High School Area Show

April 24, 2020 - May 24, 2020

Entries accepted: January 31-March 8, 2020
Exhibition Dates: April 24-May 24, 2020

Now in its 38th year, the High School Area Show is a unique opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to have their achievements recognized in a museum. Last year eight colleges and art schools awarded over 55 scholarships to exhibiting artists, with a value of more than $750,000. Eligible students entering the High School Area Show may also have work considered for the 6th District Congressional Art Competition as well.

Students in grades 9-12 who reside in the Michigan counties of Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, or Van Buren counties are eligible to participate. To enter the Congressional Art Competition (CAC), students must reside in the 6th Congressional District (bolded counties listed above).

Each student artist may submit up to TWO works of art. Student artists may enter ONE 2-D piece for consideration in the CAC. The 2-D artwork for CAC entry must be no larger than 26 inches wide by 26 inches tall by 4 inches deep, even when framed. There is an entry fee of $3 per artwork. Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch may waive all fees. Click here to download a fee waiver form.

All entries must be received in digital form. Go to callforentry.org and register by creating an account.
For step-by-step instructions visit www.callforentry.org/how-to-apply-artists/
Access the complete KIA info sheet here.


  • January 31-March 8 – Digital entries accepted
  • Thursday, March 26 & Friday, March 27 – Notification Day
  • Thursday, April 2 & Friday, April 3; 12-7 pm, Saturday April 4; 12-5 pm, Thursday, April 9 & Friday, April 10; 12-7 pm, Saturday April 11; 12-5 pm- Accepted art delivered
  • Saturday, April 11, 5 pm – Deadline for payment to be received by the KIA
  • Thursday, April 23; 5:30-7:30 pm – Opening Reception & Award Ceremony (6 pm)

Any student whose work is accepted for exhibition is eligible to receive an award!

Last year, over 45 scholarships and prizes were awarded including: