Now Accepting Submissions for the 2022 Competition 

The Western Governors’ Foundation is proud to host the 2022 Celebrate the West regional art competition, which challenges high school students to create original works inspired by their state. The visual arts challenge is open to high school students in the 16 Western states and three U.S. territories whose Governors participate in the bipartisan Western Governors’ Association (WGA).

To enter the competition, students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 and submit a digital copy of their entry via email, along with their entry form, to by April 30, 2022. Students are encouraged to think about what the West means to them. What does it mean to call the West home? What have we learned about it’s complex past and what do we imagine its future looks like?” Check out the previous years’ winning artwork

WGA’s panel of art experts will select one finalist from each state and territory. State Winners will receive $200 and compete for First ($1,500), Second ($750), and Third Place ($500) Awards at the regional level. 

Governors may also offer students additional opportunities for recognition. They often meet with winners and finalists, as well as display winning entries in the state capitol or other public space. 

State winners will be announced on or before May 7. Regional winners will be announced at the Western Governors’ Association’s annual meeting on July 26-28, 2022 in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. 

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