Regional High School Competition, ESD 189

Northwest Educational Services District 189 Public High School Art Teachers and Administrators!


You have an opportunity to enter your 9 – 12 art student work in the 2016 ESD 189 High School Art Show.  Some of the ESD 189 winners will be selected to be part of THE 2016 OSPI State High School Art Show in Olympia and could possibly win even more recognition!  There is a lot of information below, so please pay close attention—and bear with me.  J


If you have questions, please email me, Cathy Tanasse,


I will also have information on the Facebook page: ESD 189 Art Teachers and on the Washington Art Education Association ( website.


Information for the OSPI Annual High School Art Show for NWESD 189 Public High Schools:

*This show is open to all current students in grades 9 through 12 in ESD 189 public schools.

*Please deliver your entries between Monday, February 22 and Thursday, February 25, by 4:00p.m. No late work will be accepted, judging is the very next day!

  1. Deliver to the Everett School District Community Resource Center at 3900 Broadway, Everett, WA  98201 by February 25, 4 p.m.
  2. Leave your work with the reception desk attendant.


*High schools with enrollments of 1,000 students or more are limited to EIGHT entries plus three entries from Special Education students.

*High schools with enrollments of fewer than 1,000 students are limited to SIX entries, plus two entries from Special Education students.

**Special Education students’ entries will be by age 14 to 21 years – not by grade.


*The juried show of student work will be available for public viewing during Everett School District hours Monday, February 29 through Friday, March 11th.

*There will also be an after-hours viewing, student artist recognition and awards reception from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11th. Please attend, as work and certificates may be taken “home” after 6:30 p.m. Regional winners will retained for additional display and judging.


Central Washington University (CWU) will again be able to offer $5000 in scholarships (tuition waivers) at the ESD 189 High School Art Show. There will be three students awarded $1000 scholarships and one student awarded a $2000 scholarship.

Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle will offer $1,000 and $5,000 scholarships

*OSPI Art show judging guidelines, entry restrictions, and the official entry form are available at the OSPI web site:                                                           


*There is no entry fee thanks to qualified volunteers, the Everett School District, and the Washington Art Education Association.


Friday, May 20, 2016 Art show reception and awards ceremony in Olympia for those ESD award winners who made the second cut!


AWARDS: The ESDs and OSPI offer 15 purchase/honorarium awards ($200 maximum) at the state level. Only students who agree to sell their artwork may advance to the State show as a Regional Winner. Winning artwork will be made a permanent part of these agencies’ collections and will not be returned to the student. If a student changes their decision to sell their artwork, an alternate artwork must be sent in its place.


*Please share this information with your school district colleagues, other ESD 189 public high school art teachers and encourage your students to participate in this program to support and recognize artistic talent and skills in our youth. You may want to car pool for artwork delivery, the reception, and artwork pick up, as this is your responsibility.


  • By signing the Student Registration form, students indicate their understanding of the rules. Parent or Guardian signature is also required for nearly all students


STUDENT REGISTRATION FORM – USE ONLY THE 2016 FORM available on the internet at the OSPI site. Fill it out on line, and print it. (Sometimes it is difficult to read handwritten forms)


The entry form MUST accompany each piece submitted for the Superintendent’s High School Art Show and MUST be filled out completely and legibly.  One copy should be securely attached to the back of each piece (as best as possible).  Please include copies of each form in a separate folder or clipped together.


Curator’s Request: Please apply a protective fixative on charcoals, chalks, and dark pencil works. Please matt or frame work so it is ready to hang.



Encourage students to include their inspiration for their art on the Student Registration Form.

It will be included on the Identification Tags for the Superintendent’s High School Art Show.


The purpose of this is to promote reflective and critical thinking regarding visual art and to enhance visual awareness skills and processes.  The student artist’s statements will be placed in a notebook and made available for all visitors.  The statements will not be part of the judging process. This component is voluntary. A sample is at the OSPI web site.


Standard Format

Single Page

Size:                                   8 1/2 x 11 – white Paper

Number of words:       300-350

Margins:                           left 1.5 inches, right 1 inch

Size of Font:                   12

Preferred Fonts:          Arial, Helvetica, Times



Artist Name

Title of Piece



Art Instructor’s Name


Answer the following questions in a narrative style:


  1. Describe the major idea, concept, or artistic problem that lies at the heart of your artwork.


  1. Describe the most important thing you learned from this project.


  1. If you were to do the piece again, what would you change or do differently?



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me by e-mail,


Thanks!  Yay art!!


Cathy Tanasse, NBCT Art,

WAEA Board,  NWESD 189 High School Art Show Coordinator