HS VASE Overview
Online registration opens in November and closes in January.
Regional Events are held on Saturdays during the month of February.
Only academically eligible senior high students in grades 9-12 can enter a maximum of two original artworks.
Teachers are responsible for registering online at https://www.taea.org/vase.
Teachers must submit all required forms on-line, and they must verify if a student is academically eligible to participate.
Students must attend the Regional Event and have their original artwork with them at the time of their adjudication. All student artworks are "qualified" by a qualification panel prior to being juried. Artwork not meeting the qualification standards will be disqualified.
Jurors evaluate artwork using a numeric rating system based on an established rubric.
Artworks receiving a Superior Rating (IV) are presented a Regional Medal.
A set percentage of artworks with Superior Ratings advance to the State Event held annually in April.
Artworks qualified to advance to state are presented an Area Medal.
The original state qualified artwork is held by the Regional Director and transported to the state event.
Students are not interviewed at the State Event.
A panel of jurors evaluates each state entry to determine the degree that each work demonstrates originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the TEKS, and the interpretation of the student's stated intent.
The state jury panel evaluates qualified artwork using a numeric rating system based on an established state rubric.
Artworks receiving an Exemplary Rating (IV) are awarded the State VASE medallion.
The state jury panel will select Distinguished Gold Seal winners from those artworks receiving an Exemplary Rating (IV).
Special Recognition & Contributions
Each student that enters receives a Certificate of Merit for having his or her artwork selected to participate at the Regional level. Regional medal awards are presented to students who receive Superior Rating (IV) at the Regional Event. State medallions are presented to students who receive an Exemplary Rating (IV) at the state event. Gold Seal medallions are awarded to artworks selected as Distinguished.