The Westport Arts Center announces the 2018 Call For Entries for the annual High School Student Art Exhibition.  High School students throughout the region are invited to submit original works of art showcasing their creativity and artistic talent.

In its fourth year, the exhibition will be reviewed by esteemed juror and art historian Elizabeth Gorayeb, Executive Director of the world-renowned Wildenstein Plattner Institute. She will also serve as the curator for the Arts Center’s Spring Exhibition.

An opening night reception and awards ceremony for the High School Student Art Exhibition will be held on March 23 at 6 p.m., in conjunction with the opening of the Arts Center’s Spring Exhibition.

“The High School Student Art exhibition reflects Westport’s heritage as an arts community and showcases Westport’s strong school art programs.  This is a great opportunity for students to have their work reviewed by such an esteemed juror. We can’t wait to see what the students submit,” stated Amanda Innes, Executive Director of the Westport Arts Center.

The overall competition is sponsored by The Honorable Alan Nevas and his wife, Janet, in memory of Tracy Sugarman. Sugarman, a Westport resident who was an illustrator, writer and civil rights activist, is best known for his painting and illustrations recording American history from D-Day to the space shuttle.

Awards will include:

  • The Tracy Sugarman Award ($100), to the Juror’s Choice for best submission among Westport students
  • The Sontag Award ($500), to the Juror’s Selection for Best in Show
  • The People’s Choice Award ($250), to the artist who has received the most votes by the public

Important Dates:

  • Submission Deadline: Friday, March 2, 2018 at midnight
  • Selection notification date: Monday, March 5, 2018 at 6pm via email
  • Drop off of selected art to the Westport Arts Center is on Monday, March 12 from Noon–4:30 pm


  • Only 1, two-dimensional artwork submission per student (completed in 2017 or later)
  • No sculptures, films and three-dimensional works will be accepted
  • Artwork may not exceed 24” any direction, including frame
  • Work must be ready to hang with wire; works on paper must be framed and wired
  • By submitting a work, you consent to your work’s use in any promotional purposes, including social media and press materials

There is a $10 entry fee.  Please contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 to discuss need-based scholarships.

Further detail on how to submit work is available by calling 203/222-7070 or by visiting

About the Westport Arts Center

The Westport Arts Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting our community through the arts, reaches more than 11,000 people annually through outstanding programs in visual arts, arts education, and the performance arts of Chamber music and jazz.

The Westport Arts Center receives philanthropic support from the Katherine and Howard Aibel Foundation; Anthropologie & Co.; Artur and Heida Hermanns Holde Foundation, Inc.; Bernstein Private Wealth Management; Cohen and Wolf, P.C.; Critical Mix; Delamar Southport; Design Within Reach; Dragone Motor Cars; Fairfield County Bank; Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Fairfield County Hunt Club; 4th Row Films; First County Bank Foundation; GWAY Print Solutions; Hal Prince Music; the Hall Art Foundation; The Hofstetter Baron Group; Hotel Zero Degrees; J.P. Morgan; Land Rover/Jaguar of Fairfield; Moffly Media; Newman’s Own Foundation; Northeast Tent; Serena & Lily; Shack Sackler Foundation; Sontag Advisory LLC; Steven Mancini Salon; Success Printing & Mailing; Teich Gardens; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; Verde Energy USA, Inc.; Wells Fargo Advisors; Westport Now; Westport Resources, a division of United Capital; WPKN and WSHU Public Radio Group. The Westport Arts Center operates with the support of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

For more information, contact the Westport Arts Center at 203/222-7070 or The Westport Arts Center gallery is open Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 51 Riverside Avenue, Westport, CT.


Featured Images

  • Previous Staples High School student (Westport, CT), Sophia Livecchi, the 2017 Tracy Sugarman Award winner. Photo by Leslie LaSala.
  • 2017 exhibiting high school artist, Louikenson Paul, from NHA Learning Center (Norwalk, CT). Photo by Leslie LaSala.


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