Art Day Rules

1 Participating schools may bring up to 30 pieces of artwork to be displayed in the art competition.
2 Artwork must have an entry label attached to the front side of artwork in lower right hand corner. Artwork Labels.pdf
3 High schools must submit their Master List at the registration table the morning of the show. (The Master list will be personalized and sent to participating schools via e-mail.)
4 Artwork exhibited must have been produced during the 2018-2019 academic year.
5 All artwork should remain hanging until 2:10 p.m.
6 All two-dimensional work should be ready to display (matted or framed with a hanging device). You should bring your own pliers and tools for final adjustments. We will provide adequate space for displaying all three-dimensional work. (see this page for hanging suggestions)
7 Artworks may not have awards from previous shows/contests attached.



We often receive questions about why a derivative work received an award, and occasionally receive comments about plagiarism after the exhibit. Please remember that the HCC faculty do not evaluate the student's images. We don’t counsel judges on their criteria for awards, or how they should approach artwork that is not significantly developed beyond mere duplication. If you put yourself in the shoes of a juror, I think you’ll recognize why we don’t tell them how to judge art. Although we try to select judges who we respect and whom we think will approach the event with professionalism, in the past there have been some awards given to artworks that were not significantly changed in content or form or don’t seem to fit the majority consensus on technical or aesthetic excellence. That’s bound to happen when hundreds of awards are allocated.

Another concern raised is that student works have been given awards even though they are copies of an existing work. As you know there are untold millions of images on the internet- more uploaded every nanosecond- and it is simply not possible for a judge to always know when something is a copy. We don't currently have a plagiarism policy. I have been told some leagues require source images to be attached- we have not required that at this point, but may do so in the future.

A common practice in the art world is to title a derivative work as such. For example, if one is rendering a close copy of a famous work by Velasquez, or even a heavily modified version, one might title such a work The Maids of Honor (Las Meninas, after Velázquez). This is precisely what Picasso did when paying homage to his predecessors, and numerous artists continue this tradition of giving credit where it is due.