DVCCC's 2021 Student Art Contest:

Theme: 45 Years of Empowerment

  • Thu, Nov 19
    Virtual Art Contest and Reception
    DVCCC 5th Annual Student Art Contest
    All Chester County High School Students are invited to participate in our 5th Annual Student Art Contest: “45 Years of Empowerment” to celebrate DVCCC’s 45th Anniversary!

Contest Details:

The Domestic Violence Center of Chester County (DVCCC) provides free and confidential services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and their dependent children. Throughout 2021, we are celebrating our 45th Anniversary of serving the Chester County community with the theme: “45 Years of Empowerment.” For the 5th year, DVCCC is hoping to highlight the talent of young artists through holding a competition open to all high school students in Chester County. This year’s contest will be virtual – featured on DVCCC’s social media pages and website – and all entries will be displayed publicly at a prominent and accessible location within Chester County (to be determined). What an excellent opportunity for exposure and experience!

  • Students should preregister for the competition using the registry link (above) by Friday, March 19, 2021.

  • Artwork will be due/needs to be arranged for drop-off to DVCCC by Monday, March 29, 2021.

  • Artwork will be featured online and displayed publicly throughout the week of April 5 - 9th with a Virtual Reception on April 10th from 12-2pm to announce and celebrate the winners and all participants!

The exhibit will feature only work submitted to the contest from high school students (GRADES 9-12) from throughout Chester County. Students should use “All That’s Purple” and the 45th Anniversary Theme: “45 Years of Empowerment” as inspiration for their artwork.

Judging and Awards

A panel of VIP jurors will judge the entries to determine the winners, led by Victoria Wyeth, granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth. All decisions made by the panel are final. Prizes (details TBA) will be awarded to our First, Second, and Third prize winners as well as to the People’s Choice artist.

Registration and Submission Drop-off

  • Students should preregister by Friday, March 19, 2021. Preregistration is for spacing planning only; names will not be used for fundraising.

  • Artwork submissions accompanied with a registration form must be delivered to DVCCC staff/volunteers by Monday, March 29, 2021. Submissions are limited to two per student.

  • Each submission must have a registration form (click here to download form) securely attached to the back of the art, regardless of preregistration.

  • Form must include entrant's name, address, cell phone number, email address - for contest communication purposes only (click here to download form).

Exhibit Opening and Awards Ceremony

There will be a Virtual Reception for the exhibit and a presentation of awards on Zoom (email invitation will be sent to all registrants) on Saturday, April 10th from 12-2pm. All students are strongly urged to attend in order to accept their prize.

Artwork Pickup

The exhibit ends Saturday, April 10th, following the Virtual Reception. All submitted artwork must be arranged for pick up from DVCCC staff/volunteers from Monday, April 12 – Friday, April 16th. Please note: DVCCC and the public artwork display host (TBA) are not responsible for lost, stolen, damaged or unclaimed artwork.

Artwork Requirements and Rules

  • The entrant must create the original piece of visual art, unassisted.

  • Entries may be made on a flat or semi-flat surface so that they may be hung for display.

  • Artwork must have wire securely attached to the back/top for proper hanging.

  • We cannot accept any sculptures or other three-dimensional works for this exhibit.

  • Submissions are limited to two per person.

  • The required size for artwork is anything not greater than 36 inches x 36 inches and not weighing more than 10 lbs.

  • It is not necessary for works to be framed but they must be properly prepared for display on a wall or other vertical hanging surface.

  • Mediums may include, but are not limited to: ink, charcoal, pencil, paint, and mixed media.

  • Entries will be judged on their creative use of the “All That’s Purple” anniversary theme “45 Years of Empowerment,” as well as composition, execution, use of color, and originality of design.

  • DVCCC retains the rights to reproduce the winning image in 45th Anniversary promotional materials.

Download the Registration and Rules Here!

DVCCC's 2019-2020 Student Art Contest!

The 4th Annual High School Art Competition

Theme: All That's Purple "Together We Can"

Friends of the DVCCC, the Exton Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the National Arts Program once joined forces to highlight the talent of young artists in Chester County! We are consistently impressed by the level of talent, creativity, and depth of understanding of these students.

1. The First Place Winner was an untitled piece by Mariel Dinatale (Unionville High School)

2. Second Place went to Francille Zhuang (Unionville High School) for

"What Do You Call a Flock of Starlings? A Murmur!"

3. Third Place winner, Sophie Collet (Phoenixville High School) won for her piece, "Courage."

We are honored to have such talented guest judges each year - and especially a group that regularly supports our mission and services! From left, West Chester Mayor Dianne Herrin, Meg Wolensky, Jackie Szafara of the National Arts Program, Victoria Wyeth, and Adrian Martinez.

Participating students pose with their inspirational work at the Exton Regional Chamber of Commerce offices in the Exton Mall. This exhibit is worth checking out and is open for viewing all month long!

Hundreds of you voted - online and in person! - for the PEOPLE'S CHOICE Award portion of our High School Student Art Contest and the winner is,


"Hand in Hand" 🏆

Congratulations, Maria Coll, of Phoenixville Area High School!

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Last update: September 2020