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The Delaware Foundation for the Visual Arts Excellence in Drawing Program was initiated to stimulate interest in the arts and to give recognition to the Delaware high school artist. We have concentrated on drawing because this is the traditional time honored method of study that ensures a strong foundation for future 
artistic development.


• A minimum of thirteen drawings will be selected for the 2015 Calendar.
• The "Neilson Carlin Award". The Award offers a series of lessons to be held at Mr. Carlin's studio in 
Kennett Square, PA. . 
• The “Riva Brown Award” for excellence in lettering, calligraphy or illumination. Artwork may be submitted as part of a drawing or by itself. The award will consist of private sessions held at the artist’s studio in Wilmington, Delaware.
• The “Cynthia Swanson” award. This is a series of four private lessons given at the artist’s studio in Avondale Pennsylvania. Each lesson is 1 1/2 to 2 hours long. Student may chose from oil, acrylic, watercolor, drawing, pastel, or portfolio preparation.
Note: Students receiving these awards must provide their own transportation to the artists’ studios.

Students in grades nine through twelve who are presently attending high school in Delaware may submit drawings. Participating seniors are invited to enter the DFVA scholarship contest. Please refer to the scholarship entry instructions.

Drawings must be original and the unique creation of the student.
Work should be based primarily on personal observation.
Only original photographs taken by the artist should be used for reference.
No work may be directly copied from any published or unpublished source.
Drawings may be in pencil, ink, or charcoal. Black and white scratchboard is also acceptable.
Each applicant may submit one drawing.
No computer artwork is eligible for the competition.
Size of the drawings may range between 8 x 10 to 20 x 24 inches, with a differential no greater than 4 inches. (8x12, 12x16, 16x20, 20x24)
Drawings must be matted and unframed. Please attach artwork to a backing board for protection
The photographer removes the matting in order to take photographs for printing in the calendar. Use a top hinge mat to facilitate removal. Do not glue your mat board to the backboard.
Use a cover sheet to prevent smearing. Clean newsprint paper is acceptable for this. The application form filled in completely must be taped to the back of each entry. Please note the instructions to use black marker on the lower part of the application form. This part of the form will be removed and photographed for record keeping purposes and must be dark, large, and legible. Any illegible entries will be disqualified. Please type or neatly print all information. 

The selected artwork will be on display at the DFVA Spring Art Show at The Hagley Soda House, in Greenville, DE. The show will be on March 7, 8 and 9, 2014. The student reception will be on Sunday, March 9 from 1-2 PM.

The judge for the 2015 Excellence in Drawing Calendar Competion will be Neilson Carlin from Studio Rilievor and Disegno Academy in Kennett Square, PA.

Mr. Carlin will look for the following characteristics:
Imaginative content
Technical drawing skill
Personal style
Subject matter may range anywhere from traditional still life to abstract design.

The following recommendations are made to help you submit your drawings.
Light pencil drawings do not reproduce well and therefore cannot be selected for the calendar.
Drawings labeled untitled are more vulnerable to error in the listing, handling and printing process. Use your imagination. Give all drawings a title.

Additional Information
Drawings are not insured and the DFVA does not accept liability for damage or theft.
Judging will be based on originality, execution, neatness and overall ability to follow directions.
Drawings selected for calendar will be exhibited at the DFVA Spring Art Show. This exhibition will be held at the Hagley Museum in Greenville, Delaware.


Please send all artwork entries via US mail to:
c/o Michele M. Foster
PO Box 298
Rockland, Delaware 19732
Label: Artwork - Do Not Bend


Please read the following information carefully. 
The DFVA will offer five awards. The recipient may use the award at any school. If the recipient chooses to go the Delaware College of Art and Design, DCAD will match the amount of the DFVA award. This will double the amount of the of the award for those students choosing to go to the Delaware College of Art and Design. The Delaware College of Art and Design, located in Wilmington Delaware, is a partnership between Pratt Institute in New York City and the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC. For information about DCAD please call the school at 302-622-8000, or visit the website at

Only two dimensional works may be submitted for consideration in the portfolio. Digital photography, graphic design and digital art entries are not permitted. Portfolios should represent a consistency in quality and style.

The judge for the 2015 Scholarship Competion will be Neilson Carlin from Studio Rilievor and Disegno Academy in Kennett Square, PA.
Application forms must be complete and neatly printed.
A letter of recommendation from your art instructor is required. This may be included with the application.
Up to six works may be submitted for consideration
Work should be submitted on a CD disc jpeg format only and must be readable on both a PC and a Mac. 
Include a numbered list of work which includes title, size and medium.
Submit only one picture of two dimensional work.

$2000 First Place Award
$1000 Second Place Award
$750 Third Place Award
$500 Fourth Award
$300 Fifth Place Award

The DFVA will send the awards directly to the colleges or universities to be deposited into the studen's account. Remember, the above amounts are doubled through the Matching Program if the student is attending the Delaware College of Art and Design.

Applicants must be high school seniors attending a Delaware High School who have submitted a drawing to the DFVA 2015 Excellence in Drawing Competition, and plan to major in a visual art.

If you wish to have the CD returned, include a self-addressed stamped mailer/envelope

Please send all artwork entries via US mail to:
c/o Michele M. Foster
PO Box 298
Rockland, DE 19732

If you have any questions, please contact Michele M. Foster at .