Student Craft returns in Summer 2020 | Mingei International Museum

For the safety of our staff and community members, this exhibition has been postponed until further notice.

During the past few hundred years, oil, gas, and coal have powered homes, cars and factories. These energy sources release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, trapping heat that would otherwise escape. The added heat increases Earth’s temperature affecting patterns of ocean currents and global weather patterns. Submitted works should promote awareness, encourage dialogue and inspire action around climate change.

Mingei International Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) bring together their signature youth art exhibitions to one venue. CLIMATE CHANGE: 50 Craft and Contemporary Artworks by 25 and Under Artists is a juried exhibition of work created by young artists from San Diego County. The exhibition’s focus on climate change will convey young artists’ hope, fear, activism and action surrounding the changing planet through art. Artist work will be on display at MCASD from June 13, 2020 - September 20, 2020.


Artwork must be submitted under one of two categories:

Mingei High School Craft

  • All work must be created by a current high school student 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.
  • Work must have been completed during the 2019/20 school year.

MCASD 25 and Under

  • Artist must be 25 and under.
  • MCASD welcomes works in diverse media including sculpture, painting, video, works on paper, installation and other materials that help support creative ideas.


  • Each teacher submitting on behalf of students will be allowed to submit 20 works total to each category.
  • Only one work per artist will be selected from each institution; however, up to 3 works may be submitted for consideration.
  • 25 works from each category will be chosen for up to 50 works total.


All work must be submitted:

  • Through the exhibition’s submission website, accessible at
  • The submission window opens April 1.
  • 2-3 clear photographs of each of work must be submitted, giving a sense of the piece from different angles.

Important Dates:

May 10, 2020 | Submissions are due by the end of the day

May 17, 2020 | Selections finalized

May 28 - June 3, 2020 | Selected works must be delivered to MCASD

June 13, 2020 | Opening reception


High School Seniors (ages 16 - 19 years old) who have been selected to display their art as part of the exhibition will have the opportunity to apply for the R. Stephen and Nancy D. Howard Scholarship for students who will be enrolling full-time in an accredited community college or four-year university. The scholarship will be awarded to two students who have shown a commitment to staying involved in the arts (regardless of their major).

Scholarship Timeline

The scholarship application can be downloaded from the Museum’s website on April 3, 2020.

Completed applications are due by May 24, 2020.

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