The Visual Arts Achievement Program provides local and state recognition for student achievement in the visual arts. The program is designed to offer encouragement to young artists, showcase their work and offer opportunities for advanced training beyond high school. As an arts in education program, it awards students in grades 6 through 12 that are participating in arts programs within their academic institutions. Students from Private studios are not eligible to submit work through their studio instructors.

$100 Prize is given to the overall "Best of Show" during each year's competition. Additionally, an award will be given to an exceptional art teacher and school system, which will be selected by the adjudicators. Students submitting portfolios will be considered for scholarships to art programs in higher education. Recognition of winners, presentation of awards and a lecture by a noted artist is held each April. A reception immediately follows the awards program.

For more information, contact Diana Green at 334-242-4076, ext. 241 or by email at diana.green@arts.alabama.gov