If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911 – If you cannot call, TEXT 911 if you are in Chester County

24-hour Hotline

Call our 24-hour, free hotline 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430

If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911

If you are in immediate danger and cannot call TEXT 911

24-hour Hotline

Call our 24-hour, free hotline 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430

If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911

If you are in immediate danger and cannot call TEXT 911

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County  Freedom through Empowerment

Domestic Violence Center of Chester County  Freedom through Empowerment

*Notice - Computer Use Can Be Monitored - Click Here

Computer use can be monitored. This website will show up in your browser history. Even after you exit the site, it is possible for someone to view this site in your browsing history. There is no way to completely erase computer activity, you can help protect your privacy if you familiarize yourself with how to delete browsing history, internet cache, and cookies. To learn more, click here.

STUDENT ART CONTEST

High School Student Art Contest & Exhibition

Event sponsored by our friends and partners with the National Arts Program.

8th ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ART CONTEST & EXHIBITION

Saturday March 30th through Saturday April 6th, 2024

 

Reception Event & Awards Ceremony

Saturday, April 6th, 2024 from 2-4 PM

 

Gallery and Reception Event graciously hosted by our friends and supporters

at Sunset Hill Jewelers & Fine Arts Gallery

For the 8th year, DVCCC is working to engage with and highlight the talent of young artists through holding a competition open to all high school students in Chester County. This year, we invite you to pick up your brushes, pencils, sculpting and digital tools (and more) to create change through your art. Let your creativity flow and be a voice for domestic violence awareness. The exhibit will feature only work submitted to the contest from high school students (GRADES 9-12) from throughout Chester County.

We believe that art can be a powerful medium for raising awareness, inspiring hope, and advocating for change. We invite you to channel your creativity to address the pressing issue of domestic violence.

INSPIRATION

Your mission is to inspire hope, unity, and positive change through your art. Use your creativity to convey the strength and resilience of survivors and their communities. Emphasize the power of unity in the face of adversity. Your artwork should serve as a message of support and a call to action for those affected by domestic violence.

You may channel your creativity to express the stories of survivors and their healing process. Your art should reflect the resilience, strength, and the indomitable spirit of survivors. Explore the emotions, experiences, and the path to recovery through your art.

You have the freedom to choose your medium, whether it’s painting, drawing, sculpture, digital art, or another form. Let your creativity rebel against the silence surrounding domestic violence and speak loudly for those who need a voice.

The color purple is our canvas, representing domestic violence awareness. You’re encouraged to incorporate shades of purple into your artwork.

Your art can be a force for change, a catalyst for unity, and a symbol of strength. Join us in using art to advocate for domestic violence awareness and inspire hope within our communities. We eagerly await your artistic expressions.

Awards & Prizes

Our panel of esteemed judges will determine final award winners. Categories considered include – but are not limited to – understanding of contest themes, emotion, technique, creativity, and more. All decisions made by the panel are final. Prizes will be given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners as well as the People’s Choice Winner. 

People’s Choice is voted on by the public. We encourage all artists to attend our reception event and awards ceremony to receive recognition and to encourage family and friends to vote for the People’s Choice. Voting will be available both in person and online (through DVCCC’s website and social media). Artists are encouraged to share widely.

People’s Choice – $25 gift card for artist

3rd Place – $50 gift care for artist from the National Arts Program

2nd Place – $100 cash prize for artist and $100 for the artist’s teacher/art department from the National Arts Program

1st Place – $200 cash prize for the artist and $200 for the artist’s teacher/art department from the National Arts Program

2023 Contest Winners

For the 7th year, DVCCC proudly highlighted the talent of young artists from across Chester County. Students entered our contest from schools across Chester County, with 15 pieces featured in a week-long gallery event from Bishop Shanahan High School, B. Reed Henderson High School, Church Farm School, and more!

First prize went to Madeleine Grous (Bishop Shanahan) for her digital piece, “A Hand of Hope,” second prize and People’s Choice went to Mia Bell (Henderson) for her inspiring “Metamorphosis,” and Inés Medina’s (Bishop Shanahan) “Corazón de Mariposa” was in third place. Chase Shatzman (Haverford School), Rafael Arellano (Church Farm School), and Samantha Frank (Bishop Shanahan) received Honorable Mentions.

We are so grateful to every student who takes the time to create an inspirational work of art and enter our contest each year. Exploring these issues through your powerful artwork speaks to the experiences of hope, resilience, and healing that inspire and resonate with victims of domestic violence and our greater community. Thank you for sharing your talent with us all.

A Look at Previous Year’s Shows

Special thanks to our long-time sponsors & supporters of this event, the National Arts Program and the Chester County Art Association and an extra special thanks to this year’s event host, the Exton Region Chamber of Commerce.