Allied Arts Council

high school Students Show

High School Students Art Competition


Thank you to our sponsors! for the High School Students Show!

Each year The Allied Arts Council holds the High School Students Art Competition.  High School Students in Parkland County compete for a prestigious award that entitles the first place winners from each grade to an all expense paid week at Summerscapes at Red Deer College from August.

The total value of the Scholarship for this program is approximately $500 which includes tuition, supplies, accommodation, food and a t-shirt, all paid by the Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove.

Deadline for Entries April 28, 2018

Download the full Call:  Students Show Package for 2018

 The Allied Arts Council will select four winning pieces from each of Grade 10, 11 & 12.

  • First Place Winner in each Grade 10, 11 & 12:

One Week Scholarship to SummerScapes program at Red Deer College occurring

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – Saturday, August 18, 2018 (Registration Fee includes meals and accommodations), as well as a 1st place ribbon.

  • 2nd Place Winner in each Grade 10, 11 & 12:

Gift card from an art supply store as well as a 2nd place ribbon


  • 3rd Place Winner in each Grade 10, 11 & 12:

Gift card from an art supply store as well as a 3rd place ribbon


  • Honourable Mention in each Grade 10, 11 & 12



**Prizes are non-transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash value or gift certificates. If a winner is unable to accept the prize as it is awarded, it may be offered to the next place winner of the category. There will be no substitutions of prizes.

  1. Eligibility


All students registered in Grade 10, 11 or 12 and attending high school in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, or Parkland County are eligible. Homeschooled students at Grade 10, 11, or 12 levels who are residing in Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, or Parkland County are also eligible.


All work must be labelled on the back with the artwork’s title, medium, support, grade, artist’s name and school attending.


To conform to the spirit of the awards, all work must be original and completed within this academic year. No copies of other artists’ work will be allowed. Proof of originality of artwork may be required.

We are not offering student work for sale this year because we understand that some reference material used in classes may not be free of copyright.


Any tastefully presented work of art will be accepted. The AAC Standards Committee reserves the right to refuse any questionable alternative art.


  1. Dates, Times, and Location


Entry Deadline: Saturday, April 28, 2018, 5:00 p.m.

Delivery of artwork: Saturday, April 28th, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to the Spruce Grove Art Gallery, Melcor Cultural Centre, 35-5th Avenue, Spruce Grove, AB (Same building as the Library).

Teachers may arrange delivery of multiple student works before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5th, 2018.

Reception and awards presented: The reception will be Saturday, May 12th, 2018, 1 pm - 3 pm. Awards will be presented at 1:15 pm.

Public Viewing: Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 – Friday, May 26th, 2018.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pick-up of all artwork: Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  Any artwork not picked up within 30 days will be disposed of or donated at the discretion of the Allied Arts Council.

Location: Spruce Grove Art Gallery, 35 – 5th Avenue, Spruce Grove.

[Located in the Melcor Cultural Centre on the east side of King Street Plaza]


  1. Entry form and fee
  • Artists may submit up to a total of three (3) works of art with a combined total area no larger than 2560 square inches. (Length X Width)
  • Entry form must be completed and signed and the artist’s three submissions may be a combination of 2D and 3D.
  • There is no entry fee.
  1. Judging

All artwork will be viewed and judged by jurors with a high degree of art knowledge selected by the Allied Arts Council, and Judges’ selections are final and binding. Judges will only grant awards to the art that they feel meets their standards.

  1. Guidelines for Artwork:
  • All work must be labeled on the back with the artists name, grade level, school attending, medium used to create the art, and the support the artwork is on. If an entry has multiple pieces they must be numbered (i.e. diptics or triptics)
  • All work must be ready to hang or display in the gallery. Acid free matting and mounting materials will ensure longevity of your artwork.
  • Canvases or framed artwork must have hanging wire installed as shown in the attached diagram, which shows correct and incorrect ways of hanging paintings.
  • No clip frames, claw hooks, wire loops, string, bailer twine, nails or notches cut into frames will be accepted.
  • Frames may be purchased anywhere, as long as the product is properly wired.
  • If mounting artwork on card, Bristol board, or foam core, please allow enough space between the drawing and the edge of the paper for handling. Mounted and unmounted artwork will be secured to walls with pins.


Photography: The artist (photographer) must be directly involved in the creative and technical process. This refers to:

  • All aspects of preparing to photograph a subject, such as choosing digital or film and equipment types (lenses, filters, etc.) lighting, and composition.

Three-dimensional work: All work must be “Gallery Ready”. Clay work must be fired. Wood and clay work must be finished appropriately (i.e. glazed, polished, varnished, etc.). If work consists of multiple pieces then each piece must be numbered.

Digitally Based Art: The artist utilizes a computer and imaging software (i.e. Paint, Photoshop, Alchemy) to create an original piece that may include elements that are traditional in nature (e.g. scanned paintings, photographs, sketches, etc.) or digitally created. The artist must be directly involved in the creative process and must not rely solely on randomly generated elements.

Intaglio, Monoprint, Serigraph etc: Artwork made in a print process is permitted. Must be original and created by the artist. Maximum number of prints in a series is 150. Prints reproduced mechanically, by printing company, colour copying, etc, are not permitted.

  1. Insurance

All artists are responsible for carrying their own insurance on artwork while it is on display at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery. The Allied Arts Council/Spruce Grove Art Gallery is not responsible for damage or theft of art while in the Spruce Grove Art Gallery.

  1. Commission

There will be no sales with this show.

  1. Reception

All participating artists are encouraged to attend the reception and award presentation. Artists should pick-up invitations for their guests well before the show.

All questions can be directed to the Allied Arts Council, or 780-962-0664.