Future Choices

Visual Arts Competition

Now in its 36th year, Future Choices recognizes and celebrates the talent and passion of our region’s high school students. Open to grades 9 through 12, this competition and exhibition are adjudicated by a panel of fine arts professionals.


Students whose work is selected will have their pieces displayed in a gallery show at the Sill House Gallery of the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts for three weeks. Categories include Ceramics, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Prints, Sculpture, Digital Art, and Video. The exhibition is free and open to the public. High schools are recognized for the efforts in keeping the arts a vibrant part of the curriculum.

Benefits for the Artist

  • Work is reviewed by a panel of professional artists

  • Work juried into the show is exhibited in a professional gallery space at Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, for three weeks (six days per week)

  • Opportunities exist to be part of the committee that assists with outreach, submissions, hanging, reception, and de-installation

  • Catalogs are produced with complete listings of the artwork, students, high schools, grades, and teachers

  • An Artists’ Reception is hosted by Shoreline Arts Alliance for students, family members, and teachers

  • Five painters will receive special invitations to apply for the Jeffrey Dobbs Scholarship for Excellence in Painting as part of Shoreline Arts Alliance's Scholarships in the Arts: Top Talent Awards. These five painter's submission fees will be waived should they choose to apply.

Submission of Work

  • Submission Dates: March 2 - 4, 2020 from 2:30pm – 5pm (In case of snow we will add March 5 - 6, 2020 from 2:30 pm - 5 pm if needed). Work is to be dropped of at the Sill House Gallery, at Lyme Academy of Fine Art, 84 Lyme St., Old Lyme CT, 06371* All work must be delivered during these times either by the artist, a teacher, or a responsible person as designated by the artist unless prior arrangements have been made with the office.

  • Submission Fee: $5 per piece – Maximum of three pieces per student. Cash or checks made payable to Shoreline Arts Alliance are acceptable

  • Exhibition: March 17, 2020 - March 29, 2020, 2- 4PM, Thursday hours 2-7 PM

  • Awards Reception: Saturday, March 21, 2020 starting at 10 am 




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