The process of selecting artworks
for the state exhibition begins on a regional level.
The state is divided into 15 regional locations, with high school students in each
region invited to enter work in that regional judging. Each region has a designated
Regional Director, who is responsible for choosing the judges for his or her region
and arranging specifics of the event.
The state judging takes place in Columbus; however, the judges for this level of competition
are chosen from all over the country and are generally professional artists, college level
instructors, or both.
From the 12,000 regional entries from the 15 regions, approximately 2,500 are selected to
enter the state judging. State jurors then select 300 for the actual exhibition, with 25
of the 300 chosen to receive the Governor's Award of Excellence. Scholarships are offered
to seniors by over 30 universities and colleges of art. The selection of students to be
offered scholarships is left strictly up to those institutions who offer them. The Governor's
Exhibition is merely a vehicle through which schools and students are brought together.