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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 9th, 2024. Incomplete submissions (no photo, artwork details or school information) will be removed from the system after this deadline and will not be adjudicated. Submissions only missing parent approval or payment will be permitted into adjudication this year by special national permission. We will reach out with permission requests if needed after regional awards are announced.

What if I am having technical issues with the NATIONAL SYSTEM?

Visit the national blog which provides support for the technical issues with the national system.

Video tutorials are also available for students and educators who want help with the entry process.

When will I be notified if I received an award?

Yes All participants will receive the official regional awards announcement on March 29, 2024. Until then, the Colorado Art team is working independently from the national system to maintain the awards ceremony, exhibition and regional timeline.

National Adjudication will be held in April 2024. National Awards will be announced on June 12th, 2024 and there will be a virtual national ceremony in August.

Do I receive an awards certificate?

Yes! All awards certificates will be available for students to directly print from their national account after March 29th, 2024.

I missed the awards ceremony. How do I pick up my Gold or Silver Key Pin?

You may pick up your pin at artwork pick up on March 9th and 10th.

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 or 17th, 2024 depending on when the NATIONAL SYSTEM provides our regional awards report. Plan to check on the evening of January 17th at the latest.

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 pick up my artwork for the Colorado Exhibition?

All artwork will need to be picked up at Mile High Framing.

7951 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226

Saturday, March 9 10 - 4pm

Sunday, March 10 12 - 4pm


CONTACT 303-900-3292 for questions or requests for mailing.

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 9 & 10th, 2024 at 7951 W Mississippi Ave, Lakewood, CO 80226. No certificates or pins will be mailed.

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