The Exhibition

In the new visual arts curriculum  Part 3, The Exhibition is 40% of final grade.

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by an examiner.

The final exhibition is the culmination of the students' IB Art experience. Students present a selection of their best work in the form of a curated final show, and defend and articulate their purpose and intention in a written rationale.

Selecting work for the Exhibition

Choose the strongest, most resolved artworks which show these qualities

• technical skill

• appropriate use of materials, techniques, processes

• coherent relationships among the works

• well resolved work in line with stated intentions in rationale

• consideration for the overall experience of the viewer (through exhibition, display or presentation).

(note: students can present work for the exhibition in any medium, having met the requirements for the Process Portfolio of working in a range of art making forms)

Number of artworks submitted

HL 8-11

SL 4-7

Other Requirements

Exhibition Text

For each piece included students write a brief exhibition text (a few lines) which states the title, medium, size and a brief outline of the original intentions. Go to Exhibition Texts for discussion and examples of how to write an accompanying text and download the artworks for exhibition log

Exhibition Overview Photos

Students must include two photographs of the overall exhibition. This is to help the moderator (who won't see the actual exhibition) better understand the overall layout and experience. The image above is a good example of an exhibition overview.

(note: only include the exhibition artworks submitted for assessment in the photos)

Additional Supporting Photos (optional)

Students may choose to include up to two additional photographs of each submitted work. This is intended to provide a sense of scale when showing large works or for pieces that have more than one viewpoint, such as sculpture or installation. These extra photos are not necessary for most studio pieces.

The Curatorial Rationale

400 words max SL

700 words max HL

This is a written statement that accompanies the exhibition. The Curatorial Rationale is not unlike the old candidate statement, but is longer, more in depth, and specifically addresses the body of work chosen for the exhibition. It explains the intentions of the student, considers the presentation of the work using curatorial methodologies, and the relationship with the viewer. For tips go to Writing Guidelines for Rationale or look at an Example HL Rationale

You can go to E submission for Exhibition for file sizes, formats and uploading info when you are ready

What are examiners looking for?

technical accomplishment

coherent body of work

visual communication of stated intentions

a curatorial rationale that justifies selection and presentation of work

The role of the Visual Arts Journal in the exhibition

Throughout the course students can use their visual arts journal to make notes of and reflect on their intentions while making their work, and they can be encouraged to document the developments of this thought process.

For the Curatorial Rationale students can make selections from and adapt passages from their journal.

The Visual Journal can also be used to plan the exhibition, consider the space, the display, the sequencing, the viewers role, and other curatorial issues.

For overall submission requirements and file sizes go to E submission Guidelines 2016 , and for the full assessment criteria go to Exhibition Assessment Criteria

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Comments 7

Pauline Dubos 27 January 2017 - 12:03

Hi Heather: I still have a doubt related to the Final Exhibition. Could students exhibit the SW and some sketches or mini studios related? Or the Exhibition has to be only with SW, as appeared in some examples? Many thanks! and thanks again for your support and web page

Amanda York 31 January 2017 - 20:44

Hi Heather: My question is about display and documentation of the exhibition and the number of photographs allowed of the entire exhibit, which is two. Is it ok for the majority of a student’s exhibition to be displayed in one location, with a larger artwork installed in a separate location? And, if so, would both locations then have to be documented in two photographs? For example, one student designed an installation transforming a small space (think Yayoi Kusama) into an immersive physical experience. She photographed and documented the work but would like to recreate it for her exhibition. Another student is a street artist and has created a painting on a plywood panel 10 x 15 feet. I have a lot of seniors and we don’t have the space to accommodate these artworks in our school’s gallery. In each case, the students are having to think about a location in the school for these artworks separate from the rest of their exhibited work. Does this make logistical sense, or is it best that each tries to keep his and her together, in a single exhibition space? Thanks for the input.

Victoria Wreden-Sadeq 24 March 2017 - 09:11

Hi Guys, question, if the photo graph students are uploading are under the MB size, way under because it was street art stenciling is that a problem? Should we take pictures at a higher resolution and if so what resolution? If there is a specific guide for the technical stuff other than requirements let me know where to access the information. Thanks again and its FRIDAY...

Art Aloha 29 March 2017 - 10:08

Hi Heather, Do you know if the artworks (individual shots and group exhibition shots) need to include the exhibition text printing and mounted on the wall as labels? or can the exhibition text just be uploaded with the sample. Thank you!

Heather McReynolds 29 March 2017 - 17:37

its best if the exhibition photos just show the artwork, the text is uploaded separately

Patricia Boisseau 30 August 2017 - 03:46

Pat Boisseau
I have a student doing dioramas and wondering if he can use plastic little soldiers and trucks part of his project? Thank you
What is the minimal font possible for screens? Hoping it's 10

Heather McReynolds 30 August 2017 - 17:35

Hi patricia, I responded to this comment already on page

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