Art-for-ALL Kids’ Juried Art Exhibition

June 14-23, 2024


The purpose of the exhibition is to provide a forum for student artists to display their work and to recognize excellence.  The exhibition will be held in the ticketing lobby of The Clay Center, June 14-23, and will be free and open to the public.  A slide show of accepted works will be displayed on the FestivALL Neighborhood Arts Initiative Facebook page.


  • May 31: Deadline to submit work & required information by application form.
  • June 3-4: Jurying of work.
  • June 5: Notifications of whether work is accepted or not.
  • By June 5-7 & 10-12: Drop off of work for exhibition to central collection point.
  • June 14-23: Exhibit open during hours when the Clay Center lobby is open.  (These are the days of FestivALL Charleston, see the website, festivallcharleston.com, for a schedule of events.)
  • June 23: Reception and Awards ceremony – artwork can be taken home this day, see below for more details.
  • June 22-23: The Capitol Street Art Fair & Children’s Art Fair are held on June 22 between 10am & 6pm & on June 23 between 11am &These are free events with make-&-take activities for children, a children’s art sale by Charleston neighborhood programs, performance stages, & street performers.
  • June 24: Show is taken down & pick-up of artwork and awards/certificates from Clay Center.


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 work 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 August 1, 2023 (from the most recent grade level).  

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 or large, as long as they are clear, on good paper, and mounted on firm backing.


  • Submit work by May 31, 2024, in the application form at the following URL: https://goo.gl/forms/jJK1F2vZE7pPXatk1.
  • Use a jpeg file no larger than 10 MB (generally any picture taken with a phone will work) in your submission email to show the work of art.  Photographs should be cropped, brightened, easily visible, etc. Keep in mind that the picture you send 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.
  • In the application form, you will be asked:
    1. to email an image file of the artwork
    2. the title of the piece
    3. if this was a group or individual project
    4. medium of art
    5. the full name of the child (and any other names in group work)
    6. grade of the child in which they created the artwork
    7. the county the student is submitting from
    8. name of school/program that the child attends or indicate if home-schooled
    9. the name of the parent/guardian or teacher submitting the work
    10. email address
    11. telephone number
    12. postal address (this is the address that any artwork and/or awards would be sent to in the event that the student is absent from the awards ceremony or the ceremony is held virtually)

 (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].)

  • Please double check spelling of names!
  • 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.
  • 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 is for your records only.


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 June 5, 2024, 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 the FestivALL office at 108 ½ Capitol St., Suite 201 in downtown Charleston.  The final deliveries are due by June 12, 2024.  FestivALL Charleston will arrange to bring the work to the Clay Center.

*These are tight time frames, so please submit work ahead of May 31, 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)
  • Paper Ballot People’s Choice Award (Michael’s Gift Card)

All artists, their family and friends, and the public are invited to attend this celebration at The Clay Center Susan Runyan Maier Sculpture Garden (subject to change) on Sunday, June 23 at Time TBA. ALL children whose work is exhibited at the Clay Center will be recognized with a certificate. In addition, ribbons will be given for excellence and merit at each grade level for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and two People’s Choice awards will be given at the end of the ceremony based on votes by people who vote on Facebook and by votes placed by paper ballots at the exhibition. A small number of gift cards will be given along with the top awards, generously provided by the Owens Family Foundation. Artwork can be taken home after the conclusion of the ceremony, but will need to be CHECKED OUT at the check-in table.


On June 24th, all artwork will be taken down and artwork pick ups will be at The Clay Center. Any leftover work will be taken to the FestivALL office, where it will be held until a scheduled drive-by pick up timeframe is determined outside of the FestivALL office. Participation certificates and awards will be distributed at this time as well. 

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


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.


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.