Arts in Education

Student Arts Expo


March is Arts in Education Month at the Creative Arts Guild and the Guild’s 59th Annual Student Arts Expo is a big part of the celebration. All public, private, and home school students in Dalton/Whitfield County and Murray County are invited to exhibit.

General Guidelines:

Pre K – Grade 5  
Each school may submit 2-3 pieces per grade level.  One work per student.   

Grades 6 – 8  
Each school may send 2 pieces per grade level.  One work per student.      

All two-dimensional artworks  for Pre-K - 8 must be mounted on construction paper no larger than 20” x 24”.  We have a limited number of tables available for three dimensional artworks. All entries must have an identification tag which corresponds to the school’s inventory list.  (Linked Below)

Grades 9 – 12  
Each  school may enter work up to max of 12 entries; 2-4 per grade level, one per student.     

All two-dimensional  artworks  must be securely mounted on mat board and must be able to be installed by push pins or  placed  on  an easel provided by the school. All framed artwork must be wired for hanging  or placed on an easel provided by the school.  Please contact Amanda Walker regarding oversized work perameters. 

All teachers are responsible for hanging their own work. The Spigel winner is responsible for installing their exhibit under the supervision of the Arts in Education and Executive Directors.  In order to preserve our walls please bring work that can be secured with push pins (supplied by the Creative Arts Guild).  Framed pieces should be displayed on easels or be appropriately wired for hanging. The Guild has a limited number of easels; if your students need an easel for display, plan to provide your own. All art work must be tagged on the front of the work and listed on the inventory sheet.   

Please have the identification tags and inventory sheet(s) completed  prior  to bringing art work to the Creative Arts Guild.   Inventory sheets must be provided for each school by grade level,  including ART TOGETHER  entries.  An inventory form must be completed for each  Bernice Spigel Scholarship artist.  

First, second, third place ribbons will be awarded in each grade level. Awards are made based on the student’s ability to use the materials, an understanding of art history or the student’s place in his/her world and innovative individual expression.  At least one judge from outside the local education arena will make the selections.  

Art Together Collaborative Classroom Competition Guidelines:

The Creative Arts Guild and O.N. Jonas Foundation sponsor an arts competition for collaborative classroom projects. The winning classroom in each division will receive a $100 award to be used for an artist in residence fee, art supplies or other classroom art activity resources during the school year.    

Each school may submit up to one entry per grade group.       

Categories:  Grades Pre K - 2; Grades 3 - 5; Grades 6 - 8; Grades 9 -12  

Artwork is displayed as part of Student Arts EXPO.  Please ensure that the artwork and subject matter are appropriate for children pre-school age and up. Entries may be two or three dimensional.  All entries must include the appropriate hanging material and signage denoting title, school, grade level, and teacher’s name.  Entry forms must include students’ names, school, grade level and teacher’s name. Each school is responsible for delivery, installation, and pick-up of entries at the Creative Arts Guild in accordance with the timeline included for the regular art exhibit.  Each winning classroom in the above categories will receive a $100 award.

Guidelines and Forms

Student Arts Expo Info Packet

Bernice Spigel Prize Info Packet

Artwork Identification Tags

Artwork Inventory Sheet


Important Dates:

Spigel Prize In The Visual Arts Senior Portfolios Due For Judging: Tuesday, February 10
Additional Spigel Prize dates listed in Award Guidelines
Install - All Grades Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2
Gallery Opening & Reception

Friday, March 4, 5:30 - 7:00pm
Free and Open to All

Exhibit Dates March 4 - March 25
Our Galleries are open during our normal operating hours or by appointment. Please contact Amanda Walker to arrange field trips or other special viewings.
Collaborative Art Pick Up

Monday, March 28 - Wednesday, March 30
All Work Must Be Picked Up By Wednesday, March 30 at 5 pm