Museum of Science and Industry

Youth Category: Guidelines

The Call for Entries in the 2016 Juried Art Exhibition youth category is now closed.

Thank you to all who submitted entries. Notifications will go out in early December. If you have any questions, please contact Sebrina Williams at sebrina.williams(at)

Media Categories

Architecture & Design • Ceramics • Digital Art • Drawing • Mixed Media • Painting • Photography & Video • Print Media • Sculpture • Textiles

Awards (Youth Category)

All submissions are reviewed by the panel of jurors who will select both the displayed works and winning entries. All artists whose work(s) are featured in the 2016 Juried Art Exhibition will receive a certificate of recognition.

First Place: $250
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $150


Entry fees are waived for youth entrants.

Eligibility (Youth Category)

All African-American artists between the ages of 14 and 17 are eligible to enter the Youth Category. Each artist may submit up to four works for consideration. Work must have been completed in the past three years and not have been selected for any previous MSI Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition.

Do you know a talented adult artist? African-American artists over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in the Adult Category.

Submission Guidelines

  • A maximum of four works can be submitted by an individual for consideration.
  • Each submission must have a different title. MSI will not accept any "Untitled" artwork.
  • A dollar value and for sale status for each submission must be included on the entry form. Entries without this information will be returned.
  • Do not submit actual artwork. Submit images of artwork digitally in JPEG format. An overall view of each piece is required; a detailed view is also beneficial.
  • Images should be no larger than 1000 pixels x 1000 pixels with a resolution of 100 ppi. They should accurately reflect the color and detail of each piece.
  • Please label each image with the artwork title and artist’s name, e.g. Freebird_Andre Smith.jpg. Each file name must correspond with the artwork title listed on the entry form.
  • Do not submit more than two images for each piece of artwork (a maximum of eight images).
  • MSI reserves the right to refuse any artwork accepted for the exhibition that is not adequately represented by your digital submission.


Accepted Works

MSI will not accept works that are not ready for hanging or suitable for final installation. Drawings, paintings, photography and prints must be framed under Plexiglas or glass and wired for hanging. All accepted artwork must be delivered to MSI between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CST) on January 8 and 9, 2016. The artist is responsible for the cost of crating, shipping and delivery to MSI. Sculptures and other fragile works should be delivered in person or shipped with special handling instructions. MSI does not accept artwork shipped in cardboard boxes or nailed crates; work arriving in these containers will be returned unopened at the artist’s expense. Shipped work must be sent in prepaid wooden crates screwed together suitable for return. At the close of the exhibition, shipped work will be returned and insured at MSI’s expense. MSI will not be responsible for damage, delay or loss in shipping; the only recourse will be against the shipping company or insurer. Work delivered in person must be picked up in person between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CST) on February 26 and February 27, 2016. MSI will not store or be responsible for artwork not retrieved by these dates. Submission of entry form indicates acceptance of these conditions.

Both the Museum of Science and Industry and the Black Creativity program disclaim any responsibility for any offer, purchase, sale or any other transaction between guests to the Juried Art Exhibition and artists featuring works in the exhibition. In no event shall the Museum of Science and Industry or the Black Creativity program be liable for damages (whether special, incidental, consequential or otherwise) with respect to any such transaction.

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important dates: youth category

  • November 16, 2015
  • Submission deadline, no exceptions.

  • December 4, 2015
  • Jury notices mailed to artists of accepted work(s).

  • January 8 and 9, 2016
  • Accepted artwork delivered to MSI.

  • January 18, 2016
  • Juried Art Exhibition opens to the the public.

  • February 10, 2016
  • Artists' reception and awards ceremony.

  • February 21, 2016
  • Final day of Juried Art Exhibition.

  • February 26 and 27, 2016
  • Artwork must be picked up from MSI.

Honoring Black Creativity

  • The Black Creativity plaque, crafted in bronze by famed sculptor Preston Jackson, honors the achievements of African Americans in the arts and sciences. On permanent display at MSI.
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