The Minnesota State High School League Section Visual Art Competitions are held across the State of Minnesota. At each Section competition, students may receive a Superior Level or Excellent Level award. Judges at each competition also select works to receive Spotlight on the Art Awards.
The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) is a voluntary, non-profit association for the support and governance of interscholastic activities at high schools in Minnesota, The association supports interscholastic athletics and fine arts programs for member schools. As of 2010, the organization cited a membership of nearly 500 public and private schools, including home schools, charter schools and 435 high schools.
High schools are limited to 18 works per school with no more than 6 works in any one of the 12 categories that works can be submitted in. Students whose works receive the Spotlight on the Arts Award pins are invited to have those art works entered into the Judges' Choice Spotlight on the Arts Award exhibition that takes place at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minnesota.
Due to Covid-19 the 2021 MSHSL Visual Arts Section Competitions had to be held virtually. Click HERE for the link to the results from the virtual 2021 MSHSL Section 4AA / 5AA Visual Arts Competition: