Call for Submissions | Mingei International Museum

Submissions are now open! Inspired by work in African by Design: Form, Shape, and Pattern in African Craft, high school students are asked to create work inspired by patterns and designs they see everyday in their own environment. All student work submitted must be made by hand by high schoolers during the 2022/2023 school year. Mingei welcomes all craft forms including, but not limited to clay, metal, jewelry, furniture design, glass, textiles, weaving, basketry, fashion design, and craft-based mixed media.

This exhibition is designed to celebrate important craft traditions that continue to be taught, practiced, and supported at high schools across San Diego county. 

How do I find inspiration around me?

  1. LOOK. Start by looking around you, wherever you are, for ten minutes. What strong patterns, repetitions, and designs do you see?
  2. LISTEN. What do you hear?
  3. DESCRIBE. Ask yourself what you’re seeing and hearing – is there symmetry? Can you identify a consistent pattern or alternating rhythm? Which colors, shapes, or sounds repeat?
  4. FEEL. Think about how what you’re seeing and hearing makes you feel. What does it remind you of? Why does it remind you of that?
  5. INTERPRET. Finally, what can you create to convey that feeling?


  • Each teacher will be allowed to submit 20 works total
  • Only one work per student will be selected for the exhibition; however, up to 3 works may be submitted for consideration
  • All works must have been completed during the 2022/2023 school year by a current high school student
  • All work must be created using craft-based mediums; this includes but is not limited to clay, metal, jewelry, furniture design, glass, textiles, weaving, basketry, fashion design, and craft-based mixed media

ENTRY GUIDELINES All work must be submitted:

  • Through the Museum’s exhibition submission website
  • By the classroom teacher or supervising educator
  • 2-3 clear photographs of each of work must be submitted, giving a sense of the piece from different angles


  • Submissions are due by the end of the day on Monday, April 3, 2023
  • Selections will be finalized by Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Howard scholarship application available beginning Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Students drop off art work to the Museum the week of  April 15, 2023
  • Applications for the Howard Scholarship due by end of day Friday, May 5, 2023
  • The opening celebration will be on Saturday, May 20, 2023
  • The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, September 17, 2023

HOWARD SCHOLARSHIP The 2023 R. Stephen and Nancy D. Howard Scholarship has been established to financially assist students to continue their artistic interests as demonstrated in the Mingei Student Craft Exhibition. Early experiences in the creative arts have enhanced the Howards’ own professional and retired lives, and with this fund, they wish to encourage a similar interest in the arts that would carry on through life, regardless of career path, inspiring students to further their own innate creativity.


Shannon Foley

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