Youth Art Month 2016

The annual exhibition of student art, for grades K-12, at the Wiregrass Museum of Art highlights visual art created in our area schools. Public, private, and home schools in the Wiregrass region are encouraged to participate.


  • Enter only one (1) artwork per student. Limit to five (5) participants per project.
  • Only teachers may drop-off or pick-up artwork.
  • Works must be delivered during drop-off/pick-up times/dates.
  • Artwork should be well constructed, sturdy, and not contain food materials.
  • Students must complete the Honesty Statement and attach to back of work with masking tape. Do not use clear tape, staples or glue.
  • Limit artwork to 2D and 3D. All mediums accepted.
  • 2D artwork: standard sizes accepted. Submit without matting.
  • 3D artwork: must be able to stand on its own. No works larger than 12” x 12”.
  • Artwork that does not adhere to the guidelines will not be considered.
  • All Grade 11-12 submissions to YAM will also be considered for the Second Congressional Art Competition provided the submission meets the 28” x 28” size requirement as outlined in the Second Congressional entry guidelines.
  • By entering YAM, WMA reserves the right to reproduce images from selected art works for promotional purposes. Credit will be attributed.


  • All works for display in the Youth Art Month Exhibition will be selected by two (2) art professionals not associated with WMA or area arts programs.
  • Elementary and Middle (K- 8) jurors will select pieces that offer the best representation of grade level and imagination.
  • High School (9 – 12) jurors will select works that offer the best representation of craftsmanship, innovation, and technical skill.


High School (9 – 12) students’ works are eligible for the following awards:

  • Wiregrass Museum of Art Award, hung at WMA
  • Youth Art Month Award, hung at TBD
  • Houston County Award, hung in the County Commission Building
  • City of Dothan Award, hung in the Mayor’s Office
  • State of Alabama Award hung at the offices of either i.) State Senator, District 31 and ii.) State House Representative, District 85

High School awarded artwork will be displayed at the designated location for one (1) year, from March 2016 through March 2017. Works will be returned in April 2017. High School award winners will receive a $50.00 check. High School award winners receive recognition during a Dothan City Commission meeting held in early March 2016.


  • January 25th through January 30th* (Drop-off artwork deadline)
  • March 1st through March 5th Pick-up artwork not selected**
  • Tuesday, March 1st Opening Reception, 5PM – 7PM
  • Thursday, March 31st YAM Exhibit close
  • Friday, April 29th* Final pick-up of selected artwork**

*Drop-off/pick-up artwork during WMA business hours:
Wednesday through Friday 10AM – 4:30PM
Saturday 10AM – 2:30PM

**WMA is not responsible for artwork that is not claimed by the final pick-up date.

The 2nd Congressional Art Competition: Artistic Discovery Contest

The Congressional Art Competition, also known as the Artistic Discovery Contest, is an opportunity to recognize and encourage the artistic talent in the nation, as well as in our Congressional district. This competition is open to all high school juniors and seniors (11-12) in the Second Congressional District. The winning piece from Alabama- District 2 will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol alongside artwork from other contest winners nation-wide. All winning pieces from each Congressional district will also be considered for selection as the National Congressional Art Competition winner. Art works entered in the contest may be up to 28” x 28” (including the mat and frame) and may be up to 4” in depth.

The art work may be: paintings – including oil, acrylics, and watercolor, drawings – including pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, and markers, collage, prints – including lithographs, silkscreen, and block prints, mixed media, computer generated art, photography. All entries must be an original in concept, design and execution and meet the guidelines as stated on the website.

Students will submit to the WMA through their teachers using the 2015 Youth Art Month Exhibition Entry Form. All 11th and 12th grade WMA Youth Art Month exhibiting artists who meet the criteria will automatically be entered into the 2nd Congressional Art Competition, as well.

“Out of the (Art) Box” 2016

“Out of the (Art) Box” is an innovative variation on WMA’s popular public installation challenge. Teams of high school students (grades 9 – 12) will create original installations using moveable “boxes.” This year, students will be challenged to completely transform their material and think outside of the “(art) box.” The completed “boxes” will be created at the museum and then displayed on the museum grounds. The winning team will receive a donation to their school’s visual art program.


  • Enter only one (1) Letter of Intent per school.
  • Each team must have no less than four (4) members and no more than six (6).
  • Completed installations will be on exhibit in downtown Dothan for the duration of Youth Art Month; March 2016.

All teams Letters of Intent must include the following:

  • Name of school.
  • List of students on team. Include name, e-mail, mailing address, phone number and grade.
  • Written or typed recommendation from an art educator, teacher, or sponsor.
  • Reason why your team should be picked. 30 words or less. Be as creative as possible!
  • Mini-Installation that encapsulates the theme “The Future Is…” These installations may or may not be in “box” form. Remember that “box” can mean many things! Installations should not exceed 12” x 8” x 5”.
  • Mail or bring installations to WMA, 126 Museum Ave., Dothan, AL 36303. Written material can be emailed to


  • Saturday, January 30th Letter of Intent/Mini-Installation deadline
  • Friday, February 5th Notification of team selection
  • Friday, February 26th Out of the (Art) Box Competition, 9AM – 6PM
  • Saturday, February 27th Out of the (Art) Box Competition, 10AM – 4PM
  • Tuesday, March 1st Opening Reception; winners announced 5PM – 7PM
  • Thursday, March 31st “Out of the (Art) Box” display end
  • Thursday, March 31st Breakdown and Recycling of boxes*

*All teams are invited to remove art before the recycling process.

Contact Art Educator Leah Lapszynski for more information.