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1. How can this year’s theme be interpreted?

The interpretation of the theme of animals is up to you! Our jurors select works based on quality, theme, originality, and artist statement.
Some ideas for interpreting the theme include:

  • Personal: What do animals mean to you? How are your pets important to you?

  • Social/Cultural: How are animals important to your community? Where do you see animals every day? What are animals used for in your culture?

  • Imaginative: If you were an animal, which would you be? Why? Invent an animal: what qualities and characteristics does it have? What kinds of imaginary stories would you tell about animals?

2. What is an artist statement?

An artist statement is a brief written description (2-4 sentences) of an artwork written by the artist. A great artist statement explains what is going on in the artwork and how it is important to the artist. Personal stories and meanings make for strong artist statements. For MOPA's exhibition, artist statements must be under 100 words
See below for e
xamples of artist statements from artwork accepted into the 2015 Youth Exhibition: Self/Reflection.


   Rebecca Chitlik, A Shadow, Digital Photograph, 14 years old, Westview High School

   I always feel like I'm stuck in my sister's shadow. Not just because of our almost identical looks but    
   because of her success. I now know that I'm not stuck in her shadow, I'm just following in her
   successful footsteps.  



   Julii Lewis, Julii’s Universe, Digital Photograph, 6 years old, Zamorano Fine Arts Academy

   I Love the universe!
   I Love the universe! 
   I Love the universe because it inspires me!
   I hope you like my universe!

3. What is the selection process for the exhibition?

A panel of jurors (professional adults in the fields of art, education, government, etc.) will select final works to be exhibited on the basis of quality, theme, originality, and artist statement. Jurors will view and rate each artwork on the submissions website.
If you have a non-digital photo, see 
"6. How do I represent my non-digital artwork well" for tips on how to photograph your artwork to make it look great.

4. How do I resize my photos to meet the file size requirements?

  1. Select the photo you want to resize. Right click the file and select the option "resize pictures"
  2. Choose small, medium, or large
  3. OR click the "advanced" tab to set specific dimensions.
    • Change the size of the longest side of your photograph to be between 2400 px - 4800 px
    • Keep the resolution between 72 - 300

MAC USERS: Resizing in Preview*

*Preview will not give you the option to keep the original file. Make a duplicate copy of the photo before following the steps below in order to keep your original file.
1. Open the photo in Preview
2. Click "Tools" then "Adjust Size" in the menu bar
3. Enter desired dimensions. Select "fit into: custom" and set the width and height measurement to "pixels"
  • Change the size of the longest side of your photograph to be between 2400 px - 4800 px
  • Keep the resolution between 72 - 300
4. The "resulting size" will be shown on the bottom, be sure it is 25MB or less
5. Click "ok" and close the window to save your new file automatically

  1. Use an app, such as ResizeIt, or online platform, such as picresize, to resize your photos.
  2. Photo software such as Photoshop also offers options for resizing photos. Select "Image" then "Image Size." The steps are similar to resizing in Preview on a Mac. 

5. How do I upload a video to Vimeo for my submission?

1. Create or log into Vimeo account at
2. Click "upload a video" button on upper right side of page
3. Select and upload your video
4. Once your video uploads, view the video on your page and click "Settings > Privacy > What can people do with this video?" 
5. Select "Download the video" so we can access your video to display it in the museum. The other privacy settings are up to you!

6. How do I represent my non-digital artwork well?

View this video or this article for detailed tips on photographing mixed media, collages, and other non-digital photographic artworks.
  • Use natural lighting (no flash)
  • ​Tilt your camera to match the angle of the artwork
  • Hold still (or use a tripod!)
  • Use a plain background (a white wall is usually best), fill the frame with your artwork (only show a sliver of background)

7. How will I be notified if my artwork is accepted to the exhibition?

All registered users will be notified by email of accepted artworks. It is important that you provide accurate contact info so that we can contact you regarding your submission. Add to your contacts and double check your spam folder to be sure you receive our emails.

8. Will I be notified if my artwork is not accepted?

Yes. All registered users will be notified by email of artwork that is not accepted into the exhibition. We encourage you to submit again next year if you are not accepted this year!

9. Will the students get their artwork back?

Students with artwork displayed in the Youth Exhibition will have the opportunity to pick up their artwork after the closing of the exhibition*. The Museum will send early notification of specific pick up dates via email to all participants. Every effort will be made to schedule an accommodating variety of dates.

After the final pick up date has passed, the Museum will dispose of any remaining artwork or it may become property of the Museum. 

  • Digital photographs that were submitted online and exhibited will be returned to students printed and in a mat

  • Other photographic artwork originals that were exhibited will also be returned

*Occasionally MOPA has the opportunity to extend the exhibition in the community. We will contact all participants in the case that the exhibition gets extended and artwork return is delayed.

10. How will participating artists be recognized?

Students artists accepted into the Youth Exhibition will be invited to a special opening reception for the exhibition. Students will also be offered an opportunity to attend the Day with the Director where the student and their loved ones will receive a personalized tour of the youth exhibition and an opportunity to ask questions and have discussions with the Executive Director of MOPA.

Student artists will also be offered free admission to MOPA to visit the exhibition with their friends and family.