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Under the Sea



2nd Annual High School Art Competition - 2023

Open to all Santa Cruz County Middle and High School Students (grades 6-12) is hosting a regional art competition entitled Where the Sky Meets the Sea. This competition will celebrate young talent and is open to all middle school and high school students (grades 6-12) throughout all Santa Cruz County school districts. This includes all public and private schools as well as home schooled students.



We are accepting original artworks that reflect students’ personal exploration of Where the Sky Meets the Sea. Categories include:

Works on Paper, Painting, and 3-Dimensional work.

• Artists may submit only one entry for each category

• Artwork must be original (unique in concept and created directly by the student)

• Artwork should not exceed 4-feet by 4-feet in size and be made within the past 15 months



• Deadline for entry is May 20, 2023 (late or incomplete submissions will not be considered)
• Finalists will be announced by the end of May
• Curated artwork will be shown in June 2023 with an opening reception and award presentation, raffle and live music. Event space still to be determined. All Covid restrictions will be in place for the event.



• Entry to Flora and Fauna competition is FREE

• Students must submit a digital version of their artwork online here at

• Entries should include artwork title and size, along with a brief description of their work

• Submit artworks as a jpeg, png or gif digital file; note: there is a size limitation of 5MB 



Finalists will be awarded a variety of prizes.
High school students and middle school students will be judged separately.

• First Place (high school) - $250

• First Place (middle school) - $250

• Second Place (high school) - $125

• Second Place (middle school) - $125

• Third Place (high school) - $75

• Third Place (middle school) - $75

• “Best Of” categories will be awarded prizes, donated by our sponsors



Selections will be based on the following criteria: execution, uniqueness, and creativity. The selection committee are all local professional artists. Students may include participation in this competition on their resumes for scholarships and college applications.

Tobin Keller, Cabrillo College Art Department Faculty

Karen Ehlers, Artist and Teacher with an MFA from American University

Bill Gould, President and Principal Architect of Artik

Email any questions to or call 831-346-2650.


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"Great art picks up where nature ends."  -Marc Chagall

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