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The All-State Art Symposium Mission

The annual All-State Art Symposium is dedicated to promoting and recognizing the creative talents of high school students from Georgia's school districts. The symposium's workshops, juried exhibition and other events provide high school students with cultural opportunities, develop advanced studio skills, and cultivate aesthetic appreciation while recognizing excellence in high school art education. Through the dynamic symposium, students, parents and teachers celebrate creativity and the symbiotic relationship of art and society.

Host: Columbus State University Department of Art
Sponsor: Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA)

Key Dates

Oct 22 - Online Submission Portal Opens

Dec 9 - Online Submission Portal Closes

Jan 22 - Registration Opens for Event and Workshops

Feb 10 - Registration Closes for Event and Workshops

Shipping Date

Feb 16- All Shipments Postmarked

Shipments postmarked after Feb 16, 2019 will not be accepted

Hand Delivery Dates

Feb 22 - 12–4 pm EST

Feb 23 - 12–4 pm EST

Feb 24 - 12–4 pm EST

All-State Art Symposium Dates

Mar 1- All-State Art Symposium


Artwork Submissions Policies and the Adjudication Process

Submission of artwork to the All-State Art Symposium is open to all high school students (public and private) studying with teachers who are current GAEA members.

  • For GAEA membership, teachers can join online now. GAEA membership automatically makes you a member of NAEA.
  • Online image submissions are completed through the Columbus State University submission portal.
  • High school art students compete at three adjudication levels: High School, District, and State.

Submissions: All submissions files must be named in the following format: [Student first initial and last name][Number of submission]- [High school initials]-[D and district number]

For example Jane Doe from Washington High School in District 2 would submit her two files as

**Any files not submitted in this format will be returned to sender for correction.**

High School Level:Each individual teacher may submit up to five pieces of artwork in any combination of students and in any media to the district level adjudication. Each school is restricted to no more than 20 individual artwork submissions, so teachers from the same school should coordinate submissions. Schools submitting more than 20 artwork will be required to resubmit.

District/Regional Level: Up to 33% of all artwork submitted by each district will be chosen by the district judge as “District Finalists” and will move to the state level adjudication.

State Level: All artwork selected as District Finalists will be eligible for consideration by the state judge to become “State Winners." State winners will be invited to exhibit their work at the 2018 All-State Art Symposium to be held at Columbus State University’s Corn Center for the Visual Arts on the beautiful RiverPark Campus.

Levels and Awards:
  • District Finalists advance to state level adjudication.
  • State Winners Students advance to the exhibition.
  • All EXHIBITING “State Winners” will be considered for awards by the state judge. Award winners and their teachers will be recognized at the Awards Ceremony during the All-State Art Symposium.

Submission, Notification and Exhibition

Teacher Level Adjudication and Submission: Instructions on how to enter artwork through the online submission site are available at the submission portal.

Artwork Submission Schedule: The online portal for uploading digital files of student artwork by high school teachers will be open Monday, October 23 and will close at 11:59pm on Friday, December 8. The deadline will not be extended or reopened for any reason

If you have questions or concerns about your submissions, please contact us at

Notification of Selected Works: All-State District Finalists will be notified through their teachers after District jurying. All-State Winners will be notified and invited for exhibition through their teachers after State jurying.

All-State Art Symposium Event

March 10, 2018
Corn Center for the Visual Arts
Columbus State University, RiverPark Campus
GPS: (not a mailing address) Corn Center 921 Front Avenue Columbus, GA

Please use the Corn Center for the Visual Arts Front Avenue entrance for all Symposium Events For driving directions, please see the Columbus State University RiverPark Campus Map

Symposium Schedule and Registration

Registration: Registration for the All-State Art Symposium begins on , January 22, 2018. All students, their teachers and families are cordially invited to attend.

After registration is complete, all teachers will be contacted with information about workshop selection and all paperwork required.

