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Junior VASE — Rules and Procedures

JRVASE Rules & Policies


Junior VASE artwork is assigned to the art level the student is currently enrolled in. For example, Division 1 being students in or completed Level 1.

All Artwork

  • Titles of artwork need to be descriptive.

    The titles need to be a one-of-a-kind

    • Painting at Lake Blue
    • Valued drawing of a dream
    • Abstract in blue and red fields
    • Portrait of Amy acting silly
    • My self-portrait in blue
    • Still life of Mexico

    No generic titles are acceptable:

    • Painting
    • Drawing #1
    • Abstract
    • Portrait
    • Self-portrait
    • Still life
  • No untitled artwork.

Specifications for 2-D Artwork

  • 2-D works must be matted or mounted on sturdy white or black frame/or paper with no liners or additional inner mats.
  • The artwork cannot exceed 24 x 36, including the matte.
  • All artworks must be dry or fixed.
  • All 2-D work should have a protective cover sheet.
  • Sources must be on the back-sketches, photographs, or production notes. (This especially applies to photography.)

Specifications for 3-D Artwork

  • 3-D work must be sturdy and able to stand alone without support.
  • If a sculpture has a base, the base must be attached.
  • 3-D work must be in a sturdy box : label and include photo on side of box.
  • The Student Intent and Artwork Identification Form along with all references must be attached to the artwork and to the outside of the packing box.


  • Artwork should be created solely and exclusively by the student.
  • All works must be original works; no pattern art or copy work. Teachers will certify the artwork is original by signing the entry form.
  • Students may copy a photograph as long as it is a photograph taken by the student artist, is student-directed, taken by a family member or from an old family photo. It may not be from a photo taken by a professional.
  • Artwork cannot be a copy or reproduction of a published image, photograph, how-to- book, "step-by step follow me instructions assignment", magazine, art history image, Pinterest image, or from the Internet.
  • Artwork cannot be created by tracing with overhead / opaque projector or by any other technical means.
  • Attach references to the back of the artwork — sketches, production notes, or photographs.

Disqualification Policy

Artworks not meeting the Junior VASE entry and eligibility regulations will be disqualified. Disqualified artwork may complete the jury process without receiving a score. The Regional Juror Rating Form will be marked with a DQ in the Rating Box and a no score.

Artwork may be disqualified if one of more of the following is violated:

  • Teacher is not a member in good standing with TAEA.
  • The official information on any of the student paperwork has been altered.
  • The description on the Student Intent & Artwork Identification Form does not reflect the artwork.
  • Teacher fails to fulfill payment by the event date.
  • Official paperwork was not turned in with the artworks.
  • Regional Entry Certification Form is not signed by the principal.
  • 2-D or 3-D artwork does fulfill the rules.
  • Artwork does not fulfill the definition of an original artwork. No Internet source on the back of artwork — this is the top reason for DQ.

Damage Or Loss Policy

While every effort will be made to prevent damage to any work of art, neither TAEA nor the host School/District will be held responsible for the theft, loss, or damage of works entered in Junior VASE.

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