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Student Artwork On Display At DPI

call for student art
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is proud to announce a new project that will annually collect high quality digital images of student artwork from across the state. The images will be printed, framed, and hung in the new home for DPI in the Tommy G Thompson Center near the capitol building in Madison for one year beginning the summer of 2024. In addition, the artwork will also be displayed on the Arts & Creativity page of the DPI Website.
  • Entries are open to all K-12 aged students in Wisconsin.
  • Each art educator can submit up to 5 works of art from their school’s current work.
  • No group pieces please. All artwork must be created by one individual student within the current school year. Only one artwork per student may be submitted.
  • Artwork MUST be from the artist’s own imagery, concept, and planning. Images that are of CELEBRITY, from DIRECT INTERNET SEARCHES or other imagery that is NOT THE ARTIST'S OWN REFERENCE cannot be entered as it is or may borderline plagiarism.
  • Only high quality digital images can be submitted - no originals. The images should be cropped and print ready per the format guidelines below. The digital images can be of any 2-D or 3-D art (Digital drawing/painting, photography or photos of your student’s paintings or sculptures).
  • The submission form below will require a Media Permission Slip to be completed by the artist’s caregivers and uploaded as a PDF at the same time as the digital artwork TIFF file. Artwork submitted without this permission slip will not be considered. Students and caregivers will not receive compensation and allow DPI to use images of the artwork online and in the media.
  • To be considered for this year, artwork and accompanying information must be submitted no later than May 15, 2024.
Images should be submitted as TIFF files (Tag Image File Format). This format is required over PNG or JPEG as it will retain the image detail with appropriate colors for printing. Photos should be adjusted to a 18 X 24 (3:4 aspect ratio) in either landscape or portrait orientation. Scanning the artwork is also acceptable at 300 DPI or better, however, taking high quality photographs as described in this article is preferred. A few specific reminders:
  • Use the very best DSLR Camera you can find. Ideally it will be a 12 megapixel camera or better.
  • Remove artwork from behind glass.
  • Be sure the camera is pointed parallel to the painting/artwork.
  • Capture an inch outside the canvas/painting. By doing this it gives you a little room to crop your image just in case there was an error.
  • Turn off the in-camera flash. When you do this it will avoid any extra glare coming from your camera.
  • Take lots of extra shots of each piece and remember to refocus the lens! This will ensure that you have backup pictures to use just in case your main shots don’t work out.
  • You don't need the best lights for photographing your artwork. Sunlight is the best light source you can use since it contains the full color spectrum.
  • 3-D works should be photographed in front of a neutral background
  • Please do not add titles or other information onto the submitted images such as watermarks.
  • Name digital images in this manner: School__Student’s First Name__Title of Artwork
A panel of art educators and professors will select up to 50 pieces to be printed, framed, and put on display at DPI as well as online on the DPI Arts & Creativity website. Selection will be based on composition, skill/technique, student voice, and craftsmanship as found on this rubric.
  • Each art educator can submit up to 5 works using THIS GOOGLE FORM.
  • The deadline to submit images for the inaugural year of this program is May 15, 2024.
  • Art Educators will be notified of selected art around July 1, 2024
  • Artwork will be on display beginning on or around July 1, 2024 until June of 2025.
  • Displayed artwork will only contain the student’s first name, last initial, grade, and title of the work. No other identifying information will be included.
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