LONG ISLAND'S BEST Guidelines 2022

Samantha Christian, Sachem HS East, Overwhelmed, Acrylic on canvas, 2021.

Long Island's Best: Guidelines 2022


  • Students are invited to submit process and behind-the-scenes videos from their own TikTok and Instagram accounts for jurying.
  • Select exhibiting students’ videos will be featured in the Museum alongside their artwork via QR codes. Select videos will also be featured on the Museum’s TikTok and Instagram @heckschermuseum.
  • The following requirements must be met. **If all of these criteria are not met, your application will not be accepted.**
    • First, share your video on TikTok or Instagram.
      • Tag @heckschermuseum and #libestchallenge.
      • If you are using TikTok: your video must be set to be DOWNLOADABLE.
      • If you are using Instagram: your account must be PUBLIC & you must have the original video file accessible to upload in this form.
    • Then, complete the LI Best Challenge Form by Tuesday, April 19, 2022 at 5 pm.
  • Students will be notified of the status of their applications by Tuesday, May 3, 2022.



  • Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at a participating school in Nassau or Suffolk County, New York.
  • Each student may submit only one work of art. (Collaborative pieces by more than one student are welcome and count as one work of art.)
  • Painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, photography, computer graphics, sculpture, mixed media, fashion, and video artwork may be submitted.
  • Schools may only submit the number of entries their school has been allotted. Completing the School Registration Form and paying the $50 fee earns the school 4 artwork entries. (More entries may be earned by scheduling programs with the museum.)
  • The maximum number of entries a school can earn is 20.
  • Artwork must be based on professional works of art shown in The Heckscher Museum during the 2021-2022 school year and created and selected for submission under the guidance of the school’s art teacher(s). Students may select from the following exhibitions:



  • Two-dimensional/ Wall-hanging artwork
    • Maximum of 36” wide, 48” high (including frame)
    • Ready to hang with hardware and/or wiring on the back. Works on paper must have glass or Plexiglas.
    • Works of art with frames must be in a black or white frame.
  • Three-dimensional/ Free-standing artwork
    • Maximum 72” high, 24” wide, 30” deep.
    • The Museum will supply pedestals, as needed, to display 3-D work.
  • Video Artwork
    • Files must be provided on a USB flash drive. A Museum laptop and/or TV will be used for jurying and display for works selected for exhibition.

*The Museum will not accept work that is unstable, damaged, or does not meet specified conditions and guidelines. The Museum is not responsible for damage that may occur during the transportation or jurying of artwork.  Students are advised to protect artwork during travel.

Each school planning to have their students participate in Long Island’s Best 2022 must complete a School Registration Form and pay a non-refundable $50 registration fee by December 3, 2021. This entitles the school to 4 student entries, created and selected under the guidance of the art teacher(s). Only one form is required per school. Names and email addresses for all potentially participating teachers are required. Once the form and fee are received, all teacher(s) will be added to the Long Island’s Best 2022 e-mail list.

All artwork must be hand-delivered to the Museum for jurying on Monday and Tuesday, April 18 and 19, 2 – 5 pm.

Each work of art must have a printed copy of the confirmation email from the Student Entry Form attached to it.

All students applying to this new optional video opportunity must upload their videos to their TikTok or Instagram and complete the LI Best Challenge Form by April 19 at 5 pm.

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