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Regional High School Art Show

UPDATE: Following the guidance of Public Health Seattle and King County and implementing preventive and responsive strategies, the upcoming Regional Art Show scheduled for Wednesday, March 18, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at PSESD has now been CANCELED.

Puget Sound Educational Service District’s (PSESD) Annual High School Art Show Competition is open to students enrolled in grades 9-12 in any public or state-approved private school, as well as home-schooled students, in the PSESD region. Artwork is judged on creativity, composition, and technique. Browse pictures from previous events on the PSESD Facebook Page. Visit the OSPI website for more information about the state art show. Only art from currently enrolled public high school students may advance to OSPI’s Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show. 

2019 Winners

Click here to view the 2019 winners.  

Regional High School Art Show Timeline

  • December 1, 2019 – January 17, 2020: Online registration open
  • January 6 – 17, 2020: Art work accepted
  • January 30, 2020: Install exhibit
  • February 4 – 14, 2020: Judging
  • February 25, 2020: Award letters mailed
  • February 14 – March 20, 2020: Art Show open for public viewing (M-F 7:00 am – 4:30 pm)
  • March 18, 2020: Regional High School Art Show Reception and Awards Presentation (6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
  • May 15, 2020: 47th Annual State High School Art Show Reception at OSPI, Olympia, WA (1:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

Submitting Artwork

Download and complete the following forms.  Bring them when delivering your artwork in January 2020.

Every teacher must complete the Inventory Form (text only form). Also, ID Tags (text version) must be printed and attached to the back of the artwork.

Deliver artwork to PSESD at 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA  98057. The building will be open M-F 7:00 am – 4:30 pm.

*Alternate artwork collection sites to be announced – tentatively scheduled:

  • January 13 – King County
  • January 16 – Pierce County

For more information on submitting artwork, see OSPI's Online Registration User Guide.


PSESD follows the state’s guidelines regarding originality. See page 7 of the 2019-20 State Guidelines.

Hanging Artwork

PSESD requires artwork to be submitted ready for display. Artwork without a proper hanging device will receive a 5-point penalty. This could determine whether or not artwork is granted an award or advances to the State Art Show.

All artwork that is to be hung must have a weight appropriate line securely attached to the back. This means that tape of any kind, stick-on tabs, paperclips, or string/fishing line are not acceptable hanging devices! Not only will points be deducted, but the artwork will fall and be damaged.

Please provide sturdy back support for lightweight 2D items. Frames for all hanging artwork is best; however, small items such as a drawing or photograph could be mounted to a thick matboard or foam core so that the artwork does not bend or warp when hanging.

Contact the Art Show Coordinator if you have questions about mounting and/or presentation.


The Regional High School Art Show accepts both 2D and 3D art work including: photography, ceramics, charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, pen and ink, watercolor, acrylic, linoleum block print, silk screen, collagraph, collage, glass, metal, jewelry, chalk pastel, oil pastel, mixed media, paper, scratchboard, wood, etc. Please do not submit artwork that is not ‘for sale’. The PSESD purchases several pieces, and several pieces are purchased at the state art show.

Award categories:
Regional Awards (advances to the state art show)
PSESD Staff Choice (purchased for $200)
PSESD Board of Director’s Choice (purchased for $200)
Superintendent’s Choice Award (purchased for $200)
Best in Show 3D
Best in Show 2D
King County Executive Awards
Pierce County Commissioner’s Choice Awards
People’s Choice
Washington Federation of Independent Schools
Central Washington University Scholarship Awards
Outstanding Achievement Awards


For details about registering online or guidelines about the art show, please see links below: