The North Carolina General Assembly Youth Art Exhibit is cosponsored by the North Carolina Art Education Association and North Carolina General Assembly.  The purpose of the exhibit is to share with our legislators and the public the exceptional creative ability of North Carolina’s students.

Selected artworks will be displayed in the north lobby of the Legislative Building for a year-long exhibit! Students, parents, teachers, and principals will be invited to attend an opening reception with members of the General Assembly at the Legislative Building!

March or May: Reception with Legislators

*Dates change year to year depending on general Assembly sessions schedule.


Reception Time TBD, March 26, 2019

End of Show:  Artwork returned Via USPS to art teachers or mailed to students home address.

Selection Process:

Each region will host an art show for both NCAEA members work and one of their student’s pieces to be considered for display at the Legislative building in the General Assembly Show.

Two of the pieces from this show shall travel to our state conference to be on display with the selections from all regions in the state.  There will be 16 pieces total.

These pieces will then travel to Raleigh to hang in the Legislative Building for a year long show.

*Dates change year to year depending on general Assembly sessions schedule.


1.  One (1) artwork may be submitted per art teacher (NCAEA member) for consideration.  The two representing pieces are to be chosen at a regional show. 

2.Entries to be presented at Regional Show requirements:

∙2D work only            *The GA show is limited to 2 D work.  Regional shows, however, should not discourage 3D work from being shown Regionally.

∙Original art must be 16” X 20” or SMALLER if matted (work is going into 16” x 20” frames)

∙Open media

∙Appropriate content (no images that could be offensive to others)

∙Entry form below must be completed and attached to the back of the art. The google form must also be filled in online.

3.  Two pieces will be chosen from each region and sent to the NCAEA PDC Conference in the fall. The students will be recognized at the awards ceremony at conference.

Note:  Artwork chosen spring 2019 for 2020 show will not be returned until Spring/Summer 2021.

**If artwork does not meet any of the above requirements it will not be included in the show**

Questions? Please contact generalassemblyart@ncaea.org

This exhibit is open to active NCAEA members only.

Click or tap here to join or renew your membership.

NC General Assembly Art Exhibit Submission Form

exhibit: Scholastic Art Awards: 

During Dec and Jan each year 7-12 grade art teachers may submit their students’ work for submission to Scholastic.  

State Gold Key winners can compete nationally for scholarships. We are fortunate to have three regions in North Carolina. Here are your contact for each region:

Western Region: Erin Shope, Asheville Art Museum- eshope@ashevilleart.org

Mid Carolina Region: Cheryl Maney, Charlotte- Mecklenburg Schools – Cheryl.maney@cms.k12.nc.us

Eastern-Central Region: Mark Gordon, Barton College – mgordon@barton.edu


Join the world's largest kids' art museum and showcase your students' work online. Artsonia provides free gallery services and give your students' family and friends a way to see their art. And as a bonus, they offer an online Gift Shop that enables family and friends to purchase everything from mugs to t-shirts printed with student artwork.

Artsonia can also be used as a school fundraiser. If you are a US school you currently can earn 20% of the order revenue from parents. For example, if a parent orders $100 in merchandise with their child's artwork on it, you get $20 for your arts program. 

Throughout the year, teachers can request a payout of their funds in the form of a check, Artsonia Gift Certificate or Dick Blick Art Materials Gift Certificate. Fundraising requests can be completed through a teacher's secured login section. Learn more.

ONLINE exhibit: Other online gallery resources

For a variety of online gallery opportunities check out The Incredible Art Department website for a great list of student exhibition links. 

event: The empty Bowls Project


Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. 

The promotion and growth of the project is managed by The Imagine/RENDER Group, a 501(c)3 organization. However, each community’s events are self developed and independent. “Empty Bowls” now supports food related charities around the world and has raised millions of dollars to aid in the fight against hunger.

“Empty Bowls” allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls, then serve a simple meal. Guests choose a bowl to use that day and to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. In exchange for the meal, and the bowl, guests contribute a suggested minimum donation. One hundred percent of each meal's proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations, such as food banks or soup kitchens, or to national or international charitable groups.


EVENT: pinwheels for peace


Imagine…  millions of pinwheels spinning in the wind – pinwheels in the United States, Great Britain, South America, Australia, the Middle East, Canada,  Africa, Europe and Asia;  pinwheels all over the world! – big pinwheels, small pinwheels;  pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – colorful pinwheels, decorated with drawings, paintings, collages, photographs– pinwheels with words of peace and harmony written on them – fields of pinwheels, pinwheels along roadsides, in schoolyards, in parks, pinwheels EVERYWHERE!  

This is the Pinwheels for Peace project!

Please join us every year on International Day of Peace, September 21st, as we create a visual public statement about peace!