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About The Festival

The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Art and the Runnels Gallery is proud to offer the second annual High School Art & Design Festival on the main campus in Portales, New Mexico. The two and a half day festival, beginning at noon on Thursday, April 12, will feature a variety of creative, hands-on workshops in visual art and graphic design, and a juried art and design exhibition. Additionally, high school seniors who are pursuing a degree in visual art or graphic design will be eligible to participate in a portfolio review by art faculty and will have an opportunity to be awarded an ENMU art scholarship.

Festival Registration Form

Who Can Attend?

Any high school student (freshman through senior level) or school art educator can attend. Participants are welcome to attend individually or as a school group.

Registration Information

Student Early Bird Fee:

$20 per person postmarked on or before Friday, March 16, 2018

Student Registration Fee:

$30 per person postmarked on or after Saturday, March 17, 2018

Teacher/Parent Registration Fee:

First two teacher/parent registrations for each student group are free; $20 fee for each additional teacher/parent

Why Attend?

Participants have the opportunity to connect with other artists, enhance artistic ability and inspire creativity.  Students learn from, and create art alongside, ENMU students and faculty of professional artists and designers throughout the festival.    

Types of Workshops

The festival will include a variety of creative, hands-on workshops in visual art and graphic design. Prior to the festival, a listing of the festival workshop offerings will be sent to all registered participants. A personalized festival schedule will be created for each artist based upon indicated workshop preferences. Possible workshop offerings include: printmaking, watercolor, figure drawing, ceramics (wheel and glazing), photography, mixed-media techniques, painting, digital illustration/painting, graphic design (varied topics), and three-dimensional design.

Portfolio Review and Scholarship Competition

High school seniors may participate in the portfolio review and scholarship competition on the last day of the festival.  Senior artists are asked to present four to six of their highest-quality works before a faculty panel. Faculty will review the portfolios and provide participants with comments. All presenters will be considered for an ENMU art scholarship award. Please reference the Portfolio Review Registration Form for more details.

Student and Faculty Juried Exhibition

Students and faculty attending the festival may submit their personal artwork for the juried student and faculty art exhibition. A panel will review all works submitted and select the highest-ranked pieces for a one-day show on Friday, April 13. Pieces selected for the student exhibition will compete for best of show, second place and third place.  Pieces selected for the faculty exhibition will compete for the best of show award. The exhibition may include all media types, however, participants may submit only one art piece.  Please reference the Juried Exhibition Registration Form for more details.

Dining and Lodging Options

Meal times will be built into the schedule of workshops and activities. You can enjoy on campus dining options including the Crossroads Café Dining Hall in the Campus Union (CUB). Prices based on groups of 10 or more and do not include sales tax. For tax exemption please bring your Tax Exempt Number to the dining hall at time of purchase. Meal rates are:

  • $5.50 (plus tax) lunch weekdays (M-F)
  • $7.50 (plus tax) dinner weeknights (M-F)
  • $7.50 (plus tax) weekends (Saturday, opens at 10 a.m.)

ENMU Dining Services

There are some lodging options in Portales (all close to ENMU) including:

Holiday Inn Express and Suites
1901 W 2nd Street
Portales, NM 88130

Super 8
1805 W 2nd St
Portales, NM 88130

Sands Motel
1130 W 1st St
Portales, NM 88130

There are also a number of other lodging options in Clovis, New Mexico, 20 miles northeast of Portales.