Annual Student Exhibit Guide

Here you will find information about signing up and preparing for the 2024 Student Exhibit.

First, take a moment to read through the various steps involved in preparing for the exhibit. If you decide to participate, reserve your child’s spot as soon as possible. Space is limited and sign-ups will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at

Framing Guidelines

Learn how to frame artwork for the Student Exhibit.

Steps for Exhibiting

Sign-up to Exhibit

Students who have attended all four sessions during the school year will be invited to participate in the annual student exhibit. Parents of eligible students will be emailed a special link to sign up for the student exhibit of their choice. If you have not yet been notified and believe your child should be eligible, please contact us immediately at

The first 100 sign-ups will be admitted to exhibit, and this list may fill up before the sign-up deadline. Those who follow may be added to a waitlist.

Exhibit Locations & Dates

Los Gatos Exhibit (Saturday, June 1, 2024)

San Mateo Exhibit (Sunday, June 2, 2024)

Frame Artwork

Exhibit piece must be framed before delivery deadline or interview date, if participating. We have specific framing requirements and restrictions. Please make sure to read our Framing Guide on how to frame artwork for the Student Exhibit. If you have questions or are unsure about your frame, it is important to address any issues early on. Pieces that do not follow guidelines will be turned away for correction.

Choosing a piece

Each student may submit 1 piece of artwork that was created during class with The Marvegos, and this includes pieces completed during Spring Break and Summer camps.

It may be difficult for you to choose a single piece to frame and exhibit, so here are a few tips:

  1. Remember that this is an opportunity to encourage your child and to show them how much you appreciate their artwork. We hope that framing costs will not prevent parents from highlighting the works they really like.
  2. The piece should be meaningful to the child, even if it is not our first pick for them. Often times we overlook the wonderful aspects of art that are personal to the child, and when they tell us about their work, we really find that it is the perfect piece. You might try asking your child to select 3 pieces he/she enjoys and then deciding which one would look best.
  3. Don’t forget that you can ask friends, family members, and teachers for suggestions.
  4. Of course, if you’ve already correctly framed a piece that was done after January 2021, you are welcome to use it for the exhibit.
  5. Framed art pieces make great gifts for family members. You might decide on a piece that would be good to give to somebody special.

Framing Locations

To make framing easier for parents, we have found and listed a few local custom framers. Some of these framers give special discounts to Marvegos families so be sure to mention us. Chains like Michaels are also an option (show them our framing guide!). They often have discounts and coupons so we recommend doing a little research. You can also buy ready-made frames and have mats cut to fit your child’s work. Please do not hesitate to ask your studio manager or child’s teacher for advice.

Los Gatos Area

Signature Custom Framing
1550 Dell Ave #A, Campbell, CA 95008

San Mateo Area

San Bruno Framing
540 San Mateo Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066

Submit Label Information

Any information not submitted by artwork delivery deadline will be omitted from printed labels.

Here is a sample of how your label will appear next to the artwork:

Choosing a Title

Many students and parents have a hard time thinking of titles for artwork. It can actually be a challenging creative decision for many artists, and we encourage your child to be creative and to have fun with it. Here are some suggestions:

  1. A title can describe the contents of the piece, and in different ways. It can be very descriptive, it can be simple, it can be mysterious, it can be silly.
  2. A title can reveal something more about the piece. It can provide a background story or clarify something confusing or cause the viewer to think more or look at the piece differently.
  3. A title can add something new to a piece.  Much like adding another mark or color to a piece, a title may add a new thought or feeling.
  4. A good exercise to try is to look at the artwork with your child and to put together parts of different titles that resonate.

Artwork Delivery Deadlines

For Los Gatos studio exhibit: Wednesday, May 29 at 7:00pm

For San Mateo studio exhibit: Thursday, May 30 at 7:00pm

Please deliver your properly framed artwork to a studio or outreach location during our Regular Hours or during our Special Hours after our studios end classes in May.

Note: When you arrive at the studio to deliver your artwork, please allow a few minutes to complete a label for us so that we may identify your piece.

