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Department of Art

All-State Art Symposium

Key Dates

Monday Nov. 7 Online submission Portal Opens

Friday Dec. 9* Online submission portal closes 

Monday Jan. 16 2017 Registration for both events opens

Friday/ Saturday Feb. 24 and 25 All State and NAHS exhibition and workshops

* Extended Deadline

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)

Congratulations to all the award winners of the 2017 All State Art Symposium Exhibition

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 
5. Isaiah Smith, Teacher: Julie Lord, Coffee High School, D9 

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

Artwork Submissions Policies and Adjudication Process

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

High School Level: Up to two artworks per student in any media may be selected and submitted to the district level adjudication by each high school teacher. Each teacher may submit up to 20 works total.

District/Regional Level: Up to 33% of all artworks 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 artworks 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 2017 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 on November 7th and will close at 11:59 PM on December 9th.

  • Columbus State University submission portal

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

February 24th, 2017
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 16th. All students, their teachers and families are cordially invited to attend.

After registering, your teacher will be contacted with the information for workshop selection and the participation waiver.

Symposium Schedule

All events at the Corn Center for the Visual Arts
Friday, February 24, 2017
9:00 am Welcome
9:30 - 12:00 pm Morning Workshops
12:00 - 1:30 pm Complimentary pizza or lunch on your own
1:30 - 3:00 pm Afternoon Workshops
3:00 - 4:30 pm Reception Starts (Illges Gallery)
3:45 pm Awards Ceremony
4:30 pm Pick up work
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 pm Corn Center All-State and NAHS Social

For information about lodging please download

Artwork Shipping and Delivery

Please also review and print the "Shipping/Delivery Instructions and Standards for Presentation."

January 25: Shipment postmarked

Hand Delivery Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be hand delivered to the Corn Center during the following days and times:

January 26: 12 – 6 pm, Thursday
January 27: 12 – 4 pm, Friday
January 28: 12 – 4 pm, Saturday

Shipping Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be shipped pre-paid POSTMARKED no later than Wednesday, January 27.

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

Tel: 706-507-8301

Exhibition Dates: February 16 - February 24

February 16 - 24: Exhibition
February 20: Notify Award Winners
February 24: Exhibition and Awards Reception
February 24: Pickup work after exhibition
February 27: Shipment of works
March 1: Upload Winners online

Gallery Hours of Operation TBA

Return of Artwork

Pick-up Instructions:
February 24 at 4:30 pm, after reception, Corn Center for the Visual Arts.
February 25, 1 – 4 pm (or) by appointment.
Please contact: Hannah Israel at

Artwork Return Shipping: Artwork will be return shipped ONLY if UPS or Fed-Ex pre-paid postage and address labels are provided.


Online entry submissions and website:

Symposium event registration, schedule, and exhibition:

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



Jonathan Frederick Walz

Director of Curatorial Affairs & Curator of American Art, The Columbus Museum, Columbus, GA

Jonathan Frederick Walz is an expert on American modernism. He received a B.A. magna cum laude in studio art and French language and literature from Asbury College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park. The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center; the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; and the University of Maryland College of Art and Humanities provided fellowships in support of his dissertation on the Stieglitz circle and their engagement with unconventional portrait strategies. He has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park; The Catholic University of America; Rollins College; and Nebraska Wesleyan University. Previously he has served in curatorial roles at the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park; the Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.

Walz has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions, including Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery (David C. Driskell Center); Florida’s “Useable Past”: The Sunshine State and the Index of American Design (Cornell Fine Arts Museum); Land of Enchantment: New Mexico as Cultural Crossroads (Sheldon Museum of Art); The Unfolding Center: Susan York and Arthur Sze (Sheldon Museum of Art; supported by Lannan Foundation); and This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today (Bowdoin College Museum of Art; supported by the The Henry Luce Foundation).

Walz currently serves on the College Art Association Professional Practices Committee. For his activism on behalf of diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism, he has received the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Chancellor’s Outstanding Contributions to the GLBT Community Award (2015) and the Rollins College President’s Award for Diversity and Inclusion (2012).


Dennis Harper

In addition to working as an artist, Dennis Harper is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University. Formerly Curator of Exhibitions at the Georgia Museum of Art, Harper served as curatorial advisor for Georgia for the National Museum of Women in the Arts From the States exhibition in 2003 and was a founding board member and past vice president of ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art.

Recent curatorial projects include the exhibitions Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy; Facing South: Portraits of Southern Artists by Jerry Siegel; Bacon Level, Hickory Flat, and the Illustrious Potteries of Randolph and Chambers Counties, Alabama; As Above, So Below: Recent Works by Scherer & Ouporov; Weaving His Art on Golden Looms: Paintings and Drawings by Art Rosenbaum; and A Sinner’s Progress: The Artists Books of David Sandlin, and essays for Coming Home: American Paintings 1930–1950 from the Schoen Collection. A native of Alabama, Harper has held previous positions at Wildenstein and Co., New York, and the Visual Arts Gallery of the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Harper’s art has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe, and discussed or reproduced in American Artist, Art New England, Art Papers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, New American Paintings, New York Times, Oxford American, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications. He has taught studio classes at Auburn University, University of Georgia (Athens campus and Cortona, Italy), and led workshops on egg tempera painting, fresco, and gilding.


