Youth Art Month 2017

March 5–April 2, 2017

Deadline to Enter: February 20, 2017

Please read carefully for new 2017 information. Email Jen Balge at with questions.


All art teachers in Sheboygan County are encouraged to submit works of art that represent their students’ highest creative achievements, and to select works of art that expand on the Arts Center exhibition theme THE ROAD LESS TRAVELED, which will focus on the Artist Environment Builders. The exhibition series features artists from the Arts Center’s collection, like Loy Bowlin, Mary Nohl, Albert Zahn, Eugene Von Bruchenhein, Levi Fisher Ames, David Butler, Nick Engelbert, Ernest Hupeden, Dr. Charles Smith, and Stella Waitzkin. 

Every school, regardless of size, is allowed to submit nine works of art. Schools where more than 300 students are enrolled in art classes are allowed to submit one additional piece for every 30 art students above 300. Each submission must be original, i.e. made entirely by the student, not a copy or a print, and must have been created in the 2016–2017 school year.

The Youth Art Month Committee reserves the right to omit works because of a lack of space, fragile condition, or other factors.


Inclusion of the theme of Artist Environment Builders is strongly encouraged. Two- and three-dimensional works may be submitted. The art educator should ensure that all submitted works of art be ready to hang or otherwise displayed. Two-dimensional works should be mounted for presentation on tag board or mat board with a border not exceeding three inches. Please mount securely to the board for presentation (no staples or tape, please). Please specify the top on each two-dimensional piece. All works in charcoal, pastels, or similar media should be sprayed with fixative prior to submission.

All three-dimensional works designed to hang (masks, for example) should have a hanging mechanism attached. Other three-dimensional works need not have bases; they will be shown on pedestals or shelves. No works with glitter please. Extra-large works must be pre-approved. Works submitted for this exhibition will be handled with the utmost care, but they cannot be insured by the John Michael Kohler Arts Center.

It is recommended that works have descriptive names, rather than “Untitled.”

The works must be mounted on tag board as described in the Submission Guidelines and must be included on the Label Information Sheet.

All artists will receive certificates of participation at the opening. Certificates for those not in attendance will be given to the teachers when the artwork is picked up at the close of the exhibition.

Unclaimed entries will become the sole property of the Arts Center on Saturday, April 8, and will be considered unrestricted gifts. They may be retained, sold, or disposed of, at the Arts Center’s discretion. Please pick up all works of art so that they can be treasured by the students and their families!


Each teacher submitting artworks must complete the enclosed Label Information Sheet by the deadline. Use the fillable PDF and type the labels – handwriting is often difficult to decipher. It is recommended that works have descriptive names, rather than “Untitled.”

Fill out one label for each work of art.

Print FOUR copies of the completed labels to be used for the following:

1. Cut and attach the corresponding label on the back of each work of art.

2. Turn in sheet(s) of completed labels with your labeled works of art during the scheduled delivery times- these are used for the gallery labels and student certificates. It is helpful if you also e-mail this sheet of labels to

3. Attach another set of the completed labels to the outside of the protective carrying container or portfolio.

4. Keep the last set of completed labels for your records.

The Label Information Sheet will be used to generate wall labels for all pieces in the show. Please be accurate and complete, including the art teacher’s full name and students’ grade. Please type this information. We regret that information arriving late cannot be included in the exhibition.

Email Jen Balge at with questions.