Igniting Ideas: Emerging Artists

2025 Student Art Exhibition Application

Application period August 12, 2024 – April 4, 2025



Ignite Arts & STEM (IAS) is pleased to present the 3rd cohort of our exciting program for young BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) artists! Our 2025 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 for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed).
  • Collages: must be two dimensional.
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints.
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art.
  • Photographs.
  • Other similar two-dimensional pieces.

Teachers and/or students should verify their eligibility before submitting their application. Artwork must be the creation a single student. Students may not collaborate on an entry.

The information requested on the application should be provided as thoroughly as possible. Students should include their mailing addresses if they differ from their home addresses. Students should also include contact information that will be valid for several years. (For instance, students, especially seniors, are encouraged to include a personal email address rather than a school email address that will expire at the end of their senior year.)

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    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.

    Student Info


    School Info

    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.
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    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.

    Each framed piece cannot be smaller than 8" x 10" or larger than 28" x 40". No framed piece should weigh more than 15 pounds. 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.

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    Demographic Info

    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.

    If you answered "No" to the previous question, please select "N/A".

    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.

    If you are in a two parent/guardian home, check off all that apply to both parents/guardians in the home. If you are living in a foster or group home, select "N/A"

    If other, please explain:

    If website please list name of website:


    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!