The jurors look for originally of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), and the interpretation of the student’s stated intent. The jurors evaluate the art using the following standard:
- Rating 4 Superior
- Rating 3 Excellent
- Rating 2 Average
- Rating 1 Below Average
Students compete on three different experience levels depending on the student’s grade level. All sixth grade students participate in Division I (White), all seventh grade students participate in Division II (Red) and all eighth grade, Pre-AP and IB students participate in Division III (Blue). Medals are awarded to those students receiving a superior (Rating 4) rating in each division at the regional event. A Silver Medal is awarded to a percentage of artworks receiving a Superior rating and selected by the juror panel.