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.
- 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)
All two-dimensional entries must be suitably matted and/or framed. Works on canvas must be framed, cradled or gallery wrapped.
All framed entries must have cable or wire with wire-style hanging hardware firmly attached to the back. All matted entries must have hook-side Velcro tabs attached to the back four corners. Please do not use sawtooth picture hangers, easel-backs or keyhole hanging systems.
All works not under glass must be completely dry. Pastel and charcoal drawings must be thoroughly fixed. Entries not meeting all of these criteria may not be displayed.
- Ceramics (fired pottery)
- Crafts (felting, book arts, macramé, weaving, appliqué, basketry, batik, etc.)
- Sculpture (clay, wood, stone, etc.)
All three-dimensional entries must stand on their own or arrive with suitable installation hardware (in the case of a wall hanging). The exhibition venue will not provide installation hardware for the display of the entry.
Sculpture entries should have adequate bases if necessary. Entries not meeting all of these criteria may not be displayed.
- Single original black-and-white or color photograph (minimum of 8x10)
We require all images to be photographed on a prosumer or professional level SLR, DSLR, or a mirrorless camera system. A minimum size of 11x14 is recommended.
A “photo essay” (a series of pictures to tell a story) is not allowed. Minimum size must be 8x10. If it is not immediately obvious, please indicate “top” and “bottom” on the back of the photo.
The photo should be printed on photo-grade paper, not regular copy paper. The surface may be glossy, matte, satin or luster finish. No commercial clip art may be used in the photograph.
The piece should be mounted and may be matted but should not be framed. All photography entries must have hook-side Velcro tabs attached to the back four corners. Entries not meeting all of these criteria may not be displayed.
- Students may enter a maximum of 3 Festival contests. Entry in up to 3 art categories will count as only 1 Festival contest.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.