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2D3D competition guidelines

Before submitting your artwork, please review the 2D3D Competition guidelines below.


Participants must be enrolled in a home-school, e-school, public, private or parochial high school program that includes 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. In addition, participants must live in the United States or in the U.S. territories, which include Puerto Rico, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa.

Students can enter the contest once and upload up to four pieces of artwork with their submission.


The registration deadline has been extended to midnight on February 10, 2017. Artwork must be submitted via the online submission page. Give yourself time to prepare and upload your work before the last minute so that you'll have time to ask potential questions and/or address any upload issues. 

Juried Competition

The jury is made up of faculty members at the Cleveland Institute of Art. The jurors will be responsible for judging one of the five main categories that include Visual Arts, Design, Digital Arts, Craft and Interdisciplinary. Once the five category winners have been determined, the jurors will then review the work of all the five category finalists, and select a Best in Show winner. 

Judging will be blind, so the jurors will not know the identities of the people who have entered the work.

2D3D Prizes

Best in Show: The top award in this competition is titled Best in Show, and it includes a $2,000 cash prize. To qualify for Best in Show, a participant must first win one of the five Best in Category awards. 

Best in Category: The top award in each category is titled Best in Category. The five categories in the 2D3D Competition include Visual Arts, Design, Digital Arts, Craft and Interdisciplinary.

The winner of Best in Category will receive:

  • $400 cash prize
  • $10,000 annual scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art ($40,000 total, possible)

Included as a prize when winning Best in Category is an annual $10,000 scholarship to the Cleveland Institute of Art, which over four years totals $40,000. The $10,000 scholarship will be renewed annually for up to four years of study at CIA as long as the recipient maintains a 3.0 cumulative GPA and remains enrolled full-time.

Jury Merit Honorees: The second highest prize in each category is titled Jury Merit Honorees. Five recipients of this award will receive a $200 cash prize.

Emerging Artist Pre-College Scholarship:

  • Awarded to five freshman, sophomore or juniors demonstrating exceptional potential
  • $500 scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art’s 2017 Pre-College Program 

Art Teacher Drawing: All teachers will be entered automatically into a random drawing for $1,000 worth of art supplies for each student who has entered the 2D3D Competition.

Judging Criteria

The judging criteria will be based on originality and technical skill as defined below.

  • Originality: Artwork submitted should represent independent thought and imagination. Design and concept of work should demonstrate innovative thinking and be novel in execution and style.
  • Technical Skill: To have a strong command and proficiency of an art medium (for example: graphite, digital arts, etc.). How it is applied to further the idea or originality of the artwork will be taken into consideration.

Category Descriptions

Click on a category from the list below for category descriptions and examples.

2D3D Artwork Usage Policy

Any work(s) of art or other forms of intellectual property shall belong to the student(s) who created them. CIA and our sponsors reserve the right to photograph, reproduce, and use for display the works of art entered into the 2D3D competition for marketing and publicity of the 2D3D competition in the future.

As a condition of participation in the 2D3D competition, students give permission for photos of themselves to be used by CIA for marketing, publicity, or other related purposes if they should be one of the winners of a prize or honorary mention.

CIA does not take responsibility for any artwork associated with the 2D3D competition.

Copyright Release Form

Students cannot use copyrighted music in their work without the permission of the original artist. If a work is to receive an award, CIA will require a Copyright Release Form.

For additional guidelines on the use of copyrighted materials, visit this page on the Center for Media & Social Impact's website.

Appearance Release Form

In addition to the registration form, you must get the consent of any recognizable people in your work and submit an Appearance Release Form.

Teacher/Counselor Confirmation

Students are asked to provide the name of your high school teacher or counselor when you enter. An email will be sent to your teacher or counselor to confirm that you are a high school student. 

Collaborative Projects

The Cleveland Institute of Art recognizes the increased importance of work that is collaborative in nature. A Participation Agreement and Release Form must be completed for projects that were collaborative in nature. If a collaborative project is selected for Best in Category, CIA will require confirmation of each participant’s role in the project, so as to determine appropriateness of offering the CIA scholarship. The cash prize would be distributed equally among the collaborators.


Registration Ended.

The last day to enter was February 10, 2017.


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Entry Categories

Visual Arts

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture


  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture

Digital Arts

  • Animation
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Video + Film


  • Ceramics
  • Glass
  • Jewelry + Metals



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