2015 High School Visual Arts Competition

The 12th Annual High School Visual Arts Competition

**Audience's Choice Award - $50 Amazon Gift Card**

After receiving a total of 311 votes cast for the Audience's favorite art piece,
the winner of the 2015 Audience Choice Award is 
Alannah Buyce for her artwork titled "Gabrielle" Entry #P20. 
Congratulations Alannah!

This annual event showcases and acknowledges 2D, 3D, and Photography, and Digital Designs, work by high school students who live in or attend school in Orinda, Lafayette or Moraga or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School. The competition features cash awards, merit citations and a month long public exhibit of entries at the Orinda Library Art Gallery.

Download the 2015 VAC Artists & Awards Reception Program.

Competition Details


The Orinda Arts Council High School Visual Arts Competition accepts entries for:

  • 2D: painting, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, collage
  • 3D: ceramics, sculpture, jewelry, construction
  • Photography: traditional film and digital
  • Digital Designs, artwork produced solely on a computer platform and may contain photo images.
Eligibility and Rules

All high school students living in or attending school in Moraga, Orinda, or Lafayette and/or Acalanes Union High School District, including Las Lomas High School, are invited to participate. Students may submit only one art piece per category, but may enter more than one category.

Artwork must be created while the student attends high school (9-12 grade). During the registration process, students will be asked to list their teacher’s name for artwork that was created in class during school. We want to acknowledge the contribution of Art Teachers on behalf of our students and community. Artwork that was created outside of school may submitted as long as the work was done while attending high school.

Judges/Judging Criteria

Professionals with experience in (practicing, teaching, or representing) the categories judge the competition. The criteria used for judging is:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Content
  • Degree of expertise in the chosen medium

Remember, presentation is important, and your 2D art and/or Photography will show better if nicely framed.


Artists & Awards Reception

An Artists and Awards reception will be held on Thu, March 5th, 4 - 6pm at the Orinda Library.

Co-Sponsored by Educational Foundation of Orinda (EFO), Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE), and Moraga Educational Foundation (MEF). 


Cash prizes for 1st - 3rd place per category, plus honorable mention, totaling up to $3,000 will be awarded. Plus a special "Best in Show" and Audience Choice Award.

1st Place - $300
2nd Place - $200
3rd Place - $100
Honorable Mentions - $25
Best in Show - $300
Audience's Choice Award - $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Gallery Details

Entries accepted for the 2015 High School Student Visual Arts Competition will be on display for public viewing Feb 28 - March 27, at the Orinda Library Art Gallery, 24 Orinda Way. Gallery hours are Mon to Thu, 10am-8pm; Fri and Sat, 10am-6pm; and Sun 1-5pm.

Important: Artwork Preparation

Remember that your art will be displayed at a professional art exhibit; therefore presentation and preparation is important.

2D art and Photography framing must meet the requirements for the Orinda Library Gallery’s two different hanger systems. Both systems require wall art to have a wire spanning the entire width of the back side of the frame. This includes both framed and unframed artwork. On framed artwork, wires fastened to flat eye-hooks need to be taut and optimally about 4-5” from the top of the painting (this is so the top of the painting doesn’t swing out from the wall.) Please do not use saw-toothed hangers, which will not work with the gallery hanging system. Unframed foamcore and cardboard mounted artwork also require wires that span the back. The wires should be secured with industrial strength glue and strong duct tape to keep them in place.

Please have all hanging artwork with wire installed and ready for hanging before turning in artwork for the competition. Any artwork not properly framed and wired for installation will not be accepted.

Artwork Release of Liability

The Orinda Arts Council is proud of our stewardship of the students' artwork and quite strict in documenting the receipt and return of the numerous pieces of artwork processed by our all-volunteer staff. Video surveillance, funded in part by the OAC, is installed at the Orinda Library Art Gallery to insure the security of your artwork. However, the OAC and City of Orinda do require that you agree to a release of liability during the online registration process.


Thank you to the educational foundations who sponsor the Visual Arts Competition: