North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities Competition Rules

  1. Art Showcase
  1. Registration. All participating schools must register before the competition according to Rule IX of NCASA Competition Rules. Each school may register just one team.
  2. Withdrawal. Schools that choose to not participate in a Competition after registering to participate in that Competition must notify NCASA.
  1. Registered schools that withdraw from the Competition during the Competition registration period will not pay a penalty.
  2. Registered schools that withdraw from a Competition after the conclusion of the Pre-Competition Registration period must pay a penalty.
  1. Registered schools that withdraw from a competition eight (8) or more days prior to the day of the competition must pay a $30 penalty.
  2. Registered schools that withdraw from a competition between eight (8) and one (1) day prior to the day of the competition must pay a $50 penalty.
  3. Registered schools that withdraw from a competition less than twenty-four (24) hours prior to the start of the On-Site Registration period shall incur a $100 penalty.
  1. Penalties for withdrawal from a competition may be waived at the discretion of NCASA.
  1. Volunteer.
  1. Each team must provide a volunteer to help administer the competition.
  2. Details for volunteer arrival time will be sent to all Coaches prior to each competition.
  3. Teams failing to furnish the necessary volunteer will have the Coach serve in that role.
  4. If the coach is unwilling or unable to serve as Volunteer, the team will forfeit.
  1. Check-in. NCASA will publish a “check-in” period for the competition at least a week prior to the day of the live competition.
  1. A representative from each school must check-in during this time period.
  2. Late check-ins may be accepted at the discretion of the competition director.
  1. Team Composition
  1. Coach – one individual who is not a student may serve as a Coach.
  2. Competitors - eligible students from a Member School that submit a work for the competition.
  1. Competition
  1. On the designated date, the theme will be published to all registered schools.
  2. Work may not begin on the submission until the theme is published.
  3. Following submission of the photographs, coaches are to maintain possession of the works.
  4. The work submitted by students must be their own.
  5. Works may not be altered after their photograph is submitted.
  1. Submitted works guidelines
  1. Except for sculpture, submitted works may not exceed 24” x 36” or 4” in depth. Submission size limits do not include matting or framing.
  2. Each team is permitted one submission per medium, for a maximum of eight submissions.
  3. Each student may submit just one work.
  4. Submitted works may not identify the school or student in the work itself. Students should use “Central Middle or High School” if a school name is required as part of the work.
  5. The media categories are as follows:
  1. Painting: pigment applied to a two-dimensional surface using oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any flat surface.
  2. Drawing: original art drawn on a two-dimensional surface using pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, crayon, scratchboard, marker, etc.
  3. Print making: art made by the process of printing on a flat surface using monotype, collograph, woodcut/linocut, intaglio, lithography, etching, silkscreen printing, etc.
  4. Collage: use of various materials such as photographs, paper, or fabric which are cut, arranged, and adhered to a backing. The collage may not have additional drawing or painting added to the cut pieces. A work of this nature would fit into the Mixed Media category.
  5. Computer Generated Art: works captured by a digital camera and heavily collaged or manipulated to produce digital multimedia work. The production of digital art relies entirely upon computer software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, CorelDraw, or other graphics editing programs. Examples include digital collages, photo manipulation, digital painting, and fractal art
  6. Mixed Media: art made from more than one medium, usually with a three-dimensional element using collage, assemblage, cut paper, handmade paper, batik, fiber-based art; fine art books, etc. This may include a combination of all media including digital, painting, and drawing. (Combinations of painting and drawing applied only to one surface should be submitted to either the Painting or Drawing categories.)
  7. Photography: images captured by either an analog or digital camera and viewed as a print. Examples include: black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc. Works that are digitally collaged, cloned, layered, merged, distorted, or heavily manipulated with computer software must be submitted in the Computer-generated Art category. A photography consent form must be completed for each submission.
  8. Sculpture: three-dimensional objects created by carving, casting, or other shaping techniques. Materials may include but not limited to clay, cardboard, metal, acrylic, wood, glass, stone, marble, textiles, and plastics. Size not to exceed 12" x 12" x 24".
  1. Submission Guidelines
  1. Photographs of works will be submitted for the Regional Competition according to the following guidelines. Coaches will be notified of the details of the submission procedure (email, upload to website, etc.)
  1. One photograph may be submitted for each work, except:
  2. Three photographs may be submitted for Mixed Media and Sculpture.
  3. Each photograph is limited to 10 megabytes.
  1. Works submitted after the submission deadline will not be accepted.
  2. The photographs themselves may not include any information which could identify the school or student. NCASA will notify coaches on how to properly identify their submissions.
  3. Submissions advancing to the State Finals may be matted or mounted. Use mat or poster board, preferably white. Canvas work does not need to be matted, but must be wired. Glass or wood frames are acceptable if they have hanging wire on the back.
  4. Submissions advancing to the State Finals may include a statement of up to fifty words about the creation of their submission.
  5. Submissions advancing to the State Finals will be hung or placed by NCASA or the host school with assistance from the participating school. Schools will receive specific instructions from NCASA on how to prepare their works to be shown.
  6. All submissions remain property of their creator, but NCASA retains the right to use images of the submissions for the purpose of marketing the association.
  1. Adjudication and Scoring
  1. The NCASA Art Showcase Rubric will be used to score each submission.
  2. For the Regional Competition, qualified judges will score submissions based on the submitted pictures.
  3. For the State Finals, judges will score the submissions while viewing them live.
  4. The scores from all rubrics will be averaged to determine the final score for each submission.
  5. Judges will review the three highest scoring submissions in each category to determine the winning submission in each category. This final step of adjudication will not affect the actual rubric score of any submission. Therefore the submission with the highest rubric score may not be the winning submission for the given category.
  1. Ranking and Advancement
  1. The top five final scores for each school will be combined to create the overall team score.
  2. Schools may submit as few as one entry. Non-entries will be scored as “zero” for the purpose of calculating the team score.
  3. Team scores will be ranked to determine advancement and final rankings.
  4. The number of teams advancing to the State Finals will be determined and publicized to all participating schools following registration and prior to the submission deadline.
  5. The best individual submission from each region in each media will also advance to the State Finals to compete for an individual award even if their team does not advance to the State Final.
  6. The following tiebreakers will be used to break all ties:
  1. The sixth place submission score for all tied teams will be compared to determine the winner.
  2. If still tied, the seventh (then eighth) place submission score for all tied teams will be compared to determine the winner.
  3. If two or more teams are still tied, the teams will be declared tied.
  1. NCASA reserves the right to combine Regions with few entries.