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The NOMINATION AGREEMENT must be signed and submitted as a part of the artist application. 

  • Print out the Nomination Agreement pdf below.

  • Collect the relevant signatures.

  • Scan or photograph the signed page. (Both student and parent signatures must be on the agreement.)

  • For the 2022 season, teachers will "sign" this agreement when they fill out the online nomination.

  • The student uploads the signed document as a jpg or pdf as a part of the online application.


Students will be requested to provide the following:


  • NAME: As it should appear in print

  • GRADE: Junior or Senior

  • AGE: 16, 17, 18, or 19 as of Jan.28, 2022

  • EMAIL: Emails need to accept messages from outside of the school server 

  • PHONE: Best number to reach the student at 

  • ADDRESS: Best address to receive information

  • SOCIAL MEDIA: (Optional) Share your Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter profiles if you are interested in connecting via social media

  • HIGH SCHOOL: Even if the student is being nominated by an after school program, we want to know which high school the student attends. 


  • NAME: As it should appear in print

  • EMAIL: Emails need to accept messages from outside of the school server 

You will have a minimum of 500 characters and a maximum of 1500 characters with spaces (approx. 300 words) to answer each prompt.


In your opinion, what does it mean to be an artist?

We are not interested in how others have defined what it means to be an artist. This question is designed to help you develop and explain YOUR PERSONAL UNDERSTANDING of what it means to be an artist. Your answer should then inform how you answer the other prompts below. 

PLUS, you need to answer TWO PROMPTS out of the five below. 


We are using these questions to learn about who you are as an artist. Your answers, included in your online application, will help us to best understand how you think and what you are trying to explore artistically.

YOUR WORK: Tell us about the pieces you submitted and why you think they reflect who you are as an artist. Why did you choose these pieces? What do you want people to see/feel/understand as a result of interacting with your work?

VISUAL ARTS STUDENTS: You will have an opportunity to share your Artistic Statement.

BEGINNINGS AND TURNING POINTS: How did you get started in your art form? And/or describe an experience you had that helped you to develop a passion for what you do. What was it about that experience that was impactful?

BREADTH AND DEPTH: Beyond your specialty, are you involved in other aspects of your art form? What else do you do in this art form? What do you want us to know about your involvement in this art form?

BEYOND YOUR ART FORM: Tell us about how your work in your art form has influenced the other artistic parts of your life.

THE FUTURE: Looking ahead, what do you want to do as an artist? Generally, what kind of impact do you want to have on the world? Specifically, what kind of work do you want to do in the future?

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All students must submit a photo AND a photo release. 

Ideally, we want to see your face in your photo and it should reflect who you are as an artist.

Photos may be published in print or online by The Orange County Register, by Chapman University, on the Artist of the Year website, and by their successors, licensees and assigns.



  • Format: jpg 

  • Size: maximum of 1.5 MB


IMPORTANT: You must have the photographer sign a release so that we can use the photo with their permission. If YOU are the photographer, you must sign the release.

  • Print out the Photo Release pdf below.​

  • Have the photographer sign the release.

  • Scan or photograph the both pages of the release with the relevant information filled out and signed.

  • The student uploads the signed document as a jpg or pdf as a part of the online application.