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.


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.

FALL 2016 PROMPT is Beautiful Day released by U2 in 2000. Students are tasked to create a work of art inspired by this song.

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.


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.

Joseph Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate from 2012-2014, created this poem which is the prompt for the 2015 Art Showcase competition. Students should use this poem as the inspiration for their submissions.

Brooks Brothers Shirts

Ten hours a day,
my mother hunched downtown
in Brooks Brothers tailor shop - fretting
cuffs and belt loops, pleats, vents,

On April 5, 2014 NCASA presented the Art Showcase State Finals hosted by Atkins A&T High School in Winston-Salem. Repeating as State Champions were Myers Park High School and Jay M Robinson Middle School of Charlotte. Myers Park was led by individual winners Kristen Heritage in Mixed Media and Sabrina Collias in Collage. Jay M Robinson earned first place in five of seven media and second place in the other two.

Complete team standings are shown below:


NCASA presented the State Finals of the Art Showcase Competition on May 4, 2013 at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center. Students created works in seven media types after receiving a prompt. Student winners were recognized in each media type and took home trophies and scores were combined to create a team score. Students from the top three schools took home medals and the top school took home the trophy.

Jay M Robinson Middle School dominated by winning six of the seven individual events. In the high school division, the top three high schools had equal scores and the tiebreaker of using the sixth-best score was used to determine first, second, and third place. Complete results are shown below: