Long Island's Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum

This annual arts-in-education initiative is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to exhibit their art in a museum setting. Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to create a work of art based on artwork shown in The Heckscher Museum of Art during the current school year.

Hundreds of works of art are submitted from schools across Nassau and Suffolk counties and approximately 80 works of art in various media are selected for exhibition each year. Prizes are awarded in numerous categories, including Best In Show. All exhibiting students receive a Certificate of Exhibition and full-color exhibition catalogue. Art teachers of top award winners receive Outstanding Teacher Awards.

Generous support for Long Island's Best is provided by PRESENTING SPONSOR The Darrell Fund Endowment. ARTISTIC SPONSOR Strong-Cuevas Foundation. PATRON SPONSORS TD Charitable Foundation, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, and A Friend of the Museum. EXHIBITION CATALOGUE SPONSOR Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics.
Register & Earn Entries for Your School

Participation Form


To participate, students must register through their schools.

Each school must complete a School Participation Form and pay a non-refundable $25 registration fee. This entitles a school to four student entries, created and selected under the guidance of the art teacher(s).

Upon receipt of the School Participation Form and payment, participating teachers will receive regular e-mail reminders throughout the school year of upcoming deadlines.*

*PLEASE NOTE: E-mail is the primary form of communication with teachers about this program. All participating teachers must provide a valid e-mail address and cell phone number on this form.

Earn More Entries
for Your School!

Register for programs for Grades 9-12 and receive two additional entries per registered group.

For participating schools, programs held September through February begin with a presentation about Long Island's Best. Presentation includes examples of student artwork and artist statements from past exhibitions as well as a student-driven question and answer session.

Become a School District Member and earn four additional entries for your district.
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Exhibition Guidelines
Includes an overview, important dates, submission and size requirements, and how to earn more entries.

Digital Display of

The Museum recognizes the hard work and exceptional talent of all of the students who participate. Images of all submissions that are not selected for exhibition are shown on a digital display in the Museum for the duration of the exhibit. To participate in the display, students must submit an image of their work in the Student Entry Form.

Jurors 2018

Lisa Chalif, Curator
The Heckscher Museum of Art

Lisa Chalif has been curator at the Heckscher Museum of Art since 2008. She has organized dozens of exhibitions that focus on various aspects of the Museumís permanent collection, as well as loan shows on a diverse range of subjects, including experimental photography, environmental art, appropriation, art and the automobile, and solo exhibitions of painters Stan Brodsky and Robert S. Neuman, as well as photographer Joseph Szabo.

Doug Reina, Artist

Doug Reina is a 2014 Pollock-Krasner grant recipient based in Setauket. He is a full-time artist who creates work en plein air and in his studio of the landscapes and people that are part of his life. Reina's work has been exhibited across Long Island as well as in New York City, Connecticut and Florida.

Artist Statement Examples
Read artist statements by past exhibiting students. For more statement examples, see Past Exhibition Catalogues on the right.

Past Exhibition Catalogues

LI Best 2018
March 17 - April 15, 2018

LI Best 2017
March 11 - April 9, 2017

LI Best 2016
April 9 - May 15, 2016

LI Best 2015
March 21 - April 19, 2015

LI Best 2014
March 28 - April 27, 2014

LI Best 2013
March 30 - April 21, 2013

LI Best 2012
March 31 - April 22, 2012

LI Best 2011
April 9 - May 1, 2011

LI Best 2010
April 17 - May 2, 2010

LI Best 2009
April 11 - 26, 2009

LI Best 2008
March 29 - April 13, 2008


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