Competitions & Contests

CLIMATE CHANGE: 50 Craft and Contemporary Art Artworks by 25 and Under Artists

Entry Dates 2020-05-10T23:59:00 - 2020-05-01T00:00:00 35 Days Left


CLIMATE CHANGE: 50 Craft and Contemporary Artworks by 25 and Under Artists


 @ Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego 

June 13 - September 20, 2020

This year’s theme—Climate Change—invites you artists to explore climate change through art. 

During the past few hundred years, oil, gas, and coal have powered homes, cars and factories. These energy sources release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trapping heat that otherwise escapes. The added heat increases Earth’s temperature affecting patterns of ocean currents and global weather patterns. Submitted works should promote awareness, encourage dialogue, and inspire action around climate change. 

Mingei International Museum and the The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) bring together their signature youth art exhibitions to one venue. CLIMATE CHANGE: 50 Craft and Contemporary Artworks by 25 and Under Artists is a juried exhibition of work created by young artists from San Diego County. The exhibition’s focus, climate change, will convey young artists’  hope, fear, activism and action surrounding the changing planet through art forms. Artist work will be on display at MCASD from June 13, 2020 - September 20, 2020.


Artwork must be submitted under one of two categories: 

Mingei High School Craft

All work must be created by a current high school student using craft-based mediums; this includes but is not limited to clay, metal, jewelry, furniture design, glass, textiles, weaving, basketry, fashion design and craft-based mixed media
Work must have been completed during the 2019/20 school year

MCASD 25 and Under

Artist must be 25 and Under
MCASD welcomes works in diverse media including sculpture, painting, video, works on paper, installation and other materials that help support creative ideas


Each teacher submitting on behalf of students will be allowed to submit 20 works total to each category
Only one work per artist will be selected from each institution/category; however, up to 3 works may be submitted for consideration
25 works from each category will be chosen for up to 50 works total



All work must be submitted:

Through the exhibition's submission website on

Submission window opens April 1

2-3 clear photographs of each work must be submitted, giving a sense of the piece from different angles

Important Dates:

Submissions are due by the end of the day on May 10, 2020 

Selections will be finalized by  May 17, 2020

Selected works must be delivered to MCASD  May 28 - June 3, 2020

The opening reception will be on  June 13, 2020


High School Seniors (aged 16 - 19 years old)  who have been selected to display their art as part of the exhibition will have the opportunity to apply for the R. Stephen and Nancy D. Howard Scholarship for students who will be enrolling full-time in an accredited community college or four-year university. The scholarship will be awarded to two students who have shown a commitment to staying involved in the arts (regardless of their major).

Scholarship Timeline

The scholarship application can be downloaded from the Museum’s website on  April 3, 2020

Completed applications are due by  May 24, 2020

Questions? Direct them to Shannon Foley, Manager of Education: