2024 Charleston Youth Art Month Juried Exhibition

Call for Artists!

The City of Charleston Office of Public Art is accepting submissions from Kanawha County students, grades K-12, for the 2024 Charleston Youth Art Month (YAM) Juried Exhibition.  The Juried Exhibition Form must be received, and artwork dropped off at the City Service Center (Public Art Office or the Planning Office, Monday - Friday from 8:30A - 5P), 915 Quarrier Street by February 23, 2024 at 5P.  Artists whose entries are accepted will be notified before the exhibit opening on February 29. 

Exhibition Opening

February 29, 2024

Exhibition Dates and Location

The exhibition will open to visitors March 1 - March 31, 2024 at the City Service Center.

Eligible to Participate

Any student in Kanawha County, grades K-12, can participate in the Youth Art Month Juried Exhibition. This includes public, private, alternative and home school students. 

Submission Guidelines

  • Artist must submit original work.
  • One submission will be accepted per artist. 
  • All mediums will be accepted. 
  • 2D works should not exceed 18" x 24". 
  • Sculptural works cannot exceed 10" in depth. 
  • Artwork must be labeled with the artist's first name, grade, and school. An "Artwork Label" template has been included on this page. 
  • Artist or parent/guardian must email a photo of artwork using the "Email Artwork Photo" link on this page.  Subject line must include 2024 YAM and artist's full name. 
  • Artist or parent/guardian must submit the "Juried Exhibition Form" included on this page. 

Submission Deadline 

Artwork and form must be received no later than February 23, 2024 at 5P. 

Award Categories

Artwork will be evaluated by a panel of professionals and evaluated based on originality, creativity, overall design, and composition.  Awards will be presented for the following categories: 

  • Best of Show
  • Mayor's Choice
  • Grades K-5: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention
  • Grades 6-8: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention
  • Grades 9-12: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, Honorable Mention

Teachers/Program Coordinators/Workshop Hosts

We want to make sure our parents/guardians are engaged in the submission process for our Youth Art Month Initiative.  To help ensure a seamless process, we have created a "Note to Parent/Guardian from Teacher/Program Coordinator" template you can use to send home with students/program participants. You can access this template in the right hand navigation on this page. Should you need support from the Office of Public Art, please contact Director Jeff Pierson.   

Youth Art Month Artist Workshops

The Office of Public Art and Parks and Recreation Department have teamed up to host two Youth Art Month Artist Workshops in preparation for the Charleston Youth Art Month Juried Exhibition.

Join local artist, Brianna Taft, for the Fun with Color and Abstraction workshops which will introduce participants to color concepts and abstraction through painting and drawing.  All materials and supplies will be provided. 

Workshop 1 will take place February 20, 2024 from 6:15P - 7:15P at the MLK, Jr Community Center (314 Donnally Street). 

Workshop 2 will take place February 22, 2024 from 6:15P - 7:15P at the Kanawha City Community Center (3511 Venable Avenue). 

 


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