Second Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Technology

Second Annual Student Visual Arts Exhibition: Visions of Technology


Opening Sunday, April 23, 2017, Noon–4:00 p.m.

The Autry Museum of the American West announces its second annual Student Visual Arts exhibition, a program of Autry Classroom Curators. This exhibition celebrates and highlights student-driven research and creativity while providing insight from and access to educators and professionals in the visual arts.


As 21st-century peoples, we often associate technology with the tools of our modern society—computers, automobiles, televisions, and other machines. In truth, the word “technology” refers to the study of those processes used to produce goods, services, or to acquire knowledge. When viewed in this light, technology becomes a much larger concept. A book is technology, as is written language. Fired clay pottery is technology. Agriculture is technology. Detailed knowledge of the environment is technological knowledge, and digital tools and codes are technologies, too.

Technological innovation has played a particularly important role in the history of the American West. The first peoples of the Great Plains paired the horse with other technological breakthroughs to hunt the American Bison in remarkably efficient and advanced ways. The development of railroads connected the West to countless people and goods across the continent. And, of course, computer programs first developed in the West have provided infinite access to a vast body of knowledge. The growth and development of the West is directly attributable to the technological developments of its people.

We call on students in grades 7 to 12 to share their visions of technology in the West. We encourage students to think about the many types of technology that exist and the many places that make up the West. We ask them to think about a range of questions on the topic, including but not limited to: What has technology looked like at different times and in different Western places? How does technology influence your life and the lives of your friends and family? What types of technology are we not including in our Western story, but should?

We look forward to seeing visual interpretations of this intersection of ideas, place, and people. See reverse for schedule and artwork guidelines.


  • Submissions will be accepted between December 1, 2016 and March 17, 2017
  • Juried competition results will be shared with teachers/advisors on Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Artwork must be picked-up from the Autry no later than Friday, May 12, 2017


  • All works of art must be original artwork created by students in grades 7–12
  • All forms of two dimensional art are accepted, including, but not limited to: watercolor, graphic prints, acrylic, mixed media, oil pastel, drawing, photography, etc.
  • Artwork must not exceed 40 x 40 in.
  • All artwork submitted must be complete upon submission.
  • Pastels, charcoal, or cray-pass must be fixed (or sealed) when submitted.
  • All entries must be labeled on the back with student name, school, and teacher name. Please note orientation of the work.
  • The required online survey form must be completed no later than Friday, March 17, 2017:
  • All artwork must arrive at the Autry no later than Friday, March 17. Complete work can be dropped off at the Autry’s Mary Pickford Education Center or mailed to:

Autry Museum of the American West
c/o Katherine Krieger, Education Office
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027-1462

  • By submitting his/her artwork, the artist assumes all risks and agrees to hold the Autry harmless against any and all losses, claims, or damages.