Competitions & Contests

2020 Young Tennessee Artists

Entry Dates 2020-06-02T23:59:00 - 2020-02-01T00:00:00 55 Days Left



2020 Young Tennessee Artists: Selections from Advanced Studio Art Programs 

This exhibition will be on view from October 9, 2020, through February 7, 2021, in the Conte Community Arts Gallery at the Frist Art Museum in downtown Nashville. We invite high school students participating in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2019–2020 school year to submit artwork for consideration. See below for the timeline and other details.

Students, we look forward to reviewing your submissions this spring. 

Teachers, thank you for your assistance, your continual encouragement of our amazing youth, and your support of this exhibition. 

Questions? Contact Shaun Giles at


Monday, February 3, 2020             
Submission period opens at

Friday, May 15, 2020                     
Submission period closes

Friday, May 29, 2020                       
Submissions juried

Monday, June 15, 2020                      
Selected artists notified via email

Monday, June 22–Friday, July 24, 2020                     
Artists deliver their works to the Frist Art Museum.

Friday, October 9, 2020                  
Exhibition opens

Saturday, December 19, 2020         
Artists’ reception (invitation only)

Sunday, February 7, 2021           
Exhibition closes

Dates subject to change without notice.


About the Frist: Located in Nashville, the Frist Art Museum is a nonprofit art museum, with approximately 24,000 square feet of gallery space. It presents the finest visual art from local, state, and regional artists, as well as major U.S. and international exhibitions.
About the Conte Community Arts Gallery: While the Frist brings art from all over the world to Nashville, the Conte Community Arts Gallery is dedicated to our mission of finding and making connections with local artists. The 2020 Young Tennessee Artists exhibition will be displayed in this space, which is the major entryway into the museum.
About 2020 Young Tennessee Artists: This exhibition is the eighth biennial presentation of two-dimensional artwork created by high school students in AP and IB studio art programs throughout Tennessee during the 2019–2020 academic year. A panel of university educators, artists, and curators will select 30–35 works for the exhibition. The Frist will mat and frame all works selected for display, and the framed works will be returned after the exhibition closes. Selected artists, their families, and their teachers will be invited to a reception in December to celebrate the exhibition.

Terms & Conditions

Eligibility: High school students currently enrolled in a certified College Board AP or IB studio art program (i.e., during the 2019–2020 academic year) may submit artworks for consideration for this exhibition. If a student’s participation in an AP or IB program cannot be verified, the student’s submissions will be disqualified. All works must have been completed for an AP or IB studio art portfolio during the 2019–2020 academic year, and the maximum physical size of each work (including the frame or other support) is 24 x 36 inches.

2020 Young Tennessee Artists will feature only two-dimensional artworks because of the exhibition space. Short films (10 minutes or less in length) are eligible. No three-dimensional works will be considered for inclusion.
Submission process: Students must submit their work between February 3 and May 15, 2020 (no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT, when the online system will close). There is no submission fee. Students may submit up to 10 artworks (including films of up to 10 minutes in length). Each submission must be under 25MB. A confirmation email will be sent upon receipt of each submission. By submitting work for consideration, the student artist warrants and represents to the Frist Art Museum that the work is an original creation of the artist and does not infringe upon a third party’s copyright or other intellectual property or other rights. 

Contact Shaun Giles at if your digital media files cannot be reduced in size to meet these requirements.

Permissions granted to the Frist Art Museum: By submitting artwork for consideration, the student artist grants the Frist Art Museum permission to frame and display any of their works selected for the exhibition. The student certifies that they own the copyright to their work, and they are entitled to license the rights herein on a nonexclusive and gratis basis to the museum. The student grants permission for any of their exhibition artwork to be photographed by the public for personal use and to be photographed, filmed, or telecast for promotional and documentation purposes by the museum or the media while on display. The student grants the museum permission to use any submitted materials in its promotional and educational efforts in support of this exhibition, including but not limited to release of images and media files to the press for editorial review, publication on the Frist's website and social media pages (at 72 ppi), promotional and marketing endeavors of the museum, publication in print and digital formats in support of the exhibition in components like the exhibition gallery guide or invitation, and any other noncommercial use. The student also understands that the museum will make an effort to include a credit line acknowledging the artist and their work whenever the work is published but that space and other factors are sometimes constraints to this recognition.

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