Student Exhibition Opportunities

2019 Student Art Exhibits

The 56th Annual Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards exhibit opens February 16, 2019 and the 2019 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi exhibit opens in May 2019 at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum in downtown Honolulu. View Hawaiʻi through the eyes of young artists!

Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards 2019

A consistent favorite for many museum visitors, the Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Student Art Awards Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum displays artwork by students from across the state of Hawaiʻi. This art competition is open to all students (public, charter, home, and private) grades 7-12 who enter their work in the official categories of Architecture & Industrial Design, Ceramics & Glass, Comic Art, Design, Digital Art, Drawing & Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Fashion, Film & Animation, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Video Games, and Art Portfolio. Submissions are juried by panels of leaders in the visual arts for this regional level exhibit, and works receiving a Gold Key award move on to the national level Scholastic Art & Writing Awards judging.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s largest, longest-running, most prestigious visual and literary arts program recognizing accomplishments of students in grades 7-12.

Exhibit Dates

February 16 – April 18, 2019

Exhibit Location

Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, second floor of the No.1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel St., Honolulu HI 96813

How to Enter

For more information for teachers and students on how to enter: Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Submissions open September 12, 2018.
Artwork submission is free of charge.

Young Artists of Hawaiʻi 2019

Young Artists of Hawai‘i is an annual student art competition and exhibition that recognizes creative excellence among Hawaii’s public and private school students in grades Kindergarten through sixth grade. This exhibit is presented by the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, and the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority. The program is funded through the Works of Art Special Fund and provides opportunities for students to participate in a juried art competition. A panel of distinguished judges select 96 works for exhibition from school submissions.


  • Any student in kindergarten to sixth grade, enrolled in a public, charter, or private school in Hawaii.
  • Art schools are not eligible.
  • One entry per student. Work created by two more more students will not be accepted.
  • Only current work for the year will be accepted. Please do not submit work that was entered in a previous year.


“My Culture, My Family, and Me”
Teachers may use the following questions to guide students in creating their artwork:

  • What does your culture mean to you?
  • What does your family mean to you?
  • How does your culture influence you and your family?
  • Why is your culture important to you and your family?
  • What do you and your family do that represents your culture?


  • 18″ x 24″ size white or colored paper.
  • No frames. Students should work to the edge of the paper.
  • Artwork must have a horizontal orientation.
  • Do not mat or frame the artwork.
  • Accepted mediums are watercolor or acrylic paints, oil pastels, colored inks, or colored chalk with a fixative agent. Paper collages and mixed media are accepted as long as it is two-dimensional and will lay flat.

Intake Day

January 25, 2019 at the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (250 South Hotel St., Second Floor, downtown Honolulu).

Exhibit Dates

May 3 – June 28, 2019 at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum.
Hawaiʻi State Art Museum, second floor of the No.1 Capitol District Building, 250 South Hotel St., Honolulu HI 96813
April 2019 – March 2020 replica exhibit at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center’s Pa Kamaliʻi Courtyard


For questions about the schedule, notification of awards, pickup of artwork, etc., please contact:
Juvana Soliven, Project Manager
(808) 586-586-9955
[email protected]

Additional Information

The State Foundation on Culture and the Arts (SFCA) will be handling all aspects of the 2019 Young Artists of Hawaii exhibit. Additional information, including entry forms, will be posted on the SFCA website as it becomes available, as well as in the SFCA’s email newsletter (click here to subscribe), Facebook page (@hawaiisfca), and Twitter (@hawaii_sfca).