Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition


About Art-for-ALL:

The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a forum for student artists to display their work and to recognize excellence.  A slide show of accepted works will be displayed on the websites or Facebook pages of FestivALL Charleston.  


Schedule & Deadlines:

·       May 28: Deadline to submit work and required information by application form.

·       TBA: Jurying of work.

·       TBA: Notifications of whether work is accepted or not.

·      TBA: Drop off of work for exhibition to central collection point.

·       Exhibit Dates TBA: Exhibit open.

·       TBA: Reception and awards ceremony.

·       TBA: Show is taken down and leftover artwork is taken back to FestivALL office.

·       TBA: The Capitol Street Art Fair and Children’s Art Fair are held on June 26 between 10 am and 6 pm and on June 27 between 11 am and 5 pm.  These are free events that include make-and-take activities for children, a children’s art sale by Charleston neighborhood programs, performance stages, and street performers.

·       TBA: Pick-up of left over work from collection point.




Jurying for Art-for-ALL is open to all children in grades pre-K through 6th grade in Boone, Braxton, Cabell, Clay, Fayette, Greenbrier, Jackson, Kanawha, Lincoln, Nicholas, Putnam, Raleigh and Roane counties.  Each child may submit one entry.  Children may also go together to submit a single piece, this means that a child can only submit either one individually made piece OR one group piece.  Work needs to have been completed after January 1, 2020.  


Entries must be original works in the following categories:

2-D, including painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, printing, and graphic arts

3-D, including sculpture, pottery, woodcrafts, glass, jewelry, textiles, mixed media, and constructions with recycled materials

Video, with a maximum of five minutes per video submitted


Accepted 2-D works need to be on a firm backing, e.g. cardboard or poster board, using double-sided tape or other fasteners, not glue.  Frames and mats are optional.  3-D works need to be sturdy and stable and/or secured to a base.  Photography must be translated into a clear print that does justice to the image.  Size is not a consideration – these prints may be small as long as they are clear, on good paper, and mounted on firm backing.



Entry Procedure:

1)     Submit work by May 28, 2021.


2)     Use a jpeg file no larger than 10 MB (generally any automatic photo size will work) in your upload to show the work of art.  Photographs taken with a phone are acceptable and should be cropped, bright, easily visible, etc.  This will be used for the jury to be able to look at all the work for awards as well as to post on Facebook for the Facebook People’s Choice Award.


3)     In the application form, you will be asked to include an image file of the artwork, the full name of the child, grade of the child in which they created the artwork, name of school/program that the child attends or indicate if home-schooled, the name of the parent/guardian or teacher submitting the work, email address, telephone number, and postal address. (If, for some reason, the Google Form does not work for you, then please send ALL of this above information in an email to [email protected] with the child’s name and the school/program name as the subject header.)


4)     Please double check spelling of names!


5)     Note that by submitting the work, the child and parent(s) agree to its inclusion in the slide show and the exhibition and to its use in promotional materials.  The name and school of the child will be included unless other arrangements are made with the school/program and/or producer of the art fairs.


6)     Work that is accepted for the exhibition will require a printed copy of a permission slip signed by the child and the parent(s) and kept on file by the school or program, unless the parent submits the piece directly.   There is no standard form for this permission slip.  This if for your records.


Selection of Work:

A jury consisting of the exhibition producer and one artist from each county, where feasible, will meet the first week of June to select work for the exhibition.  By (DATE TBA), all applicants will be sent an email notifying them if their work is selected.  Directions will be given for delivering pieces of work that are accepted for exhibition to a central collection point at our new FestivALL office at 108 ½ Capitol St., Suite 201 in downtown Charleston.  The final deliveries are due by (DATE TBA), 2021.  FestivALL Charleston will arrange to bring the work to the exhibit location.

*These are tight time frames, so please submit work ahead of May 28, whenever possible.*


1st Place PreK-2nd Grade – Michael’s Gift Card

2nd Place PreK-2nd Grade

3rd Place PreK-2nd grade

1st Place 3rd-6th Grade – Michael’s Gift Card

2nd Place 3rd-6th Grade

3rd Place 3rd-6th Grade

Facebook People’s Choice Award – Michael’s Gift Card


Reception & Awards:



Return of Work:

Any left over work will be returned to the central collection point at the FestivALL office, where arrangements may be made to pick it up after (DATE TBA).  We allow the students and teachers to take home their artwork on the night of the awards ceremony, after the program has ended, however, you will be asked to check IN when you arrive and check OUT by placing the name tag hung with the artwork in a box at the check in table as you leave to notify us that you are taking the artwork.


If any artwork if not picked up by September 1, all left artwork will be used as needed for the FestivALL Neighborhood Arts Initiative.


Special provisions for targeted after school programs:

As part of the FestivALL Neighborhood Arts Program and the Children’s Art Fair and Children’s Art Sale, FestivALL provides for art teachers to work with selected children in targeted after school programs in Charleston.  Art-for-ALL has invited especially gifted artists who are mentored through this program to exhibit their art, limited to one piece per child.  This work will be accepted into the exhibit outside of the jurying process.  However, the jury will consider it equally with the other submissions for any awards.


Work produced through class assignments:

In past years, Art-for-ALL has juried in similar work by a number of children who were following class assignments that resulted in minimal differences between the pieces.  We ask that, in these situations, the teacher select just one piece from that particular type of assignment to submit.  


We still encourage all children to submit a piece, if they are interested.  However, we ask that these pieces represent a variety of assignments and/or the original work of the child outside of a particular assignment.  


The jurors are more interested in seeing the free expressions of each child’s voice and creativity than the application of particular artistic techniques.  Many of the works that have been awarded top honors have been done in this spirit, both in the classroom and outside of the school setting.



COVID-19 Protocol:

In the event that COVID-19’s presence remains during the time of this event, this and all in-person FestivALL Neighborhood Arts Initiative events will be held virtually via the FestivALL Charleston Youtube Channel and on social media platforms.



-Information on FestivALL Charleston is available at www.festivallcharleston.com.

For questions about Art-for-ALL or other FestivALL events, contact Mallory Burka, coordinator of Art-for-ALL, at [email protected]