Student Art Show

“No More Waste”


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 the 2022 Student Art Show year is “No More Waste: Reusing, Reducing, Recycling” and we are looking forward to the ways each student embodies the theme in their artwork. This year’s theme is truly unique – the concept behind recycled artwork was developed and chosen by students participating in last year’s Youth Environmental Action Summit.

Submissions for the Student Art Show are due by Wednesday, February 9th. All submissions made will be put on display as part of the Student Art Show exhibit in the museum’s Welcome Gallery. The exhibit will open on Friday, February 18th with a reception at the museum from 5:00-7:00pm. As always, all submissions are welcome, and all will be displayed in the Ward Museum for everyone to see.

Students are encouraged to use a variety of flat or 3D media, including, but not limited to: paints, sketching pencils, colored pencils or Prismacolors, pastels, crayons, fabrics, photography, and sculpture.

Each submission must have an entry form so they can be returned in a timely fashion at the conclusion of the show. For larger groups, please contact the Ward Museum’s Education Department for the required number of forms. Once the Student Art Show is concluded, art submissions must be picked up between June 15th and August 31st to ensure they are stored properly and returned safely to their individual artists. Please contact Ward Museum staff prior to pickup so we can have your pieces ready for you. The Ward Museum is not responsible for any art submissions past this date.




The Heron Project

Heron 2

This year, we are featuring a new component of the Student Art Show called the Heron Project! This is an interactive sculpture that will be constructed out of used plastics by students and families who visit the museum. The Heron Project is a great opportunity for students who are unable to create their own art pieces but would still like to participate in the Student Art Show. Help bring this sculpture to life!


As the Student Art Show enters its 16th year, we hope this year will be the best one yet! We cannot wait to see the works of art the students create this year. For any questions about the Student Art Show exhibit or the submission requirements, please contact the Ward Museum’s Education Department at 410-742-4988 ext. 124.

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 print and attach an Entry Form 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: February 18
  • Submissions Due: February 9
  • Exhibit Final Day: June 5
  • Artwork Pick-Up: June 12