Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists

2024 Student Art Exhibition Application

Application period January 8, 2024 – April 15, 2024


Ignite Arts & STEM (IAS) is pleased to present the 2nd cohort of our exciting program for young BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists! Our 2024 Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition is exclusively open to students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). It is an opportunity for BIPOC students grades 6-12 to showcase their creative skills in a professional art exhibition. The artist may submit one original art piece. Accepted mediums include:

  • Paintings
  • Photographs
  • Prints
  • Drawings
  • Digital Art
  • Other similar two-dimensional pieces

This will be a juried exhibition. The jurors will select works based on creativity, originality, and quality. IAS invites artists working in all mediums and styles to submit their work. The winning and select honorable mentions’ submissions will be shown at an in-person curated exhibition as part of the IAS Mentors & Mimosas Gala on April 27, 2024 at START Los Angeles, and featured online on the IAS website. Jurors will select winning entries. All selected entrants will receive*:

  • Rocketbook Letter Core Dot-Grid Notebooks
  • Ray-Ban | Meta Smart Glasses

The top four entries will receive Dick Blick Gift Cards.

*Selected artists must be present  at the Mentors & Mimosas gala to receive their gifts.

Artists can be as creative as they want. The 2024 Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition call for entries will open on Monday, January 8, 2024 until Friday, April 15, 2024. For more information about our upcoming events including the Mentors and Mimosas Gala please go here: Upcoming Events

Acceptance Notice

The selection process will be blind. Once the juror has made selections, all entrants will receive an email from IAS with a list of images and artists selected for the show. The selected images and artists’ names will be posted on IAS’s website.

IAS is not responsible for connecting the selected artists with the jurors. In addition, IAS reserves the right not to use a particular selected image(s) for promotional purposes if the image(s) is deemed inappropriate for use on IAS’s social media, newsletter feed, and/or on in any other marketing material.

NOTE: Please DO NOT watermark your images when submitting your application. Thank you.

Exhibit Works

All works accepted for exhibition must be presentation-ready and labeled on the back of the frame or submission with your name, image title, and contact information (email and phone). Please deliver your work with protective wrapping. Exhibiting artists are provided with two options for delivery and retrieval of their artwork:

  1. Drop-Off and Pick-Up: Artists will deliver their work to designated drop-off locations in the San Fernando Valley, or Inglewood before the event (exact drop-off locations and times will be communicated to selected artists in the acceptance notification). Artists will need to take their work home at the conclusion of the Mentors & Mimosas Gala on the day of the event. (Early pick-up is not available.)
  2. Round-Trip Shipping: Artists can choose to ship their artwork to Ignite Arts & STEM (IAS) using a prepaid shipping label. We recommend insuring your work during shipment. A prepaid return shipping label will be required for the artwork's safe return after the event. Please note that IAS takes no responsibility for damage during shipping.

Artwork Sales and Donations: Following the Mentors & Mimosas Gala, any unclaimed artwork may be offered for sale through an online auction or donated to a local arts organization, with proceeds benefiting future Ignite Arts & STEM programs. Artists will be notified in advance regarding the sale or donation of unsold artwork.

We encourage all artists to attend the Mentors & Mimosas Gala. However, the options outlined above ensure the safe handling and return of your work should you be unable to attend.

Prentation of Work

All artwork should be presented in a simple, professional manner. Consider yourself a professional and treat your artwork with respect. Always use the best materials.

The finished presentation – front, back, top and bottom - is part of the whole work. It should appear to be new and well crafted, not battered and shop worn or flimsy or fragile.

Poor presentation can make great art look terrible. Good presentation can make terrible art look great.

  • All work must be presented ready-to-hang. If you choose you can attach a wire to the frame between one-third and one-quarter of the way down the sides of the piece. Stainless steel braided picture wire works best for smooth hanging and deters rusting.
  • Do not use sawtooth hangers. They are not strong enough to support the weight of a frame safely.
  • Frame molding varies greatly in style and quality. Avoid over powering the art with brighter, bolder, or busier framing materials that distract from it visually and look amateurish, cheap, or out-of-place.
  • While grand masterpieces are well suited to hand-carved gold frames; most other pieces look best in modest real wood or metal frame moldings with clean lines and black, neutral, or natural wood finishes.
  • Do not use "snap on" frames, corner-clips with glass or “easel” frames designed for tabletop use.
  • Photographs and all two-dimensional work on paper should be matted with neutral tones (white, gray or black only) and covered with clean, scratch-free glass or Plexiglas.
  • Matting serves to separate the art from the glazing, but it also isolates it for viewing. The artwork should stand alone without being enhanced or abated by the mat and frame.
  • Mat size should be appropriate to the piece. A wide mat is better; it expands the work and makes it appear larger. Narrow boarders visually reduce the artwork and look cheap. A three to four-inch mat with an extra half-inch on the bottom gives a nice visual feel to a finished piece. But, do not use extra wide mats just to make a piece fit in a standard size framee.
  • Float-mounting the artwork over the mat, so that the edges are seen, is an option when an artwork has a deckle edge or is constructed with handmade paper. A spacer within the frame should be used to keep the art from touching the glazing.
  • A stretched canvas requires no glazing because the canvas needs to breathe. The frame may be backed with a dust cover and/or moisture barrier, but this must be perforated to allow air to circulate.
  • Large oils or acrylics on heavy-duty stretchers with a gallery wrap do not need to be framed. The canvas should be stapled on the back and the edge should be painted.


    Our Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition is exclusively open to students who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color).

    If you are unclear what BIPOC means, please read this article: Why We Use the Term BIPOC

    Thank you for your interest in Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists! We appreciate your interest.

    This exhibition is designed to provide a platform specifically for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Our goal is to create a platform for underrepresented voices in the art world.

    We would be happy to connect you with resources for other student art exhibitions that might be a good fit for your work.

    We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about Ignite Arts & STEM.

    Personal Data


    Your School

    Proposed Submission

    Please address all of the following in your description:
    1. A brief description of your submission
    2. What is the inspiration for your submission


    • You can type your description of the proposed submission directly into the boxes below; or
    • Cut and paste your personal statement from Microsoft Word into the box below.
    Characters remaining: 3500

    Please use good grammar and spell-check in the description of your proposed submission!

    This is the only method to submit your proposed submission description. We will not accept this via U.S. Mail, fax or email.

    Please note that a proposed submission description written by anyone other than the applicant will not be considered. The student (applicant) must write the following proposed submission description in order for the application to be evaluated.

    Your submission cannot be smaller than 8" x 10" or larger than 28" x 40". The minimum and maximum dimensions include the frame.

    *Please DO NOT provide measurements in pixels or metric measurements.

    Please upload a digital image of your exhibition submission. File size limit:2mb. Accepted filetypes: PNG, JPG, & JPEG. Please DO NOT watermark your images when submitting. Thank you. Characters remaining: 3500

    Demographic Information

    Please Note: This art contest is exclusively open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students. We encourage creativity and self-expression from our BIPOC student community.

    If you are unclear what BIPOC means, please read this article: Why We Use the Term BIPOC

    Secondary education is high school, while post-secondary education is what students attend after high school. Colleges, universities, vocational, and trade schools are all examples of post-secondary education.

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    Being "first-generation" means that you are the first person in your immediate family to pursue any kind of post secondary education. In other words, neither of your parents has a college degree or completed a professional/vocational certification or apprenticeship. If an older sibling or family member attended college, completed a professional/vocational certification, apprenticeship you are still considered a first-generation student.

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    I affirm that the information presented in this application is true, correct, and complete, to the best of my knowledge. I understand that any false or misleading statements on this application may disqualify me. I understand that this application doesn't guarantee my participation in the competition and that my participation requires approval of my application by the 2024 Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition Committee.

    In the event that my submission application is accepted and approved, I authorize the release of my name, likeness, photographs, audio and/or video recordings for publicity purposes. Additionally, as a participant, I understand that I become an alumni of the 2024 Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition Competition and will participate to the best of my ability in appreciation of the generosity of the community.

    Incomplete applications or applications that do not meet eligibility criteria will not be considered for this competition.

    In order for your application to be eligible for consideration, you must complete the following:

    1. Complete all required fields and submit any necessary supplemental materials with your application to the Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition Committee
    2. Click on the "Submit" button below.

    Your application will not be considered for the Ignite Arts & STEM 2024 Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists | Student Art Exhibition unless you submit your application before the deadline and comply with Items #1 and #2 stated above. There will be no exceptions!