Fine Arts Creativity Program

Every year, public and private high schools in the Coachella Valley and College of the Desert are invited to submit artworks that address an exhibition theme.

Entries are juried by museum professionals, local artists and gallerists. Jurors consider the creative interpretation of the theme, technical ability, originality, and an imaginative communication of ideas and emotions when making their selections.

The Fine Arts program provides the opportunity for young artists to participate in a juried exhibition and to have their artwork displayed in a professional manner in the museum’s galleries.

Each year the variety of student artwork submitted and the statements they make are unique and thought-provoking.

Two artworks will receive the Fine Arts Creativity Purchase Award and be accessioned into the permanent Education Department Collection at the museum. In addition, several other generous monetary awards are presented. Each exhibiting student will receive a certificate of merit and a one-year family membership to the museum.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Fine Arts Creativity Awards and Scholarships, please contact Zach Fleming at 760-322-4852 or zfleming@psmuseum.org




Approximately 45 works will be selected by a panel of judges comprised of museum professionals and practicing artists.

Criteria for judging are:

  • Significant and thoughtful investigation of the theme/concept
  • Meaningful use of materials
  • Exploration of contemporary art practices including, but not limited to, new media, techniques and concepts
  • Imaginative communication of ideas and/or emotions
  • Quality craftsmanship

Selections will be announced to instructors on Friday, March 8, 2019. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE!

Recognition and Awards:

All exhibiting students, as well as their families, instructors and principals, will be invited to the Fine Arts Creativity Awards reception and ceremony at the art museum on Friday, April 12, 2019.
The works will be exhibited in the Marks Gallery and Jorgensen Gallery at the museum from Friday, April 12 through Tuesday, May 14, 2019.
One high school student and one COD student will each receive a purchase award of $1,000 and the work will enter the museum’s Education Department Collection.
Several other generous monetary awards will be given. Monetary awards for collaborative works will be divided equally between collaborators.
All exhibiting students will receive a one-year membership to the museum and a certificate of merit. Additionally, selected students’ art instructors will also receive a one-year membership.


Friday, March 1, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.
Final day for schools to submit artwork digitally Friday, March 8, 2019
Announcement of selected artists

Thu, March 14 & Fri, March 15, 2019 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Drop-offs for selected artwork at loading dock 

Friday, April 12, 2019 | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony and Exhibition Reception
Where: Annenberg Theater, Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Gallery

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition closes
Where: Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Gallery

Thursday, May 16 & Friday, May 17, 2019 | 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Artwork Pickup
Where: Loading Dock

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