NVTHS Art Show and Competition
Art Show and Competition

Click here for an entry form. Nashoba Valley Technical High SchoolArt Show and Competition Rules and Regulations

Entrants to the Nashoba Valley Technical High School Art Show and Competition must be public school students from the Ayer-Shirley, Chelmsford, Groton-Dunstable, Littleton, Nashoba Valley Technical, North Middlesex, or Westford school districts in the sixth through the twelfth grades. The entrant's school of attendance must be properly listed on the entry form for submitted work to be displayed and considered for the award. Home-schooled students who reside in any town in the Nashoba Valley Technical High School District may be entered and considered, if the entry is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from any active Fine Arts teacher from any of the school districts listed above, along with some form of proof of residency.

Entries will be judged in three age-based categories: sixth and seventh-grade entries, eighth and ninth grade entries, and tenth through twelfth-grade entries. In each age-based category, prizes will be awarded for best traditional media and digital media entries, as appropriate. All Awards and Honorable Mentions shall be at the sole discretion of the show's Judging Panel, and not subject to discovery, dispute, or review.

All entries, forms, and fees must be delivered to Nashoba Valley Technical High School by April 13, 2018, for work to be displayed and considered for awards. Physical entries may be dropped off at or mailed to Nashoba Valley Technical High School (NVTHS, ℅ Art Show, 100 Littleton Road, Westford, MA 01886) by the submission date. Digital entries may be submitted on a USB drive to NVTHS, or emailed to by the entry date (except still digital images, see below). Emailed submissions must be under 20MB in size, and will not be formally entered until an entry form and fee have been received. Each piece entered must be accompanied by an Entry Form and a $3.00 Entry Fee, to be mailed or dropped off at Nashoba Valley Technical High School by the entry date. Checks must be made out to Nashoba Valley Technical High School, with Art Show written in the Memo area.

Entries must be submitted in ready-to-display condition, with the artist's name, grade, and school clearly written on the back. Digital media should be in a sealed envelope that is clearly labeled with the same information. The ready-to-display condition is defined by the following guidelines:

> Physical entries on paper or similar media must be mounted on board and matted. Pieces will generally be displayed on easels, however, tape or other non-visible hanging implements may be used to display the piece.

> Images created digitally must be printed out on appropriate paper and conform to the above rules for flat entries.

> Entries on canvas or any other form of fabric must be on a stretcher or frame and wired for hanging.

> Free-standing sculptures must be two feet or under in height, and not need any support from wires or braces. All pieces must be suitable to be placed on a pedestal. No pieces will be displayed on the floor.

> No pieces that require being hung from the ceiling will be accepted. Any mobiles or hanging artwork must come with their own stand, frame, or support and be suitable for display on a pedestal.

> Bas-relief or other wall mounted sculptures or three-dimensional media must be submitted with proper support or bracing, and not require additional structural assistance.

> Video, animation and other entries that require a screen to be viewed may require that the proper viewing equipment is provided by the entrant for display in the show. The entrant may be required to set up the display personally in order to be included. Entrants will be contacted if this is necessary. To the extent possible, the entrant will not be required to provide devices or assistance for the judging of the artwork.

Submitted artwork will be handled with all due care, however, Nashoba Valley Technical High School, and its students, employees, and volunteers, may not be held responsible for any damage to any submitted artwork. All submissions and any materials submitted for their display may be reclaimed starting Wednesday, May 23 at Nashoba Valley Technical High School, unless the artwork is to be displayed at Gallery Z for their installation. Entrants may opt out of having their work sent to Gallery Z for display by checking the appropriate box on their Entry Form.

Any artwork that is selected to be displayed at Gallery Z must be framed and wired for hanging, and otherwise conform to the guidelines outlined above. Gallery Z reserves the right to refuse any artwork that does not meet its requirements for installation. A public, age 21+ opening event for the installation will be held on Friday, May 25 from 7-9 PM at Gallery Z. A private, all ages, opening event will be held on Saturday, May 26 from 6:30-8:30 PM. All artists with pieces in the installation will be invited to attend. Artwork can be reclaimed at Nashoba Valley Technical High School when the installation comes down.

Any questions or concerns about these rules or any other matter pertaining to the Art Show and Competition should be referred to Nathan Meharg at Nashoba Valley Technical Art Show & Competition