INSPIRED MINDS: Young Artist Exhibition 
Celebrating talented young artists in high schools throughout Essex County

Essex County high school students, grades 9 through 12, are eligible to submit works of art for a student exhibition in the Herb & Milly Iris Gallery at SOPAC from May through August, 2019. 

This project of the South Orange Performing Arts Center highlights young visual artists in the community and provides a valuable opportunity for high school students to undergo a full professional gallery experience; from application, selection through exhibition, and potential sale of their art work.
 ‘Quick Glance’ summary: 

  • Only ORIGINAL works will be accepted

  • Each student may submit up to 4 pieces

  • The committee is accepting pieces in any medium of the artists’ choosing.

    • Due to the constraints of the gallery, this year, a limited number of mobile or 3D pieces will be considered. 

    • Works to be presented under glass should not be larger than 36” x 36’.

    • Works to be presented stretched on a wooden frame or stretcher bar have no size limitations.

  • SOPAC will prepare each selected piece, ensuring it is ‘ready to hang’ at no cost to the student artists.  

For more details, visit the Program Details.

Important Dates To Remember:

  • Submissions must be received before noon on Monday, March 11, 2019.

  • Final Selections will be made by Monday, March 25, 2019.  Finalists will be notified by March 31, 2019.

  • Art pieces must be delivered to SOPAC by Monday, April 8, 2019.

  • Art pieces that are not sold during the exhibition must be picked up from SOPAC by Friday, September 13, 2019.

 NOTE:  Designs that include logos, copyrighted or trademarked images, advertisements, political, commercial, religious, or sexual symbols, themes or messages will not be accepted. Designs should be appropriate for a diverse, broad-based audience of all ages.


To Submit Your Artwork:

  1. Click on the button on the top right corner of this screen 
  2. Complete your registration
  3. Complete entries for up to 4 works and upload up to three digital images of each work
  4. Please take note of important dates listed in the sidebar to the left

User Entry Process Tutorial - A quick tutorial to help you with the submission process.