The 2023 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards works in this online gallery were nominated for American Visions awards at the Hawaiʻi regional level. For a larger image, please click on a photo.
The 2023 Hawaiʻi Regional Scholastic Art Awards works in this gallery received National Medals. For a larger image, please click on a photo.
View of the ʻEwa gallery from the entrance.
View from interior of the gallery.
For Hawaiʻi students grades 7-12, ages 13 and up
SFCA is Hawaiʻi regional affiliate for the Scholastic Art Awards competition.
The 2024 exhibit, displaying original Gold Key award-winning artwork from the competition, will be open at Capitol Modern (Hawaiʻi State Art Museum), February 24 – March 23, 2024.
SFCA will cover all entry costs associated with the Scholastic competition for all Hawaiʻi public and public charter school students for the 2023-2024 school year. Private school and home school students will have entry fees of $10 for each individual submission and $30 for each senior portfolio submission.
Create an account at www.ArtAndWriting.org (the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards) after submissions open on September 1, 2023. Students need to create an account to upload their work. Educators need to create an account to register their students. Students have until December 15, 2023 to upload their work for judging.
Learn more about how to enter on the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards website.
*Dates and programming subject to change
Fees are waived for all participating Hawaiʻi public and charter school students. In the student account, students select the fee waiver option in the payment section of their account dashboards.
Private school and home school students will have entry fees of $10 for each individual submission and $30 for each senior portfolio submission.
For Hawaiʻi students, grades K-7
Young Artists of Hawaiʻi is an annual student art competition and exhibition. Presented by the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, and Gravitas Pasifika, this program recognizes creative excellence among Hawaiʻi’s public and private school students, Kindergarten through seventh grade. A panel of judges select 96 works for the exhibition, which is presented at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. Replicas of the artworks are also displayed at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center for one year, in the Pa Kamaliʻi Courtyard on the third floor.
Download the 2023 Young Artists of Hawaii Competition Guide (PDF). This guide includes the entry form, which must be filled out and included with each submission. Two copies of each entry form are needed for each submission. The guide also includes the inventory form. Teachers will need two copies of the inventory form; one to submit with the student entries and one for their own records.
This year’s theme builds on 2022. What are the things that leaders and our community members are doing to make our neighborhoods, our island community, and our planet home better? Leaders and community members – that’s you and me – must work together if change is going to be impactful, meaningful, and generational. What do you see leaders and community members doing in your neighborhood, our island community, and our planet home? What do you want to see?
We invite teachers to begin by creating a language-rich environment around the theme and taking personal action as a class, grade level, or entire school. This is a great opportunity to share and discuss current events. Invite a local organization that is doing good to share about their work. Have them show pictures of what they do and let them story tell. Create a Good Leaders Taking Action Word Wall and write down key words from their storytelling. Many middle and high schools have clubs or students who are active in the community and are doing great things. Send a message to middle and high school counselors to invite these clubs and students to come into your classroom to share the amazing things they’re doing.
The next step is to bring the theme into your personal life. As a class, grade level, or school, decide on a short-term project that will enhance the life of your school. Keep track of the project visually with sketches. Students need not do individual sketches. Rather, students can contribute to a group sketch, each adding a portion of the big picture. Considering doing this group sketch in three parts: beginning, middle, and end. Have groups share out loud as each sketch is being created. Point out when you see students taking on leadership roles (e.g. when a students offers a suggestion, when a student gets the group going). Continue to add to the Good Leaders Taking Action Word Wall throughout the process. Introduce news words related to the words on the word wall. Don’t be afraid to introduce big words. If ‘hard worker’ shows up on your word wall, introduce ‘diligent,’ ‘self-motivated,’ and ‘trustworthy.’ Use your word wall to select books with characters or themes that reflect the words on the word wall.
Submit each artwork with two copies of the entry form on the back of the artwork. Adhere the first copy on the top left side of the back of the artwork. Tape the second entry form on top of the first entry form.
Interviews with students Monica Lum, Keanu Chun, and Kota Maiwela; art teacher Melissa Shelverton; SFCA APP Project Manager Kamakani Konia, and gallery views of the 2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. The exhibit was open May 14 – June 19, 2021. Free admission, Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Read a transcript: 2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Video Transcript (PDF).
Take an online tour of the 2021 Young Artists of Hawaiʻi Exhibit at the Hawaiʻi State Art Museum. The exhibit was open May 14 – June 19, 2021. Free admission, Monday – Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.