Out of the (Art) Box is an innovative public installation challenge hosted at WMA. Teams of middle and high school students (grades 7 – 12) will create original installations using movable “boxes.” Students are challenged to completely transform their material and think outside of the (art) box. The installations will be created at the museum over a two-day period and then displayed in the museum galleries throughout the month of March coinciding with the exhibition Youth Art Month. The winning teams will receive a donation to their school’s visual art program.

Join us for the opening reception of Youth Art Month on Tuesday, March 2 (5-7 p.m.) to see the work of these talented artists and learn which team will take home prizes: $500 for Judge’s Choice and $250 for Peers’ Choice to be used for their school’s art programs! The reception is FREE and open to the public.


Number of entries
Enter only one (1) Letter of Intent per school.

Mini-Installation: This installation should encapsulate the theme Innovation. The installations may or may not be in “box” form (“box” can mean many things!). Installations should not exceed 12″ x 8″ x 5″.

Team size
Each team must have no less than four (4) members and no more than six (6).

Completed installations will be on exhibit in WMA’s galleries for the duration of Youth Art Month; March 2021.


School/Teacher Info
Name of school along with name and email of teacher mentor.

Team Info
List of students on team. Include name, e-mail, mailing address, phone number and grade.

Written or typed recommendation from an art educator, teacher, or sponsor.

Convince Us
Reason why your team should be picked. 30 words or less. Be as creative as possible!

Mail or bring installations to WMA, 126 Museum Ave., Dothan, AL 36303. Written material can be emailed to

Out of the (Art) Box is sponsored by…


  • January 2nd through January 16th: Mini-installation drop-off artwork deadline*
  • February 1st: Notification of selected teams
  • February 19th: Day 1 of competition, 9AM – 6PM
  • February 20th: Day 2 of competition, 9AM – 5PM
  • Tuesday, March 2nd: Opening Reception, 5PM – 7PM
  • Wednesday, March 31st: YAM Exhibition closes at 5PM
  • April 3rd – April 17th* Final pick-up of installation**

*Drop-off/pick-up artwork during WMA business hours:

Wednesday through Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM

Saturday 10:00AM – 3:00PM

**WMA is not responsible for artwork that is not claimed by the final pick-up date. Unless arrangements are made to pick up the installation, the work will be dismantled and recycled.

ArtBox LIVE!

Saturday, December 7th
10am – 12pm

Are you ready to think outside the (art) box? Are you unsure about the competition and what to expect? Join us for Out of the (Art) Box Day! WMA educators Brook and Amanda will be on hand with information about the competition plus they will be joined by previous ArtBox participants and mentors talk about the competition and their experiences. Application packets will be available for this year's competition. Bring your teammates and learn what it takes to think outside the (art) box!

For further information, email Educator Brook McGinnis
or call (334) 794-3871 ext. 25.

Youth Art Education Policy

Outside of tours, family days, and open house events, individuals who are not enrolled in a class are not allowed in WMA classrooms except by written permission of the Executive Director. Parents may not join children in the classroom during instruction times in order to ensure an atmosphere conductive to creativity. It is important to limit the number of adults to keep the focus on the kids, their learning, and to accommodate limited seating in the studio. Parents are welcome to stay in the museum during class but must remain outside of the classroom during instruction time.

Museum educators are experienced in creating positive learning environments for all ages and are required to go through a background check to ensure the safety of our students. Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the studio at the end of class to see what their child has created. All docents and volunteers working with children are also required to go through background checks.

Thank you for understanding our policy and priority on the safety and well-being of participating students.

Refund Policy

The Wiregrass Museum of Art may cancel any class with insufficient enrollment; students will be notified and given a full refund. If a student withdraws at least 1 week before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for the full cost of the class. If a student withdraws 24 hours before the class begins, he/she will be refunded for half the cost of the class. There are no refunds after the start date of class, and membership fees are nonrefundable. Students are not enrolled until complete payment is received.

Terms and Conditions

The Wiregrass Museum of Art reserves the right to photograph and reproduce chosen works publication, publicity, and educational purposes. Participation in this exhibition shall be an agreement on the part of the artist to these conditions. The museum reserves the right to exclude works submitted without appropriate preparation (documentation, mounting hardware, suitable frame/mat, etc.), or which are damaged or incomplete. The museum is not responsible for the safekeeping of any works left in its care ninety (90) days after the close of the exhibition.