Wayne State University

Tri-County High School Exhibition

The Tri-County High School Art Exhibition is an exhibition displaying artwork from some of the most talented young people of Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties in Michigan.  The 2019 Tri-County High School Art Exhibition marks the 8th year for this event hosted by the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

The Art Department Gallery (ADG), Wayne State University (WSU), Detroit, MI presents a call for entries for its annual Tri-County High School Exhibition. The 2019 exhibition dates are March 22 – April 5, 2019. The exhibition will feature approximately fifty artworks by high school students from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.

To apply: https://forms.wayne.edu/5be0842f58da5


The Art Department Gallery hosts annual undergraduate exhibitions, graduate student exhibitions, faculty exhibitions and sabbatical exhibitions. Additionally, the gallery lends itself to provide exhibition space to community organizations with the approval of an exhibitions committee. <http://art.wayne.edu/communityarts_gallery.php>


Open to all 10th through 12th grade-level public, private, and home-schooled students from Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties.


Submissions will be juried and selected by a committee from the Department of Art and Art History. Selections will be based on quality, presentation, and proper application format.

Selected works can be hand delivered or shipped. Instructions will be included in a notification e-mail letter. The artist entrant will be responsible for transporting their work to and from the gallery. Every precaution will be taken to handle artwork with the utmost care. However, the Art Department Gallery and Wayne State University will not be responsible for damage or loss from any cause.


Notification of accepted and non-accepted works will be sent via email.


Each selected artist will receive a $1,000 Scholarship Award

Seven awards will be given for outstanding artworks in the exhibition:

First Place, Second Place, Third Place, 3 Honorable Mentions and 1 Teacher Award

First Place: WSU $4,000 Scholarship Award and $150 Dick Blick Certificate

Second Place: WSU $3,000 Scholarship Award and $150 Dick Blick Certificate

Third Place: WSU $2,000 Scholarship Award and $150 Dick Blick Certificate

Honorable Mentions $150 Dick Blick Certificate

Teacher Award: $150 Dick Blick Certificate

Scholarship Awards can be redeemed upon the application and acceptance to the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History, Wayne State University.


Students can submit a maximum of three artworks.

Artwork must be original. Copies of published photos are not acceptable.

Applicants are encouraged, but not required to submit two-dimensional work with a maximum size of 48" in any direction. Sculptural and ceramic work must fit through a 6' by 8' door and weigh less than 70 pounds.

Video works are eligible. All accepted video works will be presented on flat screen monitors provided by the gallery. Selected videos must be on a USB thumb drive and have a pixel aspect ratio of 720 x 480 or higher.

Artists may not substitute another work for an accepted work, alter a work after submission, nor withdraw a work after it has been accepted. The Art Department Gallery reserves the right to refuse any entry, which does not match the images submitted or meet the criteria. The gallery reserves the right to refuse work that is not appropriate for the space.


Please use the online entry form to upload your submissions. The entry form will be available for submissions from January 14 through February 22, 2018. To apply: https://forms.wayne.edu/5be0842f58da5

You will receive an automatic email confirmation after you have successfully completed the form. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please contact the department at laura.makar@wayne.edu.

First Name *

Last Name *

Email *

Address Line 1 *

Address Line 2

City *

State / Province / Region *

Postal / Zip Code *

Country *

Phone *

Year of Graduation *

Primary Art Instructor *

High School Name *

You will be asked to upload your submission(s) in the following formats:

Upload 1-3 works in .jpg formats. Videos or animations must include a web link. You may include an image detail/close-up for each work, or a video still image for videos submitted.

Images must be no larger than 5"X7" horizontal or vertical with resolution at 300 dpi. File names should be titled in the following manner:

Last name_title_1.jpg and Last name_title_1detail.jpg

Image 1 example: (last name_title_1.jpg)

Image 1 detail example: (last name_title_1detail.jpg)

Title 1, Medium, Dimensions, Year

Last name_title_2.jpg and last name_title_2detail.jpg

Image 2 example: (last name_title_2.jpg)

Image 2 detail example: (last name_title_2detail.jpg)

Title 2, Medium, Dimensions, Year

Last name_title_3.jpg and last name_title_3detail.jpg

Image 3 example: (last name_title_3.jpg)

Image 3 detail example: (last name_title_3detail.jpg)

Title 3, Medium, Dimensions, Year

Please include any special installation instructions if needed.


January 14: call opens

February 22: deadline for submission

February 25-28: jury

March 1: notification via email

March 12-15: delivery of work

March 19-21: installation

March 22: Opening Reception, 5-8PM, with Awards Presentation at 6:30PM

April 5: exhibition closes

April 9-12: artwork pick up


For more information, please contact  laura.makar@wayne.edu.