Caegory Guidelines: Art

Please also see the General Guidelines relevant to all categories.


After viewing The People Next Door or considering other Holocaust-related sources, using any medium described below, create an original artistic response to the experiences of the Holocaust. Students should refer to an individual or narrative event depicting an experience from the Holocaust.

You may also respond to topic prompts from other categories.

Media and Dimensions

This category includes these works of art:


  • May include digital or film photography (all images must be submitted digitally).

  • Dimensions: images may not exceed 16” by 20” (portrait or landscape), unmatted and unframed.

Two-dimensional Art or Mixed Media

  • Generally includes non-photographic works such as paintings, drawings, engravings, collage or assemblage, etc.

  • Also includes other works that would typically be exhibited on a wall such as mixed media works that are not sculptural.

  • Dimensions: actual (unmounted, unframed) artwork may not exceed 24” by 36” (portrait or landscape).

  • Please see Photographing Your Two-dimensional Art, below.

Three-dimensional Art

  • This generally includes works of sculpture that would typically be exhibited on a pedestal or on the floor.

  • Dimensions: three-dimensional works must be under eight feet (96”) in height and six feet (72”) in width.

  • Please see Photographing Your Three-dimensional Art, below.

"Found" Art

  • Though any work submitted should be an original artistic expression, this expression may be made through existing artifact(s) that are given meaning by the artist.

File Naming

Please use the following conventions when naming your files. “Lastname” and “firstname” refers to the author’s first and last names. For untitled photos, please include a description of up to three words.

Photography and 2-D Art:

  • Lastname_firstname_title.jpg

  • Lastname_firstname_Untitled_descr.jpg


  • Eisenstaedt_Alfred_AlbertEinstein.jpg

  • Eisenstaedt_Alfred_Untitled_Sailor_Kissing.jpg

3-D Art:

  • Lastname_firstname_title_1Front.jpg

  • Lastname_firstname_title_2Left.jpg

  • Lastname_firstname_title_3Back.jpg

  • Lastname_firstname_title_4Right.jpg


  • Lipchitz_Jacques_Government_People_1Front.jpg

  • Lipchitz_Jacques_Government_People_2Left.jpg

  • Lipchitz_Jacques_Government_People_3Back.jpg

  • Lipchitz_Jacques_Government_People_4Right.jpg

Photographing your two-dimensional art

Please submit one photograph of your work. Please take care to properly expose and color balance your photograph.

Paintings: please photograph your work hanging on a white wall. In our virtual gallery, your painting may be applied to a digital canvas with the background wall removed. Please take care to photograph your work head-on, avoiding warp or parallax shifts due to perspective or lens distortion.

Drawings, etchings, etc.: please photograph your work against a solid background of a different color. For example, a charcoal drawing on white paper might be photographed against a black background.

Alternatively, you may photograph your work on the background of your choosing, as if it were mixed media (below). This may be appropriate for works with such features as unique textures, torn edges, etc. that may not be considered mixed media.

Mixed Media: please photograph your work against the background of your choosing. A portion of the background will be included in the exhibition, so feel free to select a background that complements your work.

Photographing your three-dimensional art

Please take four photographs of your work, one from each of four directions. Please begin at the front, and move clockwise to photograph the left side, back, and right side in order.

In the example pictured here, the four images would be:

  • Rodin_Auguste_Thinker_1Front.jpg

  • Rodin_Auguste_Thinker_2Left.jpg

  • Rodin_Auguste_Thinker_3Back.jpg

  • Rodin_Auguste_Thinker_4Right.jpg

The orientation you designate as the “front” will be the orientation from which patrons first view your work when taking the guided tour. Please note: in our 3D gallery space, patrons not taking the guided tour may approach from any direction.

If your work has a distinct front, as in a human figure or bust, you may elect to either orient your “front” photo head-on, or to offset the orientation (as in a three-quarter view). Please take care to orient each subsequent view as close to 90 degrees from the previous as possible.

We understand your work may not have a discernable “front,” “back,” or “sides.” However, to simplify our virtual exhibition, we ask that you choose from which direction you would prefer patrons to approach your work, designate that orientation as the “front,” then proceed clockwise. Please designate the orientation in the filename of each photograph as explained above.