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Program Description and Eligibility

Program Description and Eligibility

The Artists Council is proud to present the Young Artists Exhibition. This is an annual show of student artwork and community art programming. The Young Artists Exhibition is an opportunity for emerging artists to be a part of the juried process, have their artwork professionally displayed in a gallery setting, and participate in creative art experiences.

  • High school students attending any public or private high school in the Coachella Valley are eligible.

  • Each participating high school may submit no more than 25 individual or collaborative works for consideration.

  • Artworks will be submitted online February 2-9, 2024 (please see details below). All works MUST be submitted by teachers on designated dates. Sorry, NO EXCEPTIONS!


Criteria for Submission

  • All work submitted must address the exhibition theme: DREAMS/SUEÑOS

  • All works must include an Artist Statement of no more than 3 sentences.

  • Two-dimensional work in any media is acceptable.

  • Works on paper will be matted and framed so they MUST be one of these sizes:

    •  9” x 12”

    • 12” x 18”

    • 18” x 24”

  • Works on canvas may be no larger than 36” x 36” and must be framed with simple

strip frames or painted canvas edges.

  • Three-dimensional work in any media is acceptable, but it may be no larger than        36”h x 18”w x 18”d, and may not weigh more than 50 pounds.

  • Digital / video submissions must be in a .mp4 format and no longer than 3 minutes.



  • No works with organic or loose materials, i.e. flowers or sand, will be accepted.

  • All artworks must be original.

  • All artworks MUST be available to be on display at the Artists Council for the full duration of the exhibition, (April 24 through May 12, 2024).

  • Works selected to be a part of the Young Artists Exhibition must be suitable for all audiences. As such, works may NOT include nudity, a celebration of drug culture, vulgar language, or depictions of gratuitous violence.


Criteria for Final Selection

Works of art selected for the exhibition will be chosen by a panel of qualified jurors. Criteria for judging includes:

  • Interpretation and Presentation of the Theme

  • Originality

  • Quality Craftsmanship

  • Creative Use of Materials

  • Meaningful Communication of Ideas

  • Thoughtful Use of Color


Students selected to be a part of the exhibition will be announced via email on February 28,


Opening Reception and Recognition

All exhibiting students, as well as their families, teachers, and administrators, will be invited to the Young Artists Exhibition opening reception at the Artists Center at the Galen on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

All participating artists will receive a Certificate of Recognition. In addition, special
recognition will be given to outstanding works based on the judging criteria.


In appreciation of the essential role of art teachers in encouraging their students and
supporting the exhibition, the Artists Council will offer a year’s membership to each
participating teacher.

The Young Artists Exhibition will be exhibited at Artists Center at the Galen from Wednesday, April 24 through Sunday, May 12, 2024.


February 2-9, 2024
Online submission of works
The link will be emailed two weeks before the submission opens.
Please note: Online submissions closes at 4:00 p.m. on February 9, 2024.


Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Email announcement of selected artists

Wednesday, March 20, 2024
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Selected artwork drop-off at Artists Center at the Galen

Thursday, March 21, 2024
3:30-5:00 p.m.
Selected artwork drop-off at Artists Center at the Galen
Please note: All works of art MUST be dropped off by art instructors. Students may not bring
their individual work.


Saturday, April 27, 2024
5:00-7:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Awards Presentation
Artists Center at the Galen

Sunday, May 12, 2024
Young Artists Exhibition closes.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024
4:00-5:00 p.m.

Wrap-up meeting and artwork pick-up
Artists Center at the Galen
Please note: All works of art MUST be picked-up by art instructors. Students may not pick-up
their individual work.

Artists Center at the Galen
72567 Highway 111 • Palm Desert, CA 92260 • 760.565.6130 •

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