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High School Festival: Art & Design

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Understanding and creating art and design is a valuable talent to explore. Enter your work, see what other student artists are creating and hear from professional artists and designers on the best artistic techniques.


Two-Dimensional Art

  • Lettering/Calligraphy (pen and ink, brush and ink)
  • Drawing (pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, pastel)
  • Painting (oil, acrylic)
  • Painting (gouache, watercolor)
  • Printmaking (linoleum, woodcut, etching, dry point, serigraphy)
  • Mixed Media (combinations of media)

2-D Guidelines

Three-Dimensional Art

  • Ceramics (fired pottery)
  • Crafts (felting, book arts, macramé, weaving, appliqué, basketry, batik, etc.)
  • Sculpture (clay, wood, stone, etc.)
  • Textile/Apparel

3-D Guidelines


  • Single original black-and-white or color photograph (minimum of 8x10)

Photo Guidelines

Printable Guidelines for all categories

  • Students may enter a maximum of 3 Festival contests. Entry in up to 3 art categories will count as only 1 Festival contest.
  • All art entries should be submitted with an artist originality statement at check-in.
  • Students may win first place more than once in successive years with different pieces.
  • Any student who does not fulfill all of the contest requirements will forfeit their right to win but will receive judges’ written critiques.

Best of Show (2-D and 3-D)

  • Trophy
  • Paid program fee for the 1st semester of freshman year at BJU ($800–$1475)
  • $400 Scholarship for BJU EDUcamp

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Students are strongly encouraged to rehearse and perform in one of the following side-by-side experiences hosted by members and directors of BJU performing groups.

Wind Band

  • Open to 9–12th grade students in brass, woodwind, and percussion. Students will rehearse and perform side-by-side with members of the BJU Symphonic Wind Band under the direction of Bruce Cox.


  • Open to 9–12th grade students who play violin, viola, cello or bass. Students will rehearse and perform side-by-side with members of the BJU Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Michael Moore.
  • Violin I must be able to play with confidence and ease in fifth position, Violin II and Viola in third position, Cello and Bass in fourth position.

Concert Chorus

  • Open to SATB singers recommended by their director.
  • Each school or homeschool group may select up to 3 balanced quartets of SATB for a total of 12 singers maximum. These singers will rehearse and perform concert choral literature side-by-side with the University Chorale under the direction of Andrew Huish.

Festival Singers

  • Open to SATB singers participating in any area of the Festival. This chorus will rehearse and perform side-by-side with the University Singers under the direction of Pattye Casarow.