Event Summary

This year’s event offers engaging 90-minute, interactive workshops, verbal and written critiques of their artwork by UWO art faculty and an accompanying exhibition with the awards ceremony at the Steinhilber Gallery of Art located in UWO’s beautiful Reeve Memorial Union.


Participants in the HSAD 2024 will be assigned to one art workshop. Art education majors at UWO will lead the 90-minute workshops. Each workshop will focus on the exploration of one particular area of art such as printmaking, drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, metals, digital arts or sculpture. Students will take on-site artwork home with them at the end of the HSAD.

Given this format, the total number of student participants will be limited to 80 (See submission guidelines for more information).

Exhibition Jury Process

This year, only high school students who attend the HSAD event will submit work to be considered for the exhibition. Each participating student will bring just one of his/her best art pieces to the UWO campus on the day of the event.

At the beginning of the day, students will drop off their off-site work in designated critique rooms. While the students are attending the hands-on workshops, jurors (art faculty, retired art teachers, and senior art majors) will review each submission and prepare written feedback. 30-40 “best” pieces will be selected for the HSAD exhibit.

The 30-40 selected pieces will be on display at the Steinhilber Gallery of Art on the third floor of Reeve Memorial Union the week following the HSAD (April 30 to May 4). Out of the 30-40 pieces, jurors will then determine a small number of “best of show” awards.

The closing reception will be held on Saturday, May 4 from 3:30-4:30. Parents, students, teachers, and the public will be invited to attend. Top award winners of the exhibit will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will take place in the Steinhilber Gallery at 4 p.m. After the awards ceremony, students will take their artwork home. Students unable to attend the closing reception will arrange for someone else to collect their work.

Critiques of Student Work

After students complete their workshops on the HSAD, they will gather in the critique room in which they placed their off-site artwork. At that time, they will be notified if their piece was selected for the Steinhilber Exhibit and receive an evaluation form with written feedback about their art.

UWO art faculty, retired art teachers, and senior art majors will then conduct a verbal critique of students’ work. The jurors will not be able to discuss every piece submitted but will model ways of speaking about art and discerning what constitutes excellent or high-quality artwork.

Department of Art

Main: (920) 424-2222  |  Gallery Office: (920) 424-2235
Arts and Communication Center S123 and S127
926 Woodland Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901