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Please visit the National Scholastic Art & Writing website FAQ for more information about national guidelines such as Getting Started, Work Upload, Categories, Policy, and general information on the national program and structure of the organization. 

FAQ will be specific to the Colorado Affiliate and will be updated throughout the year.  To submit a question not addressed below, please complete the CONTACT FORM. Emails are typically answered within 48 hours unless it's a holiday. 

What is the deadline to submit?

The deadline for the Colorado Affiliate is January 8th, 2024. Incomplete submissions will be removed from the system after this deadline and will not be adjudicated

How many pieces of artwork are in a portfolio?

The 2023-2024 Scholastics portfolio submission requires six (6) images of art.

How is the artwork regionally adjudicated?

Professional artists, professors, and retired teachers adjudicate all submissions in the Colorado Region. All grades will be judged separately. They look for personal voice, originality, and technical skill. Colorado’s Gold Key awardees are then sent to the national level where they compete with Gold Key awardees from other states.

How will I be notified if I received a regional award?

Awards will be posted at on January 16, 2024.

Is there a limit to how many a student can enter?

No, however, for photography a student is allowed to submit a maximum of sixteen (16) individual submissions. A student can submit up to two (2) art portfolios. These are National Rules.

Is there a size limitation for artwork?

There is NO size limitation for submissions. However, oversized works that earn National Medals are not guaranteed opportunities for display in the regional and national Exhibition. Artwork greater than 42" x 42" will not be able to be displayed at the in-person regional exhibition due to space constraints but will be shown on the virtual gallery on this website in the Spring.

Is there a submission form?

No, there are no submissions forms with the new system, only approval and fee wavier options that are now embedded within the national system.

Do educators approve the submissions?

Educators will NOT be required to approve submissions this year. 


Will there be an exhibition of the regional awards?

Awarded artwork will be displayed on the website and in an in-person exhibition at the Denver Art Museum and 40 West Gallery. Artwork greater than 42" x 42" will not be able to be displayed at the in-person regional exhibition due to space constraints.

Where do I drop off my artwork for the Colorado Exhibition?

All artwork will need to be dropped off at Mile High Framing or received by mail by Sunday, January 28, 2024. All artwork can be mailed to/dropped off at:

7951 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Friday, January 26 2 - 5pm

Saturday, January 27 10 - 4pm

Sunday, January 28 12 - 4pm


CONTACT 303-900-3292

Will there be an awards ceremony?

Yes! The awards ceremony will be IN-PERSON at the Denver Art Museum on Saturday, February 17, 2024. It will be held by school groups - times TBA, mark your calendar now for this date. All students who receive an award should attend the awards ceremony during their school time slot.

Where do I get my awards certificate? 

The national system allows for all students to access and print their certificate(s): Additionally, silver and gold key regional awardees will receive a key pin at the regional awards ceremony. Those who attend the ceremony will receive key pins or an be picked up at the artwork pick up at the end of the exhibition period, scheduled for March 8, 9, 10th, 2024 at 7951 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226. No certificates or pins will be mailed.

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