Symposium Schedule

All events at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts
March 10, 2018
9:00 am Welcome
9:30 - 11:30 pm Morning Workshops
11:30 - 1:00 pm Lunch on your own
1:00 - 1:30 pm Return from Lunch>
1:30 - 3:30 pm Afternoon Workshops
3:30 - 3:45 pm 15 Minute Break
3:45 - 5:00 pm Reception (Illges Gallery- Corn Center)
4:15 pm Awards Ceremony
5:00 pm Pick Up Artwork

For information about lodging please download

Artwork Shipping and Delivery

Feb 16: Shipment Postmarked.

Hand Delivery Instructions: : All artwork invited for exhibition may be hand delivered to Jon Lumpkin in The Corn Center at CSU’s RiverPark Campus (see address below) during the following days only:
921 Front Avenue
Columbus, GA 31901

February 22: 12 - 4pm
February 23: 12 - 4pm
February 24: 12 - 4pm

Shipping Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition must be shipped at your expense and include a return shipping label if you are not planning to pick up in person. All shipments MUST be postmarked no later than January 31, 2018.

Shipping Address:
All-State Art Symposium
Columbus State University
Department of Art
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907

Tel: 706-507-8300

Exhibition Dates: March 2 – March 10, 2018

Mar 2-10: Exhibition
Mar 6: Notify Award Winners
Mar 10: Exhibition and Awards Reception
Mar 10: Pickup work after exhibition
Mar 16: Return Shipment of Works
March 23: Upload Winners online

Gallery Hours of Operation: 12- 4 PM Tuesday- Saturday

Return of Artwork

Pick-up Instructions:
March 10, at 5:00pm after the reception at The Corn Center for the Visual Arts.
February 25, 1 – 4 pm (or) by appointment.

Email for Questions:

Artwork Return Shipping: Artwork will be return shipped ONLY if the original submission included a pre-paid shipping label from the USPS, UPS, or FedEx.


For any questions, please send an email to the address below. For fastest service, please type "All-State Question" in the subject field. Please allow up to 2 business days for a response.

For questions regarding adjudication and The Georgia Art Educators Association (GAEA):
Hope Steele, GAEA Representative

For fastest service, please type "All-State Question" in the subject field.

Guide to Districts and Counties

District 1: Northwest Georgia, West Metro, & West Georgia:
Bartow, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Coweta, Dade, Douglas, Floyd, Gordon, Haralson, Heard, Meriwether, Paulding, Polk, Troup, Walker

District 2: North Georgia & Pioneer District:
Banks, Cherokee, Dawson, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White, Whitfield

District 3: Metro-Atlanta:
Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, Gwinnett

District 4: Perimeter East & Northeast Georgia:
Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Madison, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rockdale, Walton

District 5: Griffin and Middle Georgia
Bibb, Butts, Clayton, Crawford, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Jones, Lamar, Monroe, Peach, Pike, Spalding, Twiggs

District 6: Oconee, Central River Savannah Area
Baldwin, Bulloch, Burke, Candler, Columbia, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Hancock, Jasper, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lincoln, McDuffie, Putnam, Richmond, Screven, Taliaferro, Warren, Washington, Wilkes, Wilkinson

District 7: Heart of Georgia, Central Coast, & Coastal Isles
Appling, Bleckley, Bryan, Chatham, Dodge, Effingham, Jeff Davis, Laurens, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Montgomery, Pulaski, Tattnall, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, Wheeler, Wilcox

District 8: Chattahoochee, Flint, East Flint & Southwest GA
Baker, Calhoun, Chattahoochee, Clay, Crisp, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Harris, Lee, Macon, Marion, Miller, Mitchell, Muscogee, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taylor, Terrell, Upson, Webster, Worth

District 9: Coastal Plains & Okeefenokee
Atkinson, Bacon, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brantley, Brooks, Camden, Charlton, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Decatur, Echols, Glynn, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lowndes, Pierce, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Ware


