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

Now in its 24th year, Long Islandís Best is the only juried exhibition on Long Island that offers high school students the opportunity to show their art in a museum setting. Students in grades 9 through 12 are invited to create a work of art inspired by work shown in the museum during the 2019-2020 school year.

Approximately 80 works of art are selected for exhibition. Prizes are awarded in numerous categories and are presented at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony. All exhibiting artists and their teachers receive full-color catalogues featuring all artwork in the exhibition.

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 The Laura B. Vogler Foundation. EXHIBITION CATALOGUE SPONSOR Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics.

Register Your School

School Registration Form

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To participate, students must register through their schools.

Each school must complete a School Registration 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 Registration 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

2019-2020 Guidelines
Coming Soon!

Guidelines include an overview, important dates, submission and size requirements, and how to earn more entries.

Artist Statement Examples
View Examples

These artist statements by past exhibiting students will help students writing statements understand what makes a successful artist statement. For more statement examples, see Past Exhibition Catalogues on the right.

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 2019

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.

Robyn Cooper, Artist

Robyn Cooper has exhibited at The Art League of Long Island NY, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Gross McCleaf Gallery PA, R. Dixon Gallery NY, uBe Art in Berkley, CA, and The Heckscher Museum of Art. Her solo show, Remembrances, was on view in 2017 at Adelphi University. Robyn teaches as an Adjunct Professor at Adelphi University, Suffolk Community College, and The Nassau County Museum of Art.

Past Exhibition Catalogues

LI Best 2019
April 6 - May 19, 2019

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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