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The IHSAE has identified 8 categories for submission to the General Exhibition: Sculpture, Photography, Drawing, Mixed Media, Design, Painting, Time Arts, Pottery. Click on the headings for past examples of winning artwork in that category.


Original artwork that is manually drawn on a two-dimensional surface consisting of “dry” media: graphite, ink, charcoal, pastel, color pencil, marker, scratchboard, conte crayon, printmaking or any other drawing materials completed on a flat 2D surface that range from the highly rendered and stylized, to the observational and gestural. *May include printmaking


Original artwork consisting of “wet” media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, collage, printmaking, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any non-traditional flat surface. *May include printmaking

Mixed Media

Art made from two or more artistic media, such as ink and pastel or painting and collage, that are combined in a single composition. *Includes but is not limited to Collage, assemblage, cut paper, handmade paper, batik, fiber-based art, fine art books, etc


Original images captured by either a traditional or nontraditional camera that may be digitally and/or physically collaged, cloned, layered, merged, distorted, or images that have been lightly manipulated.


Art created for commercial or applied purposes that has a “functional” use, such as advertising, communications or product design.

Examples: Magazine layouts, book covers, greeting cards, fonts, letterhead, business cards, calendars, signage, as well as proposals for products such as electronic devices, cars, bicycles, skateboards, furniture, toys, comic strips, comic books, storyboards, web comics, or selections from graphic novels, building designs, landscape designs, interior designs, urban plans. Fully-realized articles and outfits, sketches, tech packs. Jackets, dresses, shirts, gowns, scarves, hats, bags, belts, shoes, etc. as well as experimental designs, wearable art, and work made from found materials. Can include 2D work such as hand-drawn sketches, computer-aided designs, blueprints, and floor plans.


Original three-dimensional art objects that exist in the round and can be seen from all sides created by carving, casting, modeled, carved, cast, constructed, assembled objects or other shaping techniques. Materials may include, but are not limited to: clay, cardboard, metal, acrylic, wood, glass, stone, marble, textiles, plastics, and found objects.


The art or technique of making objects of ceramic, such as earthenware, stoneware or porcelain, treated by firing, such as, vases, teapots, bowls, plates, cups, tiles, tableware or other vessels. This work will typically be functional in nature.

Time Arts

Original artworks in video, animation, sound, and performance under 10 minutes in duration. Documentary films, narrative films, commercials, experimental video, as well as hand-drawn, computer-generated, or stop-motion animations.*Submit works in this category as video or audio files. Files are restricted to 500mb or smaller in size. Selected works will be displayed as video/audio projections at the exhibition.