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

Friday, November 30
School Registration Deadline
Form & $25 Fee Due

Friday, March 8
Student Entry Forms Due Online

Mon. & Tues., March 25 & 26
2 pm - 5 pm
Delivery of Artwork to Museum

Mon., April 1
Notification of Acceptances/Non-Acceptances via e-mail and teacher phone calls

Tues. & Wed., April 2 & 3
2 pm - 5 pm
Pick-Up of Non-Accepted Artwork

April 6 - May 19
Exhibition On View

Saturday, April 13
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony

Sunday, May 19
4 pm - 5 pm
Artist Meet-Up
5 pm
Pick-Up of Exhibited Artwork

Mon. & Tues., May 21 & 21
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 2018 Series
Printable Flyer

Portfolio & Career Advice Night
Wednesday, October 10

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
Wednesday, October 17

6 pm - 9 pm
Bring your portfolio for one-on-one evaluation by admission counselors from:
  • Adelphi University
  • Long Island University Post
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Molloy College
  • Montserrat College of Art
  • Pratt Institute
  • Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Suffolk County Community College

Portfolio Review Night II
Wednesday, October 24

6 pm - 9 pm
Bring your portfolio for one-on-one evaluation by admission counselors from:
  • Boston University School of Visual Arts
  • California College of the Arts
  • Center for Art & Design The College of Saint Rose
  • The Cooper Union School of Art
  • Hartford Art School, University of Hartford
  • Maine College of Art
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • Purchase College, SUNY
  • School of Visual Arts
  • St. John's University

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

NAHS Collaborative
Does your high school have a National Art Honor Society Chapter? This annual 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.
Call 631.351.3214 or e-mail Education@heckscher.org to get involved today!

Poetry for the HART
Teens 14 through 18 years of age who reside and/or attend school in the Town of Huntington are invited to submit poetry for possible inclusion in Poetry for the HART, a TOH Public Art Initiative Teen Poetry Project.

The Poetry and Art category of the competition invites students to visit The Museum and compose poetry inspired by a work of art on view in the Museum's Surface Tension exhibition. Poems must be received by February 1, 2019. FREE Museum Admission for one adult and one teen upon mention of "Poetry for the HART."

For online entry form and more information, visit www.huntingtonny.gov/HARTpoetry.
For details on the Poetry and Art category
e-mail Education@Heckscher.org.


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