Student Visual Arts Exhibition


Autry Classroom Curators Presents: Visions of Community

Fifth Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 26, 2020, Noon–3:00 p.m.


In Western films, television, literature, and art, the individual is often portrayed as the hero of the American West. In reality, communities have thrived as the heart and soul of the region for thousands of years. Countless Western communities, made up of individuals brought together through shared experiences, reflect the diversity of the individuals who comprise them.

From the earliest Native communities cultivating crops together to congregations worshipping collectively, from citizens providing services for new immigrants to women creating businesses together, communities unite us and remind us that, even as individuals, we are not alone.

We call on the students of Southern California to share with us their visions of community in the American West.

What community or communities do you belong to? Why is your community important to you? What does community mean in the past, present, and future of the American West?

As always, we look forward to seeing your visions and sharing them at the Autry.


  • Submissions will be accepted from November 11, 2019, through March 6, 2020:
    • Student application must be submitted online. Applications available November 11.
    • Completed artwork can be dropped off at the Autry’s Mary Pickford Education Center or mailed to:
      Autry Museum of the American West 
      c/o Katherine Herman, Education Office
      4700 Western Heritage Way
      Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • March 6, 2020, is the final deadline for both the online application submission and for the physical artwork to arrive at the Autry (not a “postmarked by” deadline).
  • Juried results will be shared with the teachers/advisors by March 31, 2020. Teachers/advisors are kindly asked to share this information with their students.
  • Selected artwork will be on view Sunday, April 26, through Sunday, May 24, 2020. Artwork cannot be removed from the exhibition prior to Sunday, May 24, 2020.
  • Artwork must be picked up from the Autry no later than Friday, May 29, 2020. Any artwork left at the Autry Museum past Friday, May 29, 2020, is subject to removal.
  • There is no entry fee.



  • All works of art must be original artwork created by students in grades 6–12.
  • All submitted artwork must be completed at the time of submission.
  • All entries must be labeled on the back with the name of the student, the school, and the teacher. Please note the orientation of the work (i.e., which side goes at the top).
  • In order to fit a standard frame, 2-D artwork must measure 5 x 7, 8 x 10, 11 x 14, 16 x 20, 20 x 30, or 22 x 32 inches. Stretched canvases will not be framed by the Autry.
  • All forms of two-dimensional art are accepted, including but not limited to watercolor, graphic prints, acrylic, mixed media, oil, pastel, pencil/pen drawing, photography, etc.
  • Pastels, charcoal, Cray-Pas, and glitter must be fixed (or sealed) when submitted.
  • By submitting his/her artwork, the artist assumes all risks and agrees to hold the Autry harmless against any and all losses, claims, or damages.


  • Artists may submit digital images only of the physical art for review. The Autry will accept the physical art piece if the 3-D piece is accepted into the exhibition.
    • Please include front, back, and side view photographs of 3-D art.
    • Photographs of the 3-D art must be high resolution JPG or PDF.
    • File size should not exceed 2Mb.
    • Please email photographs to Include your full name, the name of your school, and “Visual Arts Exhibition” in the subject line (ex.: Jane Doe – Champion Middle School – Visual Arts Exhibition)
  • All works of art must be original artwork created by students in grades 6–12.
  • All photographs submitted must depicted completed works of art.
  • All forms of three-dimensional art are accepted, including but not limited to paper, metal, wood, plastics, and ceramics.
  • By submitting his/her artwork, the artist assumes all risks and agrees to hold the Autry harmless against any and all losses, claims, or damages.


  • All selected entries are eligible for award recognition.

Educational Programs at the Autry are sponsored by:

Air Conditioning depot • Honda R&D Americas, Inc. • Molly and Neal H. Brockmeyer • Carole E. Buss • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation • Frank H. Countner and Susan L. Countner • Dwight Stuart Youth Fund • Edison International • The Georgina-Fredrick Children’s Foundation • The Kenneth T. and Eileen L. Norris Foundation • Max H. Gluck Foundation • Carl W. Robertson and Susan W. Robertson • Brenda and Gary Ruttenberg • Sony Pictures Entertainment • Thelma Pearl Howard Foundation