Opens: April 1
Registration Ends: April 14
Online Gallery Available: May 9
Evaluation Forms Available: May 10

2022 REGISTRATION FEES

TOTAL NUMBER OF STUDENTS FEE
INDEPENDENT ENTRY (1) 2022 Fees Are Waived
GROUP UP TO 20 2022 Fees Are Waived

Any questions, please email Maressa McFarlane, Event Manager, at mmcfarlane@parks.essexcountynj.org