19th Annual Off the Wall High School Art Competition

Off the Wall #19
Sponsored by Lockheed Martin and presented by ARTfactory.
*How to Enter OTW #19 ARTfactory PDF*

Exhibit Dates:
December 21-January 30, 2023
Open House/Awards Ceremony:
Saturday, January 7, 2-4 pm
(Snow Date: January 14)

Submission Deadline:
Sunday, November 20 by 5 pm
(all categories)

Notice of Acceptance:
November 22 by 6 pm (via email)

What is “Off the Wall”?
The highly anticipated Off the Wall competition returns for its 19th year! Each year the area high school students are invited to share their talent by participating in a high school art exhibit and competition sponsored by Lockheed Martin. The competition encourages student expression and creativity in a professional setting.
The exhibit includes student work in the following categories: Art & Technology, Painting/Drawing, Poetry, Wearable Art, and our newest category: Photography! Each category is adjudicated by a professional in the field.

Who is eligible to enter?
All students grades 9-12 who are currently enrolled in public, private or home schools in the City of Manassas, Manassas Park, & Prince William County are eligible to participate.

ie: 3-d printing/digital designs –
2-d digital designs (primarily created with computer software) are included in this category. Work must be printed and framed to hang on gallery walls or ARTfactory can provide gallery pedestals for display if the work is standalone sculptural (contact jexum@VirginiaARTfactory if pedestal is required for display). Entries must be submitted in .jpg format with a recommended resolution of 300 dpi.

Photography:Photos from mobile device cameras are eligible. Minor digital manipulation or alteration of content is permitted; however, please note: If the majority of the photograph is heavily manipulated/enhanced with software, your submission may be more appropriate for the Art & Tech. category. We recommend using a resolution of 300 dpi .jpg format to ensure the photograph is not grainy.

Painting/Drawing:Create an original painting/drawing using acrylic, watercolor, tempera, oil, pastel chalk, charcoal, colored pencils, graphite, etc. (or any combination of these) on a surface of your choosing (keep in mind all works must be framed). All paintings and drawings must be original artwork. Painting/Drawing pieces will be submitted electronically as high quality photographs, in .jpg format, of the original artwork. Images should show only the artwork, not any mats or frames. Note: Mixed media works are included in this category.

Enter a one-page poem and within the structure of the poem include the phrase:
When Poets Go Silent
Submission idea: Upload a video or audio clip of your poetry recitation for additional impact.
Please note: Students can now submit to this category via Dropbox. See “Submission Instructions” for more info. The 1st place poetry winner will be asked to recite their poem at the Open House on Jan. 7.
FYI – “Poetry Out Loud” will be held virtually this year. Visit http://www.arts.virginia.gov/Initiatives_POL.html for more info.

Wearable Art
Make something different in 3-D! You’ll get to show off during the “Off the Wall” Open House at ARTfactory, January 7, 2023. This category is judged on site.
Contest rules for wearable “art”:
– make something original that can actually be worn, either you or your own selected model will wear the art for judging purposes at the “Off the Wall” Open House.
– use a layer of clothing underneath to build your art, around or attached, and be able to easily get in and out of it. Test what works: shorts and a loose top, a jumpsuit, short dress or tights and a top.
-use at least 50% recycled materials;
You may not want to wear your wearable art traveling between your home and our venue, so think about this in planning your construction!
Show up 2:15 pm at the “Off the Wall” Open House. You can wear or bring your wearable art with you and we will allow you a private space on our second floor to change.
*Please note: Students can now submit to this category via Dropbox. See “Submission Instructions” for more info.