If you are delivering a piece during our Special Hours, please contact your studio 30 minutes before arriving to ensure that a staff member will be available to receive your artwork. Due to preparations, we may be out of the studio for supplies and materials transportation, and we do not wish to inconvenience you.

Special Drop Off Times and Locations

Los Gatos Studio

1440 Pollard Rd, Los Gatos, CA
(888) 508-2080

Regular hours until May 24

Monday 1:30 – 2:30; 3:30 – 7:15pm
Tuesday 11:15 – 7:15pm
Wednesday 1:45 – 7:00pm
Thursday 1:00 – 3:00; 3:30 – 7:15pm
Friday 3:00 – 6:45pm
Saturday 9:15 – 12:15; 1:15 – 4:15pm

Special Hours after May 24

Saturday, May 25 10:00 – 1:00; 1:45 – 4:00pm
Tuesday, May 28 10:30 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 29 10:30 – 7:00pm

San Mateo Studio

1212C W. Hillsdale Blvd, San Mateo, CA
(888) 508-2080

Regular hours until May 24

Monday 1:30 – 2:30; 3:30 – 7:15pm
Tuesday 1:30 – 2:30; 3:30 – 7:15pm
Wednesday 1:30 – 6:45pm
Thursday 11:30 – 2:30; 3:30 – 7:15pm
Friday 3:30 – 7:15pm
Saturday 9:15 – 12:15; 1:15 – 4:15pm

Special Hours after May 24

Saturday, May 25 9:00 – 12:00; 12:45 – 3:00pm
Tuesday, May 28 10:30 – 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 29 10:30 – 7:00pm
Thursday, May 30 10:30 – 7:00pm

Schedule Online Exhibit Interview (Optional)

As part of the exhibiting experience, we invite your child to speak about his/her artwork in their own words. This year we will be conducting all exhibit interviews online via Zoom and a recording of the interview will be shown on the day of the exhibit. A photograph of your child’s exhibit artwork is required for the interview. 

During the online interview, students will be asked simple questions about their artwork. We will keep interviews to 5 minutes or less. Please be on time for your reserved time slot. If you are not familiar with our interview process, please look over the Interview Guide below for some sample topics.

Interview Schedule

Interview Schedule TBA

Interview Guide

Here are some things we may ask your child to share with us:


  1. Name (first name only)
  2. Title of Artwork
  3. Age of student when artwork was completed

Description of Artwork

  1. Materials used (chalk pastels, oil pastels, charcoal, acrylic paint, watercolors, acrylic inks, black ink, block printing, collage, wood/metal/plastic/clay sculpture, mixed media)
  2. What objects are pictured (people, animals, objects, places, story)
  3. Process of creation
    • inspiration – still life, imagination
    • steps taken to create piece – what came first, second, third…
    • art terms or challenges given during demonstration

Challenges and Memorable Parts

  • difficulties with materials or techniques
  • most enjoyable aspects of creating piece

Other Questions to Consider

  • How did you choose this piece to exhibit?
  • How did you choose the title?
  • Is there anything that you would like to share with the viewer? Something they may not notice?

Invite and Share

Now that you’ve completed all of the preparation, it’s time to spread the word! Invite friends, family members, classmates, teammates, and anybody else you would like to share your child’s art with.

You can also invite family and friends through Facebook. We have event pages for each studio:

Los Gatos Student Exhibit

San Mateo Student Exhibit

Attend Exhibit


11:30 am – 6:00 pm Open viewing hours

On the day of the exhibit, we will be opening our doors at 11:30am. Guests are welcome to view the artwork all day until 6:00 pm. Marvegos staff members will be present to greet artists.

Artists and guests can drop by anytime during the exhibit hours. Participants do not need to stay the entire day.

We’ll have an assortment of treats and sweets for guests to enjoy at the event. Prerecorded artist interviews will also be played in alphabetical order by first name. We will be playing back the interviews all day.

Pick Up Your Artwork

Artwork will be available for pickup immediately following the exhibit reception at 6:00pm on the day of the exhibit. If you wish to pick up at a later time, you can come into the studio anytime during our summer camps and classes.

We recommend emailing the studio manager to arrange a time for pickup. We will do our best to protect any pieces left after the day of the exhibit but we cannot ensure their safety.