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

Now in its 24th year, Long Island’s 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 Patricia and Vincent Mallardi III, TD Charitable Foundation, The Claire Friedlander Family Foundation, RBC Wealth Management, and The Dr. Lee MacCormick Edwards Charitable Foundation. EXHIBITION CATALOGUE SPONSOR Inna Gellerman, DDS, Gellerman Orthodontics.

Deadline: Friday, February 14

Must be attached to all artwork when delivered to the Museum


Student artwork MUST be inspired by artwork on view in the Museum during the current school year.
Each exhibition packet includes images of all artwork and accompanying labels.

Click on the image or title of the exhibition below to view all artwork and labels from the exhibition!

A Brush with HerStory
Paintings by Gabriela Gonzalez Dellosso

On View through
Nov. 10, 2019

Mort Künstler
"The Godfather" of Pulp Fiction Illustrators

On View through
Nov. 17, 2019

A Fine Line
Sketches, Drawings, and Illustrations from the Collection

On View through
Nov. 10, 2019

Locally Sourced
Collecting Long Island Artists

Nov. 23, 2019 -
March 15, 2020
Register Your School

School Registration Form

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.
Learn more

Exhibition Guidelines

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 2020

Karli Wurzelbacher, Ph.D., Curator
The Heckscher Museum of Art

Karli Wurzelbacher joined the Heckscher Museum of Art as curator in August 2019. She previously worked at The Baltimore Museum of Art, where she helped to organize exhibitions on artists Jack Whitten and Joan Mitchell. She has curated exhibitions on twentieth-century American art for the Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio; the Hunter College Art Galleries; and the University of Delaware’s University Museums.

Nancy Richner
Guest Juror

Nancy Richner retired as the Director of the Hofstra University Museum of Art, located on the Hofstra University campus. Prior to that role, she held positions at several art museums including Education Director at the Hofstra University Museum, Program Manager at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY and Assistant Director of Education at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. Ms. Richner earned her master’s degree in Museum Education from the George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. She has been published in Museum News, Journal of Aesthetic Education, and the Journal of Museum Education and was recognized as Museum Educator of the Year for the northeast region by the National Art Educators’ Association.

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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