WHAT IS AN ARTIST OF THE YEAR?
Students nominated for Artist of the Year represent the top student artists in Orange County. Students are nominated by arts teachers and private instructors because they represent excellence in their artform(s).
WHO CAN BE NOMINATED? An Artist of the Year is any student high school JUNIOR or SENIOR artist who lives or attends school in Orange County.
Artists of the Year demonstrate the following attributes (i.e. this is what we consider when judging the students for Artist of the Year):
TALENT and TECHNIQUE
The artist demonstrates talent.
The artist has talent that has been developed through training.
The artist has strong technique.
The artist has shown complexity in technique.
The artist has aptitude in a variety of styles and abilities.
The artist has a unique vision and voice that is expressed through her/his/their art form.
The artist has a strong sense of imagination in her/his/their art form.
The artist demonstrates an understanding of the intellectual content in her/his/their work created.
GROWTH and IMPACT
The artist has demonstrated growth in her/his/their art form.
The artist has an understanding of her/his/their personal artistic growth.
The artist's work has had an impact on others.
The artist has a sense what she/he/they wants to explore and contribute to the world via her/his/their art form.
HEART (the intangibles)
There is something undefinable about this artist that makes you root for her/him/them.
The artist is passionate about her/his/their art form.
The artist has eloquence/insight when speaking about her/his/their art form.
While some preliminary scoring may be used to identify top students, ultimate decisions are not made by calculating a numerical score.
During each round of evaluation, judges engage in a conversation, discussing each of the attributes above, and come to a consensus when choosing the top students.
HOW IT WORKS
TEACHERS nominate their top students in seven areas: Theater, Dance, Instrumental Music, Vocal Musc, Film and TV, Media Arts, & Fine Arts.
STUDENTS complete a nomination application.
High school teachers evaluate the applications and choose semi-finalists in every specialty.
IMPORTANT DATES for 2023
ALL dates subject to change.
TEACHER NOMINATIONS DUE:
Friday, January 20, 2023 @ 10pm
STUDENT APPLICATIONS DUE:
Friday, February 3, 2023 @ 10pm
ROUND 1 JUDGING PANELS:
Late February / Early March
SEMIFINALIST INTERVIEWS (ROUND 2)
On the Chapman University campus.
Saturday, March 18, 2023
Monday, March 20, 2023
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Thursday, March 23, 2023
Friday, March 24, 2023
FILM / TV:
Saturday, March 25, 2023
NEW DATE! AWARDS CEREMONY:
Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 5:30pm