Georgia Districts



Jerushia Graham

Jerushia Graham

Photo by Neda Abghari

Jerushia Graham is currently the Museum Coordinator for the Robert C. Williams Museum of Papermaking. The Atlanta-based artist exhibits both nationally and internationally. She earned an MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and BFA degrees in Fabric Design and Printmaking from the University of Georgia in Athens. Graham was previously the Education Director for Atlanta Printmakers Studio as well as an arts professor for Kennesaw State University, the University of West Georgia, and the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur. She has developed arts programming for The Hudgens Center for Art & Learning, Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, The African American Museum of Philadelphia, the Fabric Workshop & Museum, Spiral Q Puppet Theater and many community arts centers. She’s also produced curatorial projects for the Zora Neale Hurston Museum in Eatonville, FL and The Hudgens Center for Art and Learning in Duluth, GA. Graham is interested in building collaborative arts experiences between the museum and other organizations.


Rachel Reese

Rachel Reese

Rachel Reese is Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Telfair Museums in Savannah, GA. She is a curator, arts writer, and independent publisher. Reese holds an MFA from City College New York and a BFA from the University of Georgia. Reese has held positions at Atlanta Contemporary, Fleisher/Ollman Gallery in Philadelphia; Deitch Projects, Petzel Gallery and Andrew Kreps Gallery in New York. As an arts writer, Reese was the former editor of BURNAWAY Magazine in Atlanta, and her writing and artist interviews appear in BOMB Daily, Temporary Art Review, TWELV Magazine, and ART PAPERS, among others. She has taught Critical Issues art courses at PAFA in Philadelphia and Georgia State University in Atlanta. At Telfair Museums since 2015, she has curated exhibitions with Nick Cave, William Wegman, Triple Candie, and a group exhibition titled Generation with Iraqi-Canadian artists Sawsan AlSaraf, Sundus Abdul Hadi and Tamara Abdul Hadi; Reese is opening 2018 exhibitions with Carrie Mae Weems, and Atlanta-based Paul Stephen Benjamin in January.


Teachers will receive all information and documentation pertaining to workshop registration from the Department of Art via email.

**Please note that an All-State Waiver and Participant Medical Release must be completed and signed in order to participate in All-State Art Symposium.**

Anyone under 18 MUST have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian.

Waivers must be hand delivered by each individual student during the check in process. They will be exchanged for name badges and workshop assignments. Waivers will no longer be accepted in a classroom/school packet format.

All workshops require pre-registration and are tentative based on the number of participants. Space is limited and available on a “first-come, first-serve” basis until the day of the All-State Art Symposium. Register early!

Workshops, Lectures, and Demonstrations

All-State Art Symposium Workshops are now set up and participants may register on a first-come-first serve basis. The workshops include printmaking, graphic design, book arts, metal working, installation art, art history, painting, and others. All participating teachers will receive an email link to the registration site and a required waiver form at the same time on February 1st. Properly signed waivers are required of ALL workshop participants. If you have any problems with using our workshop registration site, please let us know.

  PDF      The 2015 All State Art Symposium Catalog

2017 Winners

1st Place
Kashta Dozier- Muhammad, Teacher: Steve Schetski, Savannah Arts Academy, D7
2nd Place
Andrew Tan, Teacher: Hope Steele, Peachtree Ridge High School, D3
3rd Place
Savannah Lee, Teacher: Chris Vigardt, Brookwood High School, D3
4th Place
1. Nikki Villa, Teacher: Meagan Brooker, Wesleyan High School, D3
2. Cierra Fountain, Teacher: Sherri Adams, Chapel Hill High School, D1
3. Paul Ashley, Teacher: Elizabeth Debban, Brookwood High School, D3
4. Shahla Mack, Teacher: Steve Schetski, Savannah Arts Academy, D7

Honorable Mention
1. Jadah Peters, Teacher: Dallas Gilespe, North Gwinnett High School, D3
2. Ella Chang, Teacher: Amy Holland, S. Forsyth High School, D2
3. Drew Grier, Teacher: Loria Crews, Brookwood High School, D3
4. Olivia Frank, Teacher: Meagan Brooker, Wesleyan School, D3
5. Marenthia Harris, Teacher: Suzette Spinelli, Lassiter High School, D3
6. Shelby Ciraulo, Teacher: Holly Adams, Mill Creek High School, D3
7. Sami Boren, Teacher: Sondra Palmer, Harris County High School, D8
8. Sarah Sherrill, Teacher: Sondra Palmer, Harris County High School, D8
9. Jake Hayward, Teacher: Marea Haslett, Milton High School, D3
10. Catherine Croker, Teacher: Barbara Swanner, St. Francis High School, D3

Diana Gregory Award:
Anika Kablan, Teacher: Dawn Moore, Davidson Fine Arts, D6

2014 Winners

1st Place
Jonathan Salevao
Savannah Arts Academy
Teacher: Steve Schetski

Second Place
Hannah Tedder
Davidson Fine Arts
Teacher: Dawn Moore Wiggins

Third Place
Madison Moses
Davidson Fine Arts
Teacher: Dawn Moore Wiggins

Fourth Place
John Mitchell
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Chris Vigardt

Brittney Gallagher
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Chris Vigardt

Hayley Barden
"Under the Park"
Saint Francis High School
Teacher: Barb Swanner

Justin Castro
Lassiter High School
Teacher: Suzette Spinelli

Anna Brettschneider
"High Hopes"
Savannah Arts Academy
Teacher: Steve Schetski

Honorable Mention
Kevin Fuentes
"A Mountain Range Your Palm"
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Chris Vigardt

Edwin Lopez
Norcross High School
Teacher: Ashley Getz

Martha Weber
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Loria Crews

Alexandra Cook
Holy Spirit Prep
Teacher: Rochelle Rombalski

Sami Boren
"My Cock Moses"
Harris County High School
Teacher: Sondra Palmer

Meredith Bradley
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Chris Vigardt

Ellie Duffy
Savannah Arts Academy
Teacher: Steve Schetski

Christina Voss
Walton High School
Teacher: Kathleen Petka

Taylor Kim
Greater Atlanta Christian School
Teacher: Charlotte Elaine Adams

Shaquantus Kincaide
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Loria Crews

Diana Gregory Award
Mikalah Maury
"This Side Up"
Brookwood High School
Teacher: Marie Thomas


Two-Dimensional Instructions:

  • 2D artwork must have
    1. the Inventory Tag fixed to the back and
    2. the Gallery Tag clipped to the artwork.
  • 2D artwork should arrive properly packaged and labeled.
  • 2D artwork that is matted should be done in a neutral color, such as Black, White or Gray.
  • 2D artwork needs to be hanging ready. o All matted work must be backed. o All canvases must be wired. o All paintings/drawings on board or other large/bulky works must have wire attached, ready to hang.
  • Packing materials must have the School Packaging Tag attached and visible on the outside of the portfolio/box.
  • Framed artwork/photos should be ready to hang with wires.

Three-Dimensional Instructions:

  • All 3D artwork must have
    1. the Inventory Tag fixed to the work or attached via a string tag and
    2. the GalleryTag placed in a small envelope with the school name and assigned school number on the front of the envelope.
  • All 3D artwork should be properly boxed as if it were shipping by mail. Shipping materials must have the school Inventory Tag securely attached and visible on the outside of the box.


Important: All of the exhibition artwork must include a fully completed Exhibitors Label and Exhibitors Disclaimer.

Shipments postmarked after Feb 16, 2018 will not be accepted

Hand Delivery Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be hand delivered to the Corn Center during the following days and times:
Feb 22 - 12-4pm EST
Feb 23 - 12-4pm EST
Feb 24 - 12-4pm EST

Shipping Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be shipped pre-paid POSTMARKED no later than January 31, 2018.

Shipping Address:
All-State Art Symposium
Columbus State University
Department of Art
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
Tel: 706-507-8300