Art Showcase

 Art Showcase is a competition that recognizes both the best individual artists and best art programs in North Carolina schools. An unlimited number of students in each school may participate in the school-level competition. Students are presented with a prompt and given about one month to create their submission. Media categories include painting, drawing, collage, photography, and other creative efforts. Electronic copies of submissions are sent to NCASA and forwarded to judges. Submissions from top teams and students from each category advance to the State Finals and are evaluated by judges in a live exhibition.



State Champion Painting by Claire Shi of Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte

The State Finals of Art Showcase were held February 17 at Durham School of the Arts. 33 schools showed their works. Final results are shown below.

Best in Show by R Hutcheson of Ligon Middle School of Raleigh

The State Finals of Art Showcase were held December 3 at Hillside High School of Durham. 25 schools showed their works. Final results are shown below.


Shown below are the results from the 2018 Art Showcase Regionals. All schools listed below advanced to the February 17 State Final hosted by Durham School of the Arts.

The FALL 2018 PROMPT is 

Selfie: No Filter

NEW in 2018 - students will receive a rubric from the judges to provide additional feedback for their work.

The Art Showcase pits artists of different media from different schools in a judged competition that awards both individual and group prizes. Media categories are shown below. Students create their artwork and enter the competition by submitting digital images of their work. Top students' works from each category progress to the statewide competition and are evaluated by judges in-person.

Media Categories:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Print Making
  • Mixed Media
  • Collage
  • Computer Generated Art
  • Photography
  • Sculpture

Competition Rules

Visit the Art Showcase section of our site.


Advancement - All schools are divided into Regionals according to the first letter of your code. E = East, C = Central, W = West. Schools may be moved to a different Regional to balance the number of competing schools in each Regional. The top four teams in each Regional will advance to the State Final. The top individual submission in each category will also advance to the State Final even if their team does not advance. Judges will score and compare submissions only against other submissions from their own Region.

Scoring - Judges will review the submissions for quality, creativity, and adherence to the prompt and give each submission a score of 1-5 with 5 being the highest score and 1 being the lowest score. A maximum of two 5's will be awarded in each Region. Each other score (1, 2, 3, 4) must be awarded at least once.

NCASA presented the 4th Annual Art Showcase on December 5th.  Artworks from over 150 students were exhibited, and with an impressive showing, we are happy to announce the individual winners in eight media, overall team winners, as well as best in show for both middle schools and high schools.