Student Art Show

The Ward Museum invites students from Delmarva to submit their artwork to the annual Student Art Show.  The Student Art Show is a non-competitive display of students’ works from around the entire Delmarva peninsula.  It is open to all students grades K–12 in public and private schools, as well as home-schooled students.  The submitted works will go on exhibit in the museum for public display.

The theme for 2019 is “How We Live With nature,” collecting student works of all media exploring the connections between people and the natural world. Drawing, painting, poetry, fiction, non-fiction, sculpture, photography, video, and more are all welcome.

We will be using a larger gallery for this year’s art show! This gives us more room for sculptures and more 3D artwork, so we are encouraging students who enter to explore different mediums. Examples of different types of works are:

  • Natural Murals – Use natural materials such as sand, grass, leaves, etc incorporated into traditional artwork such as drawing or painting. Look at Anselm Keifer as an artist example for this type of artwork.
  • Videos – We can take interviews or tours of natural places that are three minutes or less and have them on loop in the galleries. Interviews are a great way to explore cultural ecology, and students can seek out someone in their lives – a family member, neighbor, family friend – who may use land in an interesting way. This can be a hunter, a farmer, or just someone who enjoys hiking. Natural place tours can just be a student showing somewhere in nature that is important to them – family camp sites, a favorite swimming hole, or a favorite park are some ideas.
  • Flash Fiction or Poetry – Written words are just as much of an art form as traditional artwork. This would be a great project for a large class, where students can each write a flash fiction story or a poem, illustrate it if they choose, and then put them as a class in a binder for a cumulative book that can be displayed and looked through by museum patrons.
  • Sculpture – Sculptures are any three-dimensional artwork out of any category. Old style homes built out of the materials they were traditionally made of (clay homes, log cabins) would be a great idea as well as dioramas showing people interacting with nature, such as hunting, fishing, swimming, or hiking.

To make a submission contact us at the Ward Museum Education Department:

Call: 410-742-4988 EXT. 110

Submission Requirements:

  • Students may use a variety of flat or 3D media including, but not limited to, paints, sketching pencils, colored pencils or Prismacolors, pastels, crayons, photography and sculpture
  • All flat art must be matted with a minimum one inch black or white border. Hooks for hanging are not required.
  • Please attach a label with the student’s name, age/grade and school name on the back of each student’s submission.
  • All artwork must be no larger than 18” x 24” (including matting)
  • 3D standing art must have a footprint of 14” x 14” or less.

Dates to Remember:

  • Exhibit opening: Friday, February 22, 2019
  • Submissions Due: Friday, February 15, 2019
  • Reception: Friday, February 22, 2019 (5—7 p.m.)
  • Exhibit final day: TBA
  • Artwork Pick-up: TBA