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Section 229 – General Information

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263


  • Refer to Section 230 for specific Categories and detailed descriptions
  • Refer to Section 231 for specific information about the TAPPS State Art Competition
  • Refer to art page for all current news briefs on the Art Competition.
  1. NO group projects with the exception of Short Film.
  2. Rules, news briefs, and important art-only information will be posted on the art page of the TAPPS website.


    All artwork must have been done within the last two school years with the exception of Senior Portfolio.


    Any one student may not enter more than 2 pieces in any one category 1-14 .


    Schools will have the opportunity to enter a maximum of 3 entries per category 1-14.

  6. Schools will have the opportunity to enter the following:

    • unlimited Art History (cat. 17) students (test will be offered once, and all schools will need to enter their students into tappster on or before selected school test date.  All students must test at the same selected time)
    • unlimited Senior Portfolio (cat. 15) submissions. In order for seniors to compete in this category, schools must have their entry into TAPPSTER no later than the date posted on the TAPPS website.
    • a maximum of Three (3) On-Site Drawing (cat. 16) entries
    • a maximum of Three (3) Seek and Sketch Black/White (cat. 18) entries
    • a maximum of Three (3) Seek and Sketch Color (cat. 19) entries
    • a 

      maximum of Nine (9) Short Films (cat. 20) (3 per subcategory).


    No entry can be re-entered into the State Competition after placing 1st through 8th in any previous year, in any category, except for Senior Portfolios (previous works that have placed may be entered in the set of 6 total works).

  8. Students may sign their work.
  9. There are size limitations on work being entered in the competition. Please review Section 230 for each category description for further information on specific size limits by category. 
  10. Artwork must be set flat on the tables ready for judging.  ONLY categories 10 (Sculpture), 12 (Fashion, etc), and 14 (pottery) will be allowed to be presented vertically.  No easels or frames can be used.
  11. No batteries, electricity, running water or other outside influences are to be functioning while at the competition in any work of art.
  12. All entries are to be input into TAPPSTER
  13. Before schools can enter student entries they must take and pass the SCOPE Test and submit their Student Eligibility form. All these are located on
  14. The TAPPS Art Competition will close for all adds, deletes and changes on the date posted on the TAPPS website.
    • Once the competition has closed for all changes, adds, and deletes, schools will NOT be able to make changes to their entries on TAPPSter
    • Late entries are subject to double fees, school sanctions, and the possibility of not competing.
    • Student substitutions ONLY (no additions) for categories 16 (On-site Drawing), 18 (Seek B/W), 19 (Seek Color) can be made at registration.  Fees are due for all registered entries regardless of actual participation. 
    • Senior portfolio selections do not move into other categories. They remain together as a set of six.  Duplicates of photography, printmaking, computer generated, and communication design work may not be entered in other categories. 
    • The 1st round of portfolio judging will be in the form of a digital submission of all 6 works of art. A Senior Portfolio packet with instructions and all necessary documentation necessary will be available on the TAPPS website (click on art page).
      • Ten (10) Portfolios in each Division will move on to the 2nd round of judging to take place at the TAPPS State Art Competition.
      • If a school has an advancing portfolio(s) they will be notified before the entry deadline.  
      • All portfolios advancing to State will place 1st through 8th with 2 HM and be provided with an opportunity for critique.
      • After the Senior Portfolio notification deadline, non-advancing senior portfolio individual works which meet qualifications may be entered into TAPPSter and counted as part of the category 1-14 works a school can bring to the State Competition.
    • Must be matted or mounted, except for work done on canvas/panel.  Maximum mat/mount size may not exceed 2″ in any direction, but may be flush with the work.
    • Black or white mats/mounts only.
    • Single mats only – no multiple, layered mats allowed.
    • Once a school receives their labels at registration they are to be put onto the front lower right hand corner of the artwork.
    • Must have a black/white mat no larger than 3″x 4″ next to the work for the label.
    • Once a school receives their official TAPPSter labels at registration, they are to be put onto the matboard and then placed next to the work of art. Categories possibly affected are 5 (Painting), 10 (Sculpture), 11 (Relief), 12 (Fashion), 13 (Applied Design), 14 (Pottery).
    • For the purpose of TAPPS Art Competition, direct reproduction of another artist’s work or images off the internet (non-public domain) is prohibited.
    • Copying a published photograph, painting, or drawing is ILLEGAL, not just undesirable, and the work will be disqualified from competition.
    • Trademarked or copyrighted source material is prohibited, including but not limited to: video game or comic book characters, T.V. or film sources/personalities/concepts, entertainment, etc. 
    • All students are encouraged to use personal photographs and imagination in place of other people’s work such as magazines, books, and the internet, but are allowed use of public domain material in Category 3 (Communication Design) ONLY. 
      • If students choose to use PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES in Category 3:
        1. Students must include a copy of the Public Domain image/images as part of their documentation.
        2. On the same page with the public domain image, the release of copyright must also be visible in writing along with the website html designation.
        3. Accepted Public Domain documentation examples and sources can be found on the website under the art page.
        4. Conclusions: Understand “public domain” as the permission to freely use (display, modify, print, etc.) an image without asking permission from the image author. However, it is still your responsibility, to make sure depicted content (people, logos, private property, etc.) is suitable for application and does not infringe any rights.
        5. Authentic Public Domain images, with correct documentation, can be rendered without having to be changed 3 ways.
      • Student-taken images must have a copy of the photo/photos and completed Artwork Information Form included in documentation and on the back of the piece.
      • Non Student-taken images must have a copy of the photo/photos and completed Artwork Information Form with the permission filled out from the original photographer.  Non-student photos can be rendered without having to change them as long as the student has permission (via the Artwork Information Form).
      • Regardless of photo source, if there is a recognizable person there MUST be a Signed Model Release on the Artwork Information Form.  If more than one recognizable person is present in work, additional forms need to be signed and included with documentation.  If work is a self-portrait, check the self-portrait space and complete model release as stated. 
  19. DOCUMENTATION: To avoid work being disqualified:
    • Schools will assemble a notebook with the following included in it:
      • All signed and completed Artwork Information Forms will be included for all artwork entered.
      • Teacher or Representative contact information for the duration of the Competition
      • iii. Inventory Forms
      • Fee Form
      • Fee Check
      • Schools will have all artwork verified at registration and approved to be placed in the facility.
      • vii. Schools will be provided with all official TAPPSter labels at registration.
      • viii. Schools will be provided with a state schedule and any other State information necessary.
      • This notebook will stay in the facility for the duration of the competition.
      • Once registration is complete, schools will be able to place their work in the facility.
      • Schools may be allowed to provide proper documentation until check-in is complete. Proper documentation includes:
        • Artwork Information Form which includes: Model release and student and teacher signatures
        • Source photos
    • TAPPS artwork may not include:
      • NUDITY
        • NUDITY is not permitted in TAPPS artwork.
        • The human body will be clothed with no exposure or implied exposure of skin from the arm-pit to 3 inches above the knees.
        • The only exception for a study of the human form with less restriction will be the portrayal of Jesus during the scourging, hanging on the cross, or burial – each with the appropriate garb.
      • profane references to anything,
      •  obscene language
      • extreme violence
      • self mutilation
      • any content that offends the moral standards of the community, fellow peers, and the TAPPS Board of Directors and Officers.
      • Any attempt to override the restrictions will cause the artwork to be disqualified.
      • All students must be listed on the Eligibility Form.
      • This form must be filled out on TAPPSTER and submitted electronically to TAPPS.
      • This form must be submitted prior to competing in any TAPPS Competitions.