Annual Student Exhibit Guide

Here you will find information about signing up and preparing for the 2022 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 75 sign-ups will be admitted to exhibit, and this list may fill up before the sign-up deadline. Those who follow will be added to a waitlist and can sign up for other exhibit locations (recommended).

Exhibit Locations & Dates

San Mateo Exhibit (Sunday, June 5, 2022)

Student Exhibit Health and Safety Information

We are making some changes to this year’s exhibit to make participation as safe and healthy as possible:

  • The exhibit will be limited to 75 participants. Spots will fill quickly so sign up early.
  • Everyone who attends the student exhibit on Sunday, June 5th must wear a face mask.
  • Only participants and their friends and families will be invited to attend. This year’s event will not be open to the public.
  • To avoid eating and drinking in the studio and large crowds, we will skip the reception this year. Instead, families are invited to come by anytime during exhibit hours (11:30 am – 7:00 pm). A dessert table will be set up with individually packaged treats attendees can take to go.
  • Please do not attend if you or your child have tested positive for or have recently been exposed to COVID-19.
  • Please do not attend if you or your child are not feeling well, or exhibiting symptoms, including a temperature over 100.4° F.

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 can also be good options (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.

P&L Framing
1005 Oak Hill Rd, Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 283-4668

San Mateo

Bruno’s Gallery and Custom 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 San Mateo studio exhibit: Thursday, June 2 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: Drop-off deadlines are for the show in which you are participating, not for the studio where you will be dropping off. If you would like us to transfer your artwork, please deliver it a week before the deadline for your exhibit. 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

San Mateo

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

Regular hours until May 28

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

Special Hours after May 28

Sunday, May 29 12:30 – 6:00pm
Tuesday, May 31 6:30 – 8:00pm
Wednesday, June 1 10:30am – 7:00pm
Thursday, June 2 10:30am – 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 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:

San Mateo Student Exhibit

Attend Exhibit


11:30 am – 7:00 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 7:00 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.

A dessert table will be set up with individually packaged treats exhibit attendees can take to go. Interviews will also be shown on our screen in alphabetical order by first name. We will be playing back the videotaped interviews all day.

Pick Up Your Artwork

Artwork will be available for pickup immediately following the exhibit reception at 7:00pm 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.