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i. The TAPPS State Art Competition is a 2 day event.

ii. The competition to be divided into six classifications.

iii. The final judging of Senior Portfolios (category 12) will take place competition

iv. The judging of categories 13, 15, 16 will take place during competition.
v. Category 17 winners will have their films shown during the competition.


i. The TAPPS State Art Competition will close for all adds, deletes and changes as shown on the TAPPS calendar.
ii. Once the competition has closed for all changes, adds, and deletes, schools will be able to make changes to their entries on TAPPSter.

iii. Late entries are subject to double fees, school sanctions, and the possibility of not competing.

iv.  Student substitutions ONLY (no additions) for categories 13, 15, 16 can be made until the date posted on the TAPPS website.  Substitutions for these categories will be made through our CONTACT US link.  
v. TAPPSter results during the competition will be posted as soon as they are verified.


i. It is the responsibility of the art teacher (s), school representative (s), and school to be aware of all due
dates, and adhere to them; and to understand and apply the guidelines and rules found within the art
manual. These rules can be found posted in the art section of the TAPPS website.
ii. Missed deadlines can result in double fees, sanctions, and a school not being able to compete.
iii. The art teacher and or a representative of the school must accompany students and the artwork to the
competition. He/she will be responsible for registration, bringing the school notebook, placing the
labels on the artwork, placing the artwork in the venue, picking up artwork at the end of the day, and
chaperoning students.
iv. Responsibility to familiarize and knowledge of TAPPS art rules and guidelines.
v. It’s the Teacher and or school representative responsibility to complete the SCOPE art test (found on
vi. Completing the Student eligibility form and submitting prior to competition.

a. To avoid work being disqualified:

i. Schools will assemble a notebook with all their documentation included. This will be presented at registration. Using a five tab system put all documentation in this order:

a. 1st tab – paperwork for artwork coming to the competition (25 works).

i. Artwork Information Form for each work of art. Staple all necessary photos and or other information to each form as necessary. Make sure all forms are signed by both teacher and student. This form is on TAPPS website.

b. 2nd tab – contact information for teacher, administrator and or school representative.

c. 3rd tab – Inventory Forms for artwork coming to the competition printed from TAPPSter.

d. 4th tab – Fee Form – printed from TAPPSTER and school check

e. 5th tab – Inventory Forms for categories 13-17 with student names printed from TAPPSter.

f. Schools will have all artwork verified at registration and approved to be placed in the

g. Schools will be provided with all official TAPPSter labels at registration (for all categories 1-16).

h. This notebook will stay in the venue for the duration of the competition.

i. Once registration is complete, schools will be able to place their work in the venue.

j. Schools may be allowed to provide proper documentation until close of registration on the first day for all schools.

k. Proper documentation includes:

i.  Artwork Information Form for EVERY ENTRY which includes Model release, source info, and student and teacher signature. 

ii.  Source Photos

iii.  Talent and location releases for Short Film.  


Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

a. Technique – the use of media and tools (execution and technical skills). The student chooses and controls media and tools effectively to enhance the appearance of the work.

b. Personal Expression – the level of imagination, creativity and individuality. The expression is unique and the concept presented in a fresh way that is imaginative and inventive.

c. Organization – The use of elements and principals of art, effectively choosing those which enhance the overall appearance of the work.

d. Integration – the work integrates technique, expression, and organization through aesthetic and critical judgment to achieve an effective interpretation.

e. Judges will be provided by TAPPS.
f. Judges will not have any affiliation with any TAPPS schools.
g. Decisions of the judges will be final.

a. The OFFICIAL TAPPSter LABELS will be generated and handed out at registration to each school once their
artwork is verified.
i. Once a school has received their official TAPPSter labels they are to be affixed to the front lower right hand
corner of the mat on a 2D work of art. And for 3D works affixed to the school provided matboard and
placed next to the work.
ii. All official TAPPSter labels will be printed by TAPPS.

a. State Judging Fee $30.00 per school entering any number of works into the TAPPS Art Competition.
b. Categories 1-11 $10.00 per entry
c. Category 12 – Senior Portfolio – $10.00 per portfolio entered. To be paid at state with other entries.
d. Category – 14 Art History $10.00. To be paid at state with other entries.
d. Categories 13, 15, 16 (On-Site Drawing, Seek and Sketch,) $20.00 per entry
e. Category 17 $30.00 per submission with a maximum of 9 submissions. Fees to be included on the State Art Fee Form and paid at State Art Competition.

i. Categories 1-16 will place 1st through 8th.
ii. Two Honorable Mentions awarded in each category 1-16.
iii.There are no Ties
iv. Points awarded as follows:
a. 1st place – 10
b. 2nd place – 8
c. 3rd place – 6
d. 4th place – 5
e. 5th place – 4
f. 6th place – 3
g. 7th place – 2
h. 8th place – 1
g. HM – no points


a. TAPPS assumes no responsibility for
i. Loss
ii. Damage
iii. Or breakage of art.
iv. Those that submit breakable objects should understand that they do so at their own risk.
v. Artwork is not to be “finished” fixed or added to once it is placed in the gym for judging. Work in question will be removed from competition.
vi. All artwork left behind after the competition will be discarded.