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Who is eligible to participate in the Competition?

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.

Who will make up the jury for this competition?

The jury members are distinguished faculty at the Cleveland Institute of Art. Each juror will be responsible for judging one of the five main categories: Visual Arts, Design, Digital Arts, Craft and Interdisciplinary. Once the five category winners have been determined, the jurors then select one of the category winners to receive Best in Show.

When assessing the work, what criteria will the judges be using?

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 (an example would be graphite, digital arts, etc.) How it is applied to further the idea or originality of the artwork will be taken into consideration.

Are art teachers required to register in the 2D3D online registration system?

Art teachers are not required to register, but a teacher or guidance counselor is required to confirm that the student attends his/her class/school. Once a student completes the registration form and submits their artwork, we will contact the teacher/guidance counselor for confirmation. Home schooled or e-schooled students can provide contact information for the person who is teaching their art classes. 

If I haven’t finished my artwork, should I wait to register until I have finished?

Yes. You must register and upload your artwork at the same time. The registration and uploading of artwork phase will take place from November 1, 2016 through midnight February 10, 2017.  

What contact information of mine is required for participation in the 2D3D competition?

Your first and last name, email address, mailing address, high school name, and grade level. In addition, you must submit your teacher's name and email address.

Can I submit artwork in collaboration with other students?

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 and uploaded to the registration form must be completed for projects that are submitted 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.

Can I enter my work in more than one category?

No. You can only enter work in one category. However, if your portfolio has a variety of work (for instance, paintings and graphic design), then you can submit your work into the Interdisciplinary category. 

Are there any fees or associated cost to enter the competition?

No, entry into the competition is free.

Is the artwork that I upload required to have a title?

Yes, when you upload your artwork using 2D3D’s online upload tool, you will see a text field asking you for the title of your work.

Can I submit a work if it is from a class assignment, or has already won a prize in another contest?

Work from class assignments is welcome. Likewise, you are welcome to submit work that was submitted to another competition. 

What are the prizes?

(1) Best in Show

Selected from one of the five Best in Category recipients

  • $2,000 cash prize
  • Plus, Best in Category prizes

(5) Best in Category

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

(5) Jury Merit Honorees

  • $200 cash prize
  • Juror-signed, four-color certificate

(5) Emerging Artist Pre-College Scholarship

  • Awarded to a freshman, sophomore or junior demonstrating exceptional potential
  • $500 scholarship to Cleveland Institute of Art’s 2017 Pre-College Program 
  • Juror-signed, four-color certificate

Honorable Mentions
The top 20% (minus the top prize winners) will receive a juror signed, honorable mention certificate.

How does the virtual exhibition work once all the winners have been determined?

An online exhibition of the portfolios of the recipients of prizes, above, as well as selected honorable mention recipients, will be presented on on March 3, 2017.

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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representing any of the
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