2014 marked the 11th year that the Benton County Museum hosted a Willamette Valley high school art competition. A free, public, exhibition of both Gold Key and Silver Key winning entries was open at the Benton County Museum from March 14 to April 12, 2014.
Four years ago the program expanded to include junior high schools and the program became an official region of the national Scholastic Art Awards competition.
275 schools in 7 Oregon counties were invited to participate in the Willamette Region competition. 154 students submitted 378 pieces of artwork for judging. 202 of those entries earned awards. 29 "Gold Key" winning entries from the Willamette Valley will be judged in New York City, competing against approximately 8,000 Gold Key works of art submitted nationally.