1,000 Pieces of Art

  • Traditional Media

  • Photography

  • Digital Illustration/Graphic Design

This exhibition takes place at South Coast Plaza. Please review the specific guidelines below to determine the best category for each piece of student artwork.

1,000 Pieces of Art Show Specifications ALL CATEGORIES:

  • Artwork size must not exceed: 18” x 24” with matting. We will screen all art for this sizing and will NOT judge larger pieces.

  • Artwork must be labeled correctly in compliance with submission procedures.

  • All submissions must be matted or mounted on mat board, mount board, etc. (NO foam core, wire hangers, stretched canvases, glass frames, wood, or heavy cardboard).

    • Artwork that does not meet submission specifications will be returned without being judged.

  • TEACHERS: Please bundle and mark all submissions by grade level.

Traditional Media Specifications:

  • Submissions may include 2D artworks such as drawings, paintings, pastels, collages, stitchery, etc.

  • All pieces of collages must be fastened securely.

  • Anything that protrudes from the paper by more than 1/8” is considered a 3D piece of art and should be submitted to the Three-Dimensional Art Show. Judges and coordinators reserve the right to transfer a piece to the 3D show should it not meet the specifications here.

  • Artwork in chalk, pastel, or charcoal must be finished with the proper fixing spray.

    • Please note that pastels are very difficult to transport and work with. These pieces are moved and handled by multiple individuals throughout the process. In order to accept pastel, chalk or charcoal, please ensure that it has been properly sprayed and fixed. Un-fixed media may be rejected or damaged during the process.

    • Please see the video here about how to properly submit your piece. Pieces submitted not using this process will NOT be judged. Please consider adding a sheet of newsprint to the top of your fixed drawing.  This will help ensure that it stays in the best possible condition.

Photography Specifications:

  • Submissions are limited to images created by film, digital camera, or non-camera based photograms (light captured images). While photos may be manipulated with Photoshop or other photo editing programs, the intention of the photography show is to highlight photographic works. Pieces with extensive digital illustration or graphic design should be placed in the Digital Illustration/Graphic Design category. Judges reserve the right to move work from the Photography show to the Digital Illustration/Graphic Design show should they determine that work was improperly submitted.

Digital Illustration/Graphic Design Specifications:

  • Submissions include works created either exclusively or in part by use of a digital manipulation program, such as Photoshop or Illustrator. This also includes images created with a tablet or smart phone. Submissions should be 2D only, and submitted using the printing and matting guidelines. We cannot accept submissions online or in a digital format.


All artwork must be registered using the online entry form found at the bottom of the page.

  • All sections of the entry form must be completely filled out. Please do not label student work as ‘Untitled.” This makes identification challenging.

  • Artwork without an online entry will not be entered into the exhibits.

    • Every single art piece for 1000 Pieces MUST be submitted online by Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 5pm. The online form will stop accepting submissions at that time.

    • This applies to all teachers, students and submitters, including volunteers.

  • Please log-in to the database using your registration email address to print your submission forms. You may do this once or multiple times. You may adjust your submissions until April 10th, 2019.

    • Please print out the entire form and attach to the BACK ONLY.

      • All entries should use regular solid white paper

      • We will create a label for the front of the artwork. Please DO NOT attach anything to the front.

      • Please ensure that you are attaching the correct label to the correct piece. Each piece has a unique ID to ensure that we have the correct piece.

Artwork must be submitted to one of the locations listed below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Orange County Department of Education (OCDE)
200 Kalmus Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Contact: Annabel Arreola / aarreola@ocde.us
Delivery Dates: Between April 2 and April 10, 2019 (Open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)


Garden Grove Unified School District, Visual and Performing Arts
10331 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92840
Contact: Dixie Otters / dotters@ggusd.us
Delivery Dates: Between March 25- March 29; or April 8 – April, 10 2019 (open M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)


Laguna Festival of the Arts
650 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA
Contact: Irina Osechinskaya (949) 464-4234 / exhibits@foapom.com
Delivery Dates: April 2 - April 10, 2019 (Open M-F 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)

Exhibit Coordinator: Rachel Bickford, oc1000artpieces@gmail.com
Exhibit Information: South Coast Plaza, Crate and Barrel Wing
3333 Bear Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Exhibit dates: May 1 – May 19, 2019; Open mall hours
Student Reception: Saturday, May 4, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Artwork Pick Up Information:


    • Public School student work will be returned via interdistrict mail after May 1.

