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Judging

JUDGING CRITERIA

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 which translates into strong technique.

  • The artist has shown complexity in her/his/their technique.

  • The artist has aptitude in a variety of styles and abilities.

 

ARTISTIC VISION

  • 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 is exploring ideas through her/his their art form.

  • The artist demonstrates an understanding of the intellectual content in her/his/their work created.

 

PURPOSE, GROWTH, and IMPACT

  • The artist creates with a broader sense of purpose, seeking to express inner thoughts beyond the basic utility of her/his/their work.

  • The artist has demonstrated growth in her/his/their art form and has an understanding of her/his/their personal artistic growth.

  • The artist's work seeks to impact others through her/his/their work.

  • The artist has a sense what she/he/they want 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.

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Timeline

IMPORTANT DATES for 2024

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ALL dates subject to change.

Teacher Nominations

DUE    Friday, January 19, 2024

Student Applications

DUE    Friday, February 2, 2024

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