Drury University's 5th Annual Best of the Midwest High School Competitive Exhibition

Drury, an independent University grounded in the liberal arts tradition, is hosting a Midwest competitive exhibition to be shown at our Pool Art Center Gallery in Springfield, Missouri.


Professor Todd Lowery, Foundations of Design, Drawing, and Painting Professor
Professor Rebecca Miller, Photography and Arts Administration Professor, and Pool Art Center Gallery Director
Professor Matt Noblett, Graphic and Digital Design Professor
Dr. Tom Russo, Art History Professor and Associate Dean of International Programs
Professor Blaine Whisenhunt, Sculpture and Drawing Professor


Entry Deadline:
Notification of Accepted Works:
Accepted Works Received by: 
Pick Up and Return of Works:
Monday, October 5, 2020
Monday, October 12, 2020
Friday, October 20, 2020
November 6-25, 2020
December 1-11, 2020


Best of the Midwest High School Competitive Exhibition is open to all currently enrolled high school students in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Students may be in public, private or home school educational environments and currently sophomores, juniors or seniors. Parental or legal guardian permission is needed to exhibit student works.

Work Eligible

Up to 3 entries per artist in any medium and subject matter.
2-D works should be no larger than 3'x5' and must be framed and ready for display.
3-D works no larger than 3'x3'x3' and 50 lbs. Artists must be present for works requiring special installation.

At the discretion of the University, any works deemed unstable or dangerous to the public will not be accepted.

Method of Selection

The exhibition will be primarily selected from digital image files. Images should accurately represent the works entered. It is the intention of the gallery that all acceptances will be considered final. However, the gallery reserves the right to delete from the exhibition any artwork that does not conform to the entry specifications.  Please check your email for notification of any works not uploaded correctly.  Do not use .edu high school email addresses since spam filters may prevent us from contacting you. 

Delivery and Return of Accepted Works

All accepted works must be delivered to the gallery by October 30, 2020.

Shipped works should include a prepaid return shipping label or they will not be returned. After the close of the exhibition, works will be shipped back within four weeks and hand deliveries must be picked up within two weeks, or they will become property of the gallery. Upon notification of acceptance to the exhibition, further delivery instructions will be provided.


Awards will be chosen from original works. Best of show will receive an art and art history activity grant for students accepted to Drury University, which is $2000 towards Drury tuition and renewable up to four years by maintaining grant requirements. There is no entry fee for entering this exhibition.


The Pool Art Center Gallery will exercise professional care in handling all entries, but cannot assume liability for loss or damage, however caused, while works are in the gallery's possession or in transit. Accepted entries will be insured, while on exhibit, for the amount indicated on the Entry Form, subject to the standard policy provisions.


The Pool Art Center Gallery reserves the right to photograph and reproduce all artworks accepted for the exhibition regardless of copyright. Images may be used for exhibition brochures, educational, and/or publicity purposes only.


Please fill out the below entry form and include 1 image of each of the work you are entering. Digital images should be in .jpeg or PDF format. Entries may be made using the form below or emailed to

All entries must be received by October 5, 2020.

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