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Student Art Scholarship

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The Woodlands Arts Council invites graduating high school seniors to apply to win a Student Art Scholarship to continue their education at an accredited college, university or similar institution (such as a school of art or design).Applicants will be evaluated in either 2-D or 3-D with an emphasis on genre!

Genre noun, plural gen·res [zhahn-ruhz; French zhahn-ruh]. A class or category of artistic endeavor having a particular form, content, technique, or the like: the genre of epic poetry; the genre of symphonic music.

The scholarship Committee of The Woodlands Arts Council has developed a competition that will make it easier to compare “Apples to Apples.” By looking at art by genre, instead of media categories, realistic pieces will be judged together, abstraction will be another category and designed graphics will be the third in the 2-D category. Similarly, all work in the 3-D category will be viewed as either functional or non-functional. Because genre lines have become blurred in recent years, many pieces are on the border between genres and could easily fit in more than one. We are leaving it up to the students’ discretion to decide in which category their art would be best represented. (A realistic painting with five realistic hands
covering the face could be placed in realism or abstraction.)

Eligible Schools – Students residing in the attendance zones for the following public high schools may apply whether they attend the public schools, an accredited private school in the same area or are home schooled in an accredited program:The Woodlands, The Woodlands College Park, Oak Ridge, Grand Oaks, Conroe, Caney Creek, Hauke, Tomball, Magnolia High School. Applicants who attend accredited online schools operated by school districts not listed are eligible only if they reside within the above school district boundaries.

Categories - All art will be entered in either the 2-D category or 3-D category and then subdivided by genre. Submitted work can include but is not limited to the following media: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Ink, Mixed Media, Photography, Digital Art, Ceramics, Wood, Metal, Glass, Fibers, Plaster, and Animation, and judged on artistic merit as well as their potential to add to the cultural voice of our community. All work must be an original work created solely by the applicant. Submitted works must be appropriate for family audiences at the Festival.

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3D Art

3-D includes: Sculpture, Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics, Small Metals, Mixed Media, Fibers, 3-D prints, Animation, etc.

In the categories:

Functional (includes Realism/Abstract/Conceptual/Comic)

Non-functional (includes Realism/Abstract/Conceptual/Comic)

Submission Standards:
  • 3D work must be of a size and nature that it can be readily transported to the jury site.
  • Hanging work should not may weigh more than 30 pounds.
  • Free standing works are suggested not to be more than 50 pounds including the base or other supporting structure and must be readily transportable
  • Work must be sturdy and able to stand solely with its base or supporting structure without other means of support and must be secured and safe to handle.
  • No work may have anything attached or protruding that would be dangerous to handle.
  • Animated work should be submitted on a flash drive or SD card
  • Animated works, videos or films must be at least 30 seconds and not more than 3 minutes in total.
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining and furnishing releases, permissions, licenses needed for any models, actors, or copyrighted music or other material used.
  • Applicants in animation and video may submit a storyboard, character sketch, or stills taken from the video or animation as additional works provided they are prepared for display as 2D or 3D works.
  • Animated works, videos or short subject films selected to be played at the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival will be displayed by way of such supporting still imagery and a QR code that will allow the video to be played on visitors’ personal devices.
  • Submitted work must have your Name, School and Genre labeled on the back of the piece.

3D Application

Click here!

2D Art

2-D includes: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Ink, Photo, Digital, etc.

In the categories:

Realism (can include Stylized & Conceptual)

Abstract (can include Stylized & Conceptual)

Graphic (can include Stylized, Design, Comic, & Conceptual)

Submission Standards:
  • 2D work may be no larger than 30” x 40” and must weigh less than 30 lbs. including a 3 inch mat.
  • Artwork needs to be properly fixed and stable for presentation.
  • Works on paper may be flush mounted or matted using black, white or grey mat board and backed with sturdy mat board or cardboard. Delicate work (drawings, watercolors, photos, pastels, etc.) may be submitted with a removable cover sheet to protect it and other pieces, no frames with glass. The loop side of Velcro or Velcro dots will be used to hang the light weight work at the mall. If you do not have access to them, they will be provided at the intake station at the mall on Friday.
  • Wrapped canvas, wood panels, and heavy mixed media pieces should be equipped with a wire for hanging.
  • The scholarship committee will photograph winning artwork for display at the Woodlands Waterway Art Festival for display.
  • Submitted work must have your Name, School and Genre labeled on the back of the piece.

2D Application

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Open to High School Seniors in the Montgomery County area.

January 05, 2022 Wednesday, 8:00am Online application process opens

January 24, 2022 Monday, Midnight Online application process closes

January 28, 2022 Friday, 3:00-6:00pm Deliver Art and paperwork

January 29, 2022 Saturday, Noon-4:00pm View Art on Display Ribbons will be placed on winning work around noon on Saturday. Winners will be announced at 4:00. If you see that you are a winner earlier during the day, notify a TWAC official for recognition.

January 29, 2022 Saturday, 4:00-6:00pm Use form submission confirmation email to pick up artwork & Awards given out.

April 9 & 10, 2022 Saturday & Sunday 10:00am-6:00pmThe Woodlands Waterway Art Festival

It’s a “New Day” and we have a “New Way” to view ART!

Put on Your Genre Glasses!

Applications are now open.

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