The Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1966. The mission of the Queens Council on the Arts is to foster and develop the arts in Queens County and to support individual artists and arts organizations in presenting their cultural diversity for the benefit of the community. QCA is now part of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria, Queens.

For more information, contact us at or give us a call at 347-505-3010

About the Exhibition

Mission: The purpose of the annual HS2AS Alumni Exhibition series is to provide opportunities for HS2AS alumni to showcase their art, connect with fellow alumni, and develop their arts career.

Details: The 2019 HS2AS Alumni Exhibition will be held at Plaxall Gallery in Long Island City, on view from April 11 - May 12th. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 13th from 7pm - 10pm.

Curation: Please note that this is a curated application process, and not all submissions are guaranteed acceptance. In deciding which works to submit, keep in mind that it's possible that some of your total submitted works will be accepted.

About the Curator

Tyler Myers is co-founder and Director of Knockdown Center, an arts center located in Maspeth, Queens. He currently serves as a Maspeth Chamber of Commerce Director, as well as a Junior Board member of the Queens Council on the Arts. Prior to his time at Knockdown Center, Myers spent more than a decade with House of Blues/Live Nation as a Corporate Operations Director, where he supported its 13 national venues, and opening five, while also bartending at Chicago’s best small venue, The Hideout. 

Myers has served as Associate Producer of Performa 11, and Project Manager for Frieze Projects New York 2011 and 2012. He has also worked as a freelance fine art producer for High Line Art (NYC) and SculptureCenter (NYC). Myers was a member of collaborative performance and art groups Cupola Bobber and Lucky Pierre, touring work nationally and internationally, from Austin, TX to Rakvere, Estonia and many points in between. Myers has been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship for his work with Cupola Bobber.


All alumni of the High School to Art School program are eligible to apply. Anyone who completed a Spring, Summer, or Fall session of High School to Art School is considered an alum. The exhibition accepts applications from all alumni regardless of whether they are currently enrolled in school.

All media and art forms are accepted. Examples include painting, sculpture, installation, animation, video, & graphic design. 

Artwork Transportation and Installation: Artists are responsible for getting artwork to and from the gallery. Artwork drop--off dates are Saturday, April 6 from 12-5pm, April 7 from 12-8pm. Artists must be able to install their work on Tuesday, April 9th and/or Wednesday, April 10th. Should your work be accepted, we will be in contact to schedule your installation time.


Technical Questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to or 855-467-8264. 

Other Questions: Have questions about the exhibition or your application? Email or call High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at or (347) 505-3016.

About High School to Art School

Are you a high school student looking for a way to build a killer portfolio that will get you into a great art college – with a scholarship? The High School to Art School program (HS2AS) is a free portfolio development program that provides qualified high school juniors and seniors with the art skills training, essay writing techniques, college application assistance and financial aid planning necessary to gain acceptance into competitive art colleges.

About the Summer Session

We are currently accepting applications for our Summer 2019 program. The Summer HS2AS Session is geared towards rising high school juniors and seniors interested in going to art school. This program will prepare students to apply to art college, providing portfolio preparation and art skills training. Students will also participate in field trips to museums, galleries, and cultural institutions across NYC. The session will culminate in a student exhibition.


All rising high school juniors and seniors in the greater New York City area are eligible to apply. Sophomores are considered on a case-by-case basis. Students do not need to be from Queens; any student within a commuting distance to Northwest Queens is encouraged to apply.

All shortlisted applicants must interview for placement. Please not that this is a competitive program, and we are not able to offer all applicants interviews. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted by our Program Manager to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place on Saturday, June 15th in Northwest Queens, location to be determined.

Program Dates & Details

Our Summer Session will take place from July 1, 2019 - August 10, 2019. Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10am - 4pm.

This program is entirely free. If admitted, all students attend the program on scholarship. Art supplies, metrocards, and snacks are all provided.

Please note that we have a strict attendance policy; students are allotted a maximum of two absences before they will be dismissed from the program.

Next Steps (What to Expect)

  1. Email Confirmation: One you’ve submitted your application, you will receive an email confirmation. *If you do not receive an email confirmation, your application did not go through.* In this case, please contact or 855-467-8264 to troubleshoot. 
  2. Interview Notification (via Email) Week of June 3: QCA will notify you as to the status of your application prior to the session’s interview dates the week of June 3. Please check your email! If you are accepted for an interview but we do not hear back from you by June 9th, we will be forced to offer your spot to another candidate.
  3. Interview: Should you be invited for an interview, interviews are mandatory for all prospective applicants. Students will meet with our teaching artists and program manager for a 15-minute portfolio review to discuss their interest in the program. 
  4. Final Notification (via Email): Following your interview, you will receive a notification as to the final status of your application via email.


Technical Questions: Technical issues with the online application form or questions about logging into submittable must be directed to or 855-467-8264. 

Program Questions: Have questions about the program or your application? Email or call High School to Art School Program Manager Kelly Olshan at or (347) 505-3016.

Queens Council on the Arts