    • Private/Other student work must be picked up at OCDE between May 1 and May 31. Please contact Annabel Arreola (aarreola@ocde.us), Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Student work not picked up by July 1 will be repurposed or disposed of as necessary.

  • SELECTED ARTWORK: All artwork not also selected to participate in the Festival of the Arts Junior Art Exhibition may be retrieved directly from South Coast Plaza during the show takedown: May 19, 2019 at or after 5pm. The best and easiest way to ensure your artwork is returned to you is to come and retrieve it yourself. Those who do not come to retrieve their artwork will have their artwork returned via the following methods:

    • Public School selected artwork will be returned to public schools through district mail by June 1, 2019. Should it not arrive by this date, please contact Annabel Arreola (aarreola@ocde.us).

    • Private/Other school selected artwork should be picked up at OCDE between May 21, 2019 and May 31, 2019. Please contact Annabel Arreola (aarreola@ocde.us), Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Artwork not picked up by July 1, 2019 will be repurposed or disposed of as necessary.

  • FESTIVAL OF ARTS SELECTED WORK: These pieces will be transferred from South Coast Plaza and moved to the Laguna Beach Festival of the Arts for display as part of the Junior Arts Exhibition in the summer. Pieces selected for this honor will be NOT be available to be picked up on May 20, and will be available for pick-up in December of 2019 at OCDE. Please see page 9 for additional details about this exhibition.

Looking for ways to help support the 1000 Pieces Art Show? There are volunteer opportunities! The show will be installed at South Coast Plaza on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., and the show will be taken down on Sunday, May 19, 2019 from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Community Service hours are available to high school students, or those in need. If you are interested in helping please email the Art Coordinator Rachel at oc1000artpieces@gmail.com.



Imagination Celebration visual art exhibits are open to all Orange County students in grades PreK-12.


  • It is the intention of all of the exhibitions that all artwork submitted is representative of the talent and work of the age range of the student. One of our goals is to inspire other potential artists to explore and create art as well. Please ensure that the artwork has been entirely created by the student it represents. This includes artwork created by even our youngest students. When deciding what artwork to submit please keep the following in mind:

    • Please limit the number of submissions of the same classroom project. While we appreciate all classroom art, please only submit one or two of the best pieces of any assignment.

      • Our team reserves the right to select two pieces of each same assignment per each school to present to the judges. Similar assignments across different schools will all be judged, regardless of the teacher.

    • Please ensure that the artwork is representative of a student’s independent work- free from parental or teacher dictation and involvement.

      • Our team reserves the right to remove pieces from judging if the work is deemed to be enhanced by teachers or parents.

      • This includes all artwork submitted by private schools, public schools, afterschool programs and private studios.

    • Please submit a maximum of two pieces of artwork per student for all grades grades.

      • Students may submit a piece to EACH exhibition they are eligible for, i.e. a single student could submit a clay pot and a wood piece to the 3D exhibition, two drawings, two photos and two digital illustrations to 1000 Pieces. A VSA student can submit to all three shows, however their work will be judged alongside all other work for both 3D and 1000 Pieces.

      • We will be screening art to ensure this guideline is met. Should you submit more than two pieces to this exhibition by the same student, we reserve the right to choose which piece will be judged ourselves.

  • Notifications will be sent to teachers via the email address that is listed on the entry forms.

  • Adjudication: All submissions will be judged and selected for display by an impartial group of art educators and professional artists.

    • Each of the shows is judged separately by experts in that area

PLEASE NOTE: Although every effort is made to ensure the safety of all artwork, exhibiting in public places is done at the risk of each participant. Many individuals will handle the artwork during the delivery, judging, display, and return process. Arts Orange County, Orange County Department of Education, Garden Grove Unified School District, Festival of Arts of Laguna Beach, Saddleback Church and VSA California of Orange County are NOT responsible or liable for lost, damaged, or stolen art. Participation in these exhibits is voluntary and intended for educational use. Submitted work may be used for promotion and advocacy of the festivals of the arts and arts education.