Hiddenite, NC – The Youth Division of the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition will be featured in the Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery during the month of March.

The Regional Artist Exhibit and Competition Youth Division is open to all students in grades K-12. The deadline for entry in the Youth Division is February 20 by 4:00pm. Work submitted after the designated date and time will not be accepted for the competition. All work should be submitted to the Center’s Lucas Mansion, which is located at 316 Hiddenite Church Road in Alexander County.

Interested artists are encouraged to contact the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center at (828) 632-6966 to receive entry forms for participation. Entry forms are also available at www.hiddenitearts.org and at the Center’s Lucas Mansion upon request.

Due to the expansion of this series, each participant is able to submit a maximum of 2 pieces per student. Artists are asked to submit current works completed in March 2019 – February 2020 and are encouraged to designate a priority for presentation of each piece in the event that exhibit space may become limited. All media is accepted for the youth divisions.

Last year’s first place winners in the Youth Division are encouraged to exhibit, but will not be eligible to win again in the same category.

All entries must have a Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center entry form attached to the back of each work, and each piece must be equipped with a sturdy device suitable for hanging. All works on paper, etc. must be matted or mounted for exhibit. Any framed work must be wired for hanging. Display pedestals for three-dimensional works will be provided. Where applicable, 3-D works may be displayed on mantles or existing furniture. Any special arrangements regarding display should be discussed with gallery curator prior to entry. If a work falls due to poor hanging device, the work will not be re-hung and will not be eligible for judging.

All competition entries will be viewed by a qualified judge who will select one first place winner in each category; additional awards may be given at the judge’s discretion. An award will be given to each first place winner. Ribbons will be awarded to first place and honorable mention entries.

A Meet the Artists Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 1, in honor of all Youth Division participants. The reception will be held in the Lucas Mansion Gallery from 3pm until 4:30pm. Awards will be announced at 3:30pm. Light refreshments will be served and the event is free and open to the public. The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.