High School Student Programs

The Heckscher Museum of Art strongly believes in providing unique creative opportunities for high school visual art students. In addition to participating in Museum Discovery Programs, high school students are invited to participate in special programs via their schools and/or individually.
Long Island's Best

What is LI Best?
This prestigious 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 submit artwork for jurying. Approximately 80 works are selected for exhibition in the spring. Prizes are awarded in numerous categories and all exhibiting students receive a Certificate of Exhibition and Exhibition Catalogue.

Learn more

Important Dates
2019-2020


Friday, November 22
School Registration Deadline
Form & $35 Fee Due

Friday, February 14
Student Entry Forms Due Online


Mon. & Tues., March 9 & 10
2 pm - 5 pm
Delivery of Artwork to Museum

Mon., March 16
Notification of Acceptances/Non-Acceptances via e-mail and teacher phone calls

Tues. & Wed., March 17 & 18
2 pm - 5 pm
Pick-Up of Non-Accepted Artwork

March 21 - May 3
Exhibition On View

Saturday, March 28
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 3
4 pm - 5 pm
Artist Meet-Up
5 pm
Pick-Up of Exhibited Artwork

Mon. & Tues., May 4 & 5
2 pm - 5 pm
Pick-Up of Exhibited Artwork

Portfolio Development


Annual Portfolio Series
Each October, the Museum offers this FREE three-part series for high school students preparing for the college admissions process. Gain insight and receive invaluable feedback from admission counselors. Students are invited to attend one or more sessions.

Fall 2019 Series

Portfolio & Career Advice Night
Thursday, October 3

6 pm - 9 pm

Presentations and question and answer sessions with:
  • School of Visual Art
  • Huntington Fine Arts
  • Art League of Long Island
  • Local Artist Paul Lipsky


Portfolio Review Night I
Thursday, October 10

6 pm - 9 pm
Bring your portfolio for one-on-one evaluation by admission counselors from:
  • California College of the Arts
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • Five Towns College
  • Molloy College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Purchase College
  • Rhode Island School of Design
  • School of Visual Arts
  • St. John's University
  • Suffolk County Community College


Portfolio Review Night II
Thursday, October 17

6 pm - 9 pm
Bring your portfolio for one-on-one evaluation by admission counselors from:
  • Adelphi University
  • Boston University School of Visual Arts
  • Center for Art & Design The College of Saint Rose
  • Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Long Island University Post
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • Pratt Institute
  • Ringling College of Art and Design


Museum Discovery & More


In Museum &
In School Programs

High schools are invited to participate in Museum Discovery Programs throughout the school year. Visit us or the Museum will bring a presentation to you at your school.
More about Museum Discovery

Schools submitting artwork for Long Island's Best are encouraged to participate in Museum Discovery programs September through the Student Entry Form deadline in February. During Museum Discovery, students are challenged to envision their own personal responses to artwork on view, taking the first step towards creating a work of art for the juried exhibition.
More about Long Island's Best


Collaborate & Create!
Does your high school have a National Art Honor Society Chapter? This program is designed to bring Chapters together to collaborate, create, and exhibit! Students from different high schools meet in the Museum, learn about artwork on view and ultimately create and exhibit their artwork during a Museum event in the spring.

Visit NAHS Collaborative Website for more details.
E-mail Education@heckscher.org or call 631.351.3214 to learn more!



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