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2020 Visual Arts

2020 Minnesota State Visual Arts Exhibition

The 2019 2020 exhibition highlights Judge's Choice Spotlight on the Arts winners from the statewide MSHSL Visual Art section festivals. The Judge's Choice winners are given the opportunity to display their work, discuss their artistic process, and celebrate their achievement in the Perpich Center for Arts Education.

Exhibition Date/Location:

May 16, 2020
Perpich Center for Arts Education

Drop off/Registration of Artwork:

May 16th, 2020 from 8AM - Noon
Once again this year the exhibition will be a one-day show with artwork delivery, set-up, and take-down all on May 16th. The two weekend set-up was not ideal for students and teachers from outside the metro as it required multiple days of travel or artwork being shipped and possibly damaged. All information regarding the winning artwork should have previously been sent to the MSHSL offices by the Sections. Contact Jason Nickleby (jnickleby@mshsl.org) or Amanda Johnson (arjohnson@mshsl.org) at the MSHSL if that has not already taken place.

Event Schedule:

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Viewing of Show
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Welcome/Panel Discussion-Presentation/Recognition Awards Ceremony
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Takedown of Artwork
Be sure to park in designated areas on the Perpich Center Campus
We are lucky to have the Perpich Center in our state and they have graciously offered to host the 2020 Exhibition.

Activity Administration:

Sections Begin: To be determined by Region Committe

Last Day to Hold Section Tournaments: To be determined by Region Committe

  • Judges for the Section Festivals are selected by the Region and/or Section Committee.
  • Visual Arts Judges must meet the following minimum qualifications:
    1. A minimum of three years post-degree teaching and/or experience as an artist/educator
    2. Possess a personality which will assure the giving of constructive criticism and encouragement to young artists; and
    3. Possess a vocabulary which will make it possible for her/him to record her/his impressions and suggestions clearly and concisely.
  • Preference should be given to judges who are registered and certified, and are listed in the MSHSL Judges Directory. Note: At this time having registered judges is not required.
  • If judges are high school or college educators, it is highly recommended that no more than two judges should be from the same school.
  • The use of secondary and/or post-secondary art educators as judges is most desirable. They will have an understanding of the educational relevancy of this festival as well as an understanding of the developmental, emotional, and motivational factors that go into making art at the high school level.
  • Having qualified judges is important to the integrity of the contests. It is getting harder and harder to get out of school to judge contests and Spring is such a busy time that sometimes contests need to be scheduled on weekdays. If it helps, we have a?letter of support?you could give your administration to participate in weekday contests.
Current Rules:
  • Current Rules and Policies are posted accessible from this page. See Rules and Policies link below.
  • If coaches have any questions regarding rules, selection placement, or other issues they are encouraged to contact the individuals listed.
Tournament Related Files

Section Tournaments
(B indicates a Bracket is available)
Sec. Date Site B
1A April 25, 2020 Century High School
Rochester, MN
2A April 15, 2020
April 22, 2020
Tri City United High School (N)
Blue Earth Area High School (S)
3AApril 28, 2021 Redwood Falls Community Center
4A April 18, 2020 Heritage Christian AcademyB
5A May 6, 2020 Kimball HS
6A North Half
April 21, 2020
Site -- New York Mills cultural center
6A South Half
March 31 2020
Fergus Fall CC
7A April 6, 2020 Barnum High School
8A (E) - Wed., March 18, 2020
(W) - Wed., April 8, 2020
(E) Mary Hanson - Fosston

(W) Greg Garmen - Crookston
1AA April 25, 2020 Century High School
2AAApril 24, 2020
Mankato East HS
3AA Do Not Sponsor
4AA 2020
April 11, 2020
Work Submission 8am-
12pm w/Judging 12:30-
4:30 pm

April 18, 2020
10am-Noon Workshop
Noon-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Conferring with
2pm-3pm Awards
3pm-4pm Takedown
Perpich Center
5AA 2020
April 11, 2020
Work Submission 8am-
12pm w/Judging 12:30-
4:30 pm

April 18, 2020
10am-Noon Workshop
Noon-1pm Lunch
1pm-2pm Conferring with
2pm-3pm Awards
3pm-4pm Takedown
Perpich Center
7AA April 17, 2020 Forest Lake
8AA Friday, April 23, 2021 Alexandria High School