Your teacher will receive the information about workshop sign-up by the Department of Art.

All workshops require pre-registration and are tentative based on the total number of participants. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis until the day of the symposium, so register early. All district finalists, state winners, and teachers are invited to register.

*A waiver of liability must be completed and signed in order to participate in the hands-on workshops. Anyone under 18 must have the waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. Waivers may be emailed, faxed, or hand delivered before the workshop.

Featured Workshops for 2016: Installation Art; Cyanotype Photography; Ceramics; Video Art

Visit this page often to see details of each workshop.

All State Art Symposium

Workshops, Lectures, and Demonstrations
Date: February 24, Friday - 9:30 am – 3:00 pm

Recommendation: Prepare to get messy. Please wear clothes that you don’t mind getting paint, clay, ink, etc.

Workshops for Friday February 24th, 2017 are listed below. Please remember workshops are first come first serve and be sure to designate which workshops you‘re students would like to attend on the All-State Art Symposium registration form.

Getting Messy on the Wheels

Professor Yuichiro Komatsu

This is a Hands-on workshop where students will be introduced to the basic wheel throwing techniques such as centering, and making cylinders and bowls. Also, Japanese wedging and other forming techniques will be covered. No previous experience with clay is required.
Time: 1:30 -3 p.m. 2/24/17
Location: Corn Center Ceramics Studio
Capacity: 12

Hands-on Workshop: Printmaking

Professor Elizabeth Roberts McFalls

This workshop will introduce students to the process of printmaking using polyester plate lithography.
Time: 9:30 – 12:00 pm on Friday 2/24/17
Location: Corn Center 167
Capacity: 15

The Moving Still Life

Dr. Bret Lefler

This workshop will introduce students to basic abstraction techniques used by artists like Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp
Time: 1:30-3:00 pm 2/24/17
Location: Corn Center – Drawing studio
Capacity: 15

Stretcher Building 101

Dr. Bret Lefler

This workshop will introduce students to basic stretcher building techniques used in college level painting classes.
Time: 9:30 -12 p.m
Location: Corn Center – Woodshop
Capacity: 15


Derek Mills

Location: Corn Center Printmaking lab
Time:1-3:30 pm
Capacity: 10

Design Thinking: Artist‘s Books

Prof. Joe Sanders

This bookmaking workshop will focus on creating a one-of-a-kind bound chapbook. Collage and visual storytelling will be discussed and students will be introduced to various artists using the book form as a vehicle for expression.
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 PM
Location: Seaboard Depot / room TBA
Capacity: 10

Workshop/Art History lecture:

Title: The Age of Light and Shadow: The Art and Architecture of Baroque Europe

It was an age of like none other, filled with passion, piety, heroism, humility, grandeur, and serenity. Never has an age been filled with so many brilliant artists, artists like Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Velasquez, Caravaggio, and Bernini--especially Bernini! This lecture will examine the art and architecture created in Italy, Spain, Flanders, and Holland during the Baroque era to determine how these contrasting thoughts and beliefs found expression in the works of the greatest artists of the age.
Capacity: 20-25 students

Intro to metal working

Prof. Mike Mcfalls

This workshop is an introduction to the useful and versatile skills needed to begin working with steel. You will learn an introduction to MIG welding, plasma cutting, metal bending, drilling, and finishing techniques as well as the proper safety precautions.
Time: 9:30 – 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Painting Studio/ Crit. Space 1
Capacity: 12 students

Renaissance Oil Painting Techniques

Prof. Orion Wertz

This will be a demonstration on renaissance techniques for rendering with oil paint.
9:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Sculpture Lab
Capacity: 20 students

Installation Art: Patterns and Space

Prof. Hannah Israel

This will be a demonstration on renaissance techniques for rendering with oil paint.
9:30 – 12:00 p.m.
Location: TBA
Capacity: 16 students

  PDF      The 2015 All State Art Symposium Catalog

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.

January 25: Shipment postmarked

Hand Delivery Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be hand delivered to the Corn Center during the following days and times:
January 26: 12 – 6 pm, Thursday
January 27: 12 – 4 pm, Friday
January 28: 12 – 4 pm, Saturday

Shipping Instructions: All artwork invited for exhibition may be shipped pre-paid POSTMARKED no later than Wednesday, January 27.

Shipping Address:
All-State Art Symposium
Columbus State University
Department of Art
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
Tel: 706-507-8301