Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™
July 29 & 30, 2017
Youth Art Competition
Grades k-8 or Ages 5-13

As part of our commitment to bring art education into the community, a Youth Art Competition is integrated into the Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™. Sponsored by Institute for the Arts & Education, Inc., the associated 501c3 non-profit organization, young artists in grades K-8 ages 5-13 are invited to apply with their original and personally handmade art in all forms of discipline. During the art fair, all entries are publicly displayed under the “Youth Art Competition” tent. This program exposes young artists to the opportunity of creating his/her art for a living – doing something he/she loves to do, and, most importantly, how to do it. The competition gives young artists a golden opportunity to begin learning the rules of being part of a professional art show and exhibition.
Criteria for judging the youth art is based on technique/execution and originality, which is similar to the criteria for the judging of the professional artist awards.In 2017, there were seven Youth Art Competition awards:

  • One $100 Best of Show Artist
  • Three $50 Awards of Excellence
  • Three $25 Awards of Distinction (gift card from Target)

In addition to one of the prizes above, each winner receives a beautiful, colorful, two-foot-long ribbon.

On Sunday afternoon at 3pm, Youth Art Competition awards are presented by Executive Producer Patty Narozny. She begins with, “Thank you for submitting your Youth Art Competition Artist entries. Please understand that art is subjective. Even the best artists are not accepted into all the art show they want to participate, nor do they win a prize in every show they do. For the young artists who do not win, and you love creating your art, please do not give up. Please congratulate those who do win.”

The Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™ provides students with an unmatched learning experience, and exposes families to artwork that they otherwise may not see. Young artists are encouraged to speak with the professional artists in the show and to ask them questions about participating in art shows as a career.

To date, more than 1,250 students have participated in this program.

Following the awards announcements, there was another positive outcome from the Youth Art program. The artwork made by the Young Artists was so compelling, original and well-done that patrons were interested in purchasing some of the student’s art. A Young Artist may or may not have won a prize in the competition, but a couple of them sold their art – which is the goal to becoming a professional artist!

Congratulations to the Young Artists award winners and to the Young Artists who sold their art!

Click here for the application

15th Annual Orchard Lake Fine Art Show™
July 29 & 30, 2017 at West Bloomfield High School

One $100 Best of Youth Art

Sophia Stacey, painting, age 6
Miss Lindsay’s Art Room

Three $50 Youth Art Awards of Excellence:

Gillian Donoghue,
painting & clay, age 14,
Academy of the Sacred Heart
Chloe Warren,
painting, age 10,
Miss Lindsay’s Art Room

Three $25 Youth Art Awards of Distinction:

Eric Fulton,
painting, age 7,
Gretchko Elementary
Isabella Hanna,
drawing & painting, age 6,
Scotch Elementary
Olivia Pyrc,
painting & clay, age 11,
Miss Lindsay’s Art Room