Below are several contests and competitions that occur annually that are open to high school students in Oklahoma:

2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

One 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.

Cost: $7 per individual artwork (limit 3 per student). $25 for high school senior portfolios (8 pieces). (Yukon High School will pay for student entry fees)
Deadline: Thursday, December 12, 2019, 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

Oklahoma Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain

The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute (OSAI) is an intensive 2-week residential school that provides professional training to artistically talented OKLAHOMA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, including graduating seniors, in the visual, literary and performing arts. We offer training in the disciplines of acting, creative writing, ballet, modern dance, orchestra, chorus, drawing and painting, photography, and film and video. OSAI faculty artists include winners of the Pulitzer Prize and the Academy, Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Awards. You’ll join over 250 students from across the state as you study your chosen field and attend or participate in performances, gallery openings, film screenings, poetry readings, and more. Optional activities include nature hikes, karaoke night, movie night, a talent show, and all-camp dances. You’ll make lifelong friends and study with amazing teachers for a summer experience you’ll never forget.

Cost: $20
Deadline: The Friday before your selected tryout date. 
Accepted Disciplines: Drawing & Painting, Ballet, Modern Dance, Film and Video, Creative Writing, Orchestra, Choral, Photography, Dram, and Piano.
How to Enter: Click here to register.

Ringling College Creative Awards

National competition intended to help students in grades 7-12 meet the challenge of communicating through a variety of media in this new century. Scholarships and monetary prizes will be awarded.

Cost: None
Deadline: TBD
Accepted Media: Photography, Illustrations, or Writing (essay, poem, song lyrics, or haiku or other writing)
How to EnterClick here to register for the Ringling Creative Awards.

Young Talent in Oklahoma (YTIO