Competitions & Festivals

*Information for these competitions and festivals is updated as soon as the most current dates and times are received*

Oklahoma City University Art Competition

screen-shot-2016-10-01-at-9-44-01-amThe Oklahoma High School Art Competition (formerly the High School Print and Drawing Competition) is a competition among Oklahoma high school students hosted annually by the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts and the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery since 1985. Visit the OKCU website for more information and entry forms.

Cost: Free (limited to three entries per student)
Deadline: Drop off entries between 10am – 5pm on October 9 – 11, 2017. Opening reception will be Sunday, November 5, 2:00-5:00 pm. Exhibit runs November 5 – 19, 2017. 
Accepted Media: Drawings (pencil, charcoal, pastel), prints, paintings, and 2D media (photography and collage).  Works cannot exceed 30″ x 40″ x 2″ (including the mat). 

The ArtEffect Project

The Lowell Milken Center seeks high-quality art projects that celebrate extraordinary individuals who positively impacted the lives of others yet never received recognition for their actions. Students are invited to submit art projects in the following two categories; Celebrating Unsung Heroes and Discovering Unsung Heroes. The Best in Show prize is $7,500.

Cost: Free
Deadline: December 31, 2016 for Discovering Unsung Heroes topic; artwork is due on February 15, 2017.
Accepted Media: Drawing, photography, charcoal, graphite, pastels, painting, watercolor, acrylic, oil, printmaking, textiles, paper collage, and graphic design.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

7046975_origOne of the oldest competitions in the United States, the Scholastic Awards were founded in 1923. Students’ submissions are blindly judged by leaders in the visual and literary arts. Over $250,000 in scholarships are awarded each year. Open to grades 7 – 12, and high school seniors who earn a National Medal are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities. Students must register in order to submit artwork. Registration opens September 13, 2017.

Cost: $5 per individual artwork (limit 3 per student). $20 for high school senior portfolios (8 pieces). 
Deadline: Friday, December 1st, 2017, at 10:59p.m (CST).
Accepted MediaClick here for the Scholastic Art categories
How to EnterClick here to register for the Scholastic Art competition
Sample ArtworksClick here for previously selected award winning works

University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)

Innovations: Annual competition open to high school juniors and seniors. All media is accepted and cash prizes are awarded. For information on Innovations 2018 click here to visit the USAO websiteMontmartre 3

Montmartre Chalk Festival: Annual chalk art competition held on the USAO campus. The festival this year will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Click here for more information.

Oklahoma City University (OCU)

Oklahoma High School 2-Dimensional Art Competition: Competition for Oklahoma high school students hosted annually by the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts and the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery since 1985. Competition is held during the fall semester and open to grades 9 – 12. Click here for more information.

Harding Fine Arts Academy

Screen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.53.47 AMEvery year, Harding Fine Arts Academy hosts Ignite Arts Festival, which is a community event bringing people together around the arts. The festival is open to both student artists as well as established professionals. Each artist receives a booth space to display and sell art work. Simultaneously, our performing arts students will take the stage throughout the day. As with any good festival, food will be available as well.

When: 10AM to 4:30PM / March 4, 2017
Where: Harding Fine Arts Academy, 3333 N. Shartel Blvd., OKC, OK. Click the image to the left to download the flier for more information or to complete the vendor’s form.

Chalk Walk Yukon

Screen Shot 2016-03-01 at 10.50.27 AM1st Annual Chalk Walk Yukon event on Saturday, March 19th. Registration for a single 6′ x 6′ square is only $10. Up to four team members can work on a square. Participants may register in the 12-17 age category or in the 18 and over category. For more information or to register, click here.

C.A.S.T.: World’s 8th Annual Trashin’ Fashion Show

This year’s show will take place on Earth Day, Friday, April 22nd at the Festival of the Arts, Downtown Oklahoma City in Bicentennial Park from 11- 2 p.m. Our distinguished panel of judges will determine the top fashions and awards will be given in each category. Judging will take place BEFORE the show, and awards will be given at the END of the show.

Every year the show is a huge success and has become an anticipated tradition! Each outfit and accessory should be made from upcycled or repurposed materials that would normally end up in the trash with the exception of fasteners. We are asking that each entry be a complete outfit from head to toe, including accessories. This will enable a large group to participate in designing each outfit. We are always amazed at the talent and creativity that comes from our entries and are looking forward to seeing everyones’ creations. To see previous years’ entries please check out the C.A.S.T. for the World Facebook Page. To register for this year’s event, click here.

If you have questions please email Frances Williams or Mikel Ibarra

Putnam City School District Fine Arts Festival

FY16 Festival PosterPutnam City is hosting their 2016 Arts in Motion fine arts festival on Saturday, May 7 from 9 am to 3 pm. The festival will exhibit art and performances from grades Pre-K through 12th.

Western Governors ‘Celebrate the West’ High School Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce “Celebrate the West,” a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state.124197_151

Entrants from WGA member states (includes Oklahoma) will create original two-dimensional artwork inspired by their state or informed by living in the West. Students may draw ideas from a variety of sources, including state history, landmarks, natural resources, National Parks and Monuments, people, communities, and culture.

For more information, please visit the Western Governors’ Association website.

Sooner Fit Art Contest

2ndannual-soonerfit-artcontest_flyerThe SoonerFit Art Contest is an activity to celebrate healthy choices! All kids grades K-12 are encouraged to create and submit original art based on this year’s theme, “Healthy Choices = Healthy Me”. Click HERE for full contest details and click HERE for the required entry form.