2023 Visual Arts Achievement Awards

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The Visual Arts Achievement Awards is a competition sponsored by the Alabama State Council on the Arts and administered each February on the local level by various groups such as The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. The exhibit consists of the winners, judge’s choice awards and honorable mentions awarded to students from local schools with works divided into two groups based on grade level. Group I consists of middle school students in grades six through eight. Group II consists of high school students in grades nine through twelve. Entries are classified based on medium:  drawing, painting, mixed-media, 3-D, print making, computer design, and photography.

The guidelines for this year’s VAAP have been finalized. Here is a rundown of the guidelines, followed by significant dates; please read carefully!

Each school can submit up to 10 pieces of artwork. See attached for the media classifications (there is a change from last year). If you work at a school that has both middle and high school students, 10 per division can be submitted. 

This year, we will accept art pieces in person at the Arts Council Offices in the PARA Building (note address: 614 Greensboro Ave.). Due to the number of pieces we have to hang for the show, please have velcro on the back of ALL hanging work for hanging in our gallery. We will not be providing velcro mounting this year. 

The selected works will be hung in our Junior League Gallery as usual.


We are doing this differently this year. Instead of having a printed form to fill out, you will enter your students’ work using THIS GOOGLE FORM. Please fill out a separate entry for each student art work piece. For questions about media classifications and media/technique descriptions, you can see the attached informational document. You will notice that a brief artist statement is required this year. 

When you bring the pieces to the Arts Council, please have each piece labeled with the student’s name, school, division, and title (a tag is fine). 


February 13-15: Teachers drop of student work at the PARA Building of the Arts Council. Please let me know when you will be stopping by. ***ALL WORK MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5:00 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, 2/15!! If you want to drop it off the prior week, that is fine – just let me know. 

February 20-24: Judging of work

February 24: Winners announced; teachers notified which students’ work will be hung in the gallery

February 27-March 9: Selected works on display at Arts Council Junior League Gallery

March 9: Closing reception for teachers and families at the Arts Council Junior League Gallery

April 13: State awards ceremony in Montgomery. 

More Information

For additional information contact Shannon McCue
(205) 345-9801

Learn more about the Visual Arts Achievement Program by visiting:

The Alabama State Council on the Arts