Florida State Fair Art Portfolio Contest for High School Seniors
February 8, 2024 to February 19, 2024
Florida State Fair Grounds
Application Dates
Sep 22 to Dec 1 '23
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Dec 15, 2023



Florida State Fair Art Portfolio Contest
For High School Seniors

Exhibition Dates: February 8 – 19, 2024
ENTRIES DUE BY December 1, 2023.

Why Compete?

The Florida State Fair is so much more than rides, midway food & livestock exhibitions! Last year we had over 450,000 visitors visit the Florida State Fair. Many of those individuals came primarily to see the various exhibits that were on display. They particularly enjoyed seeing the artwork from the most talented students across the state! 

Contest Information

The Art Portfolio Contest for High School Seniors is the highlight of the Fair’s Youth Art Competitions. This is an excellent opportunity for High School Seniors in Florida to showcase their artwork, build
their resume and of course, win scholarship money for continuing your education. This year we are fortunate to have the Florida Dairy Farmers as our sponsor. Florida’s dairy farmers work hard every day to provide the delicious and nutritious dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt that fuel creative young minds.

$10,000 in scholarship money will be awarded this year!

First Place: $3000 • Second Place: $2000 • 10 Awards of Merit: $500 each

If selected, you will NOT need to send original artwork, as we will be printing digital images of your work for the final exhibition. We look forward to exhibiting your fresh, creative talent at the Florida State Fair from February 8 – 10, 2024.


Important Dates

DEC 1 
All entries must be completed online at Juried Art Services 

DEC 15 
Notification of acceptance for exhibition e-mailed to student & teacher. 
All artwork in the exhibition will be digitally printed and displayed at the Florida State Fair. Detailed instructions will be included in the acceptance packet.

JAN 5 
High-resolution digital files are due by accepted students. 
The 32 student artist’s portfolios that are accepted to exhibit at the Fair maybe asked to submit high-resolution digital files of 3 - 5 selected images from their portfolio, along with a headshot and an artist statement. Also, around 30 individual pieces will be chosen for the Wall of Excellence and they will need to submit a single high-resolution digital file.

JAN 12 
Awards recipients will be notified by email

JAN 19 
Online Public preview is available

FEB 8-19  2024 
Florida State Fair:
The exhibit will be located at the Florida Center

FEB 20 
Last Day of the 2024 Florida State Fair:
Exhibition closes

Eligibility Requirements

·   Open to ONLY high school senior art students in the 12th grade

·   Students must be a Florida state resident or must reside in the state of Florida

·   Students can apply from either public, charter, private or home schools

Scholarship Awards

·   First Place: $3000

·   Second Place: $2000

·   Ten (10) Awards of Merit: $500 each

Competition Requirements

·   All work must be original and completed within the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

·   There is NO entry fee!

·   Students must submit their “Art Portfolio Contest for High School Seniors” application using an online application service called Juried Art Services. Juried Art Services allows you to complete an entry form as well as upload images of your portfolio for judging.

·  For more information on how to create a digital portfolio and uploading portfolio to Juried Art Services (page 4-7), click here 

·  Students must upload a completed portfolio consisting of at least 7, but not more than 10 images of original artwork.

·   Work can be either 2-D or 3-D and be incorporated into any medium.

ü 2D work includes: painting in any media, drawing, pastels, pen & ink, photography, printmaking, digital art (computer-generated art) and 2D mixed media.

ü 3D work includes: Sculpture, ceramics, wood, fiber arts, jewelry, metalwork, glass, 3D mixed media, and art installations.

·   Guidelines for jurying:

ü Portfolio artwork shows creative and personal expression; demonstrates technical competency in the medium(s) presented, and communicates
a clear visual intent and vision.

ü Jury selection is made with regards to the entire cohesive body of work, not on individual pieces of artwork.

ü A juried committee consisting of artists, professional art curators, and art educators will be select award recipients.

ü Art reproduced or rendered from the works of masters, from advertisements, materials from published sources, or widely circulated photographs (other than the student’s photos) is NOT considered original.

ü Artwork must be suitable for all audiences and should not contain profane words or obscene content.

·   All artwork that is in the exhibition will be digitally printed and displayed. No original artwork is needed to exhibit in this contest if accepted.

Acceptance, Notification and Exhibition Requirements

·   Students and teachers will be notified of their acceptance into the exhibition by mail and email by Friday, December 15, 2023.

·   Students with accepted portfolios will receive detailed instructions regarding submitting:
final high-resolution images for printing, headshot, candid images of them working in the studio with their instructor and an artist statement.

·   At least 3 - 4 pieces of artwork from each of the 32 accepted student portfolios will be chosen to be on exhibit. The images will be digitally printed and displayed at the Florida State Fair in the Florida Center Building during the 2024 Fair.

·   All students, parents and teachers will be invited to see the exhibit at the Florida State Fair grounds. Those attending will receive FREE admission tickets to the Fair for themselves and their family.

·  There will be 12 scholarships awarded by the Florida State Fair. Scholarship checks will be sent directly to the student by the end of March. The winners will be notified by email prior to the opening of the Fair by January 12.

For more information contact Brenda Gregory at 813-734-2810 OR
email brenda.gregory@earthlink.net OR 

Detailed instructions for using Juried Art Services are available at: https://www.juriedartservices.com/index.phpcontent=help:tutorial

Technical support is available at Juried Art Services: Email: support@jurying.net  

For Competition requirements, image preparation instructions, acceptance, notification and Exhibition requirements, click here. 



A special acknowledgement to Juried Art Services, 
for their support and sponsorship.