Teachers will be requested to provide the following:


  • NAME: As the student wants it to appear in print

  • GRADE: Junior or Senior

  • AGE: 16, 17, 18, or 19 as of the nomination date

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

If using a school/district provided email address, check with your IT department to see if that address can accept emails from outside of the district.

  • PHONE: Best number to reach the student at 

  • 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 you want it to appear in print

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

  • PHONE: Best number to reach the teacher at 

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

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


Tell us why you believe this student is an Artist of the Year.

A student’s talent is only one layer. We also want to know who they are and what they want to explore or say through their art form. Anything you can share that will help us to understand who your student is as an artist is helpful.


To help shape your answer, evaluators look at a student's TALENT/TECHNIQUE, how the student THINKS ARTISTICALLY, how the student is GROWING as an artist, what the student wants to EXPLORE AS AN ARTIST, how the student’s art IMPACTS OTHERS,  and the student's HEART - those intangible things that make you root for your student.

Along with giving insight into who your student is, text from this answer will be extracted to accompany the student's nomination listing in the paper.