Share, Like, Create 2023 Student Juried Art Show: Moments of Learning and Growth

December 1, 2023 - February 25, 2024

Lightcatcher Building

Call Now Open to all Whatcom County middle and high school students

Deadline to Apply: October 30, 2023

Juried by the Whatcom Museum’s Youth Advisory Council

The Whatcom Museum is accepting applications for our first student juried art show. Share, Like, Create is an ongoing project of the Museum’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and will feature student submitted art, juried by YAC members. The YAC selected exhibition theme is “Moments of Learning and Growth”, and all Whatcom County middle and high school students are invited to participate.

Juried art shows are an invaluable way for artists to showcase their work to the public and build recognition of their artistic achievements. Our show is open submission, meaning all Whatcom county middle and high school students are welcome to enter. These submissions create a pool of artwork, that the jurors select (or curate) for inclusion in the show. The Museum is pleased to launch this initial student juried art show alongside our professional juried art show Bellingham National. 

Share, Like, Create will open in the Museum’s Lightcatcher Building on December 1, 2023. Due to limited space, the jurying process will decide which pieces are displayed in the gallery, but the Museum will also create a virtual exhibition hosted on the museum website featuring all appropriate submissions addressing the theme.

Submission Guidelines

  • All work should address the prompt of “Moments of Learning and Growth” in some fashion.
  • Physical works (paintings, drawings, prints, etc.) and digital pieces (photos, illustrations, etc.) are both welcome.
    • Physical works should be two-dimensional and no larger than 36″x36″
    • Digital works should be static (no videos) and will be printed by the Museum if chosen for the gallery show. If you have specifications regarding printing of a digital work, please include them in your submission.
  • One submission per artist please.
  • Submissions are due by October 30, 2023.

After all entries are submitted, the Museum’s Youth Advisory Council will use a standardized rubric to judge the works presented anonymously. The highest ranked pieces will be included in the gallery show, with all pieces included in the virtual exhibition. For physical pieces, notification of selection will occur by November 8th. Everyone is invited to the free show opening on Friday December 1, 6 – 9 p.m. in the Museum’s Lightcatcher Building at 250 Flora St.

To submit your artwork, fill out the online form below. Include with your submission an image of the piece appropriate for the judging process. For more information about the exhibition, or if you have questions about the submission process, reach out to the Museum Education department here.


The Whatcom Museum acknowledges that we gather on the traditional territory of the Lhaq’temish – Lummi People – and the Nuxwsá7aq – Nooksack People – who have lived in the Coast Salish region from time immemorial. The Museum honors our relationship with all of our Coast Salish neighbors and our shared responsibilities to their homeland where we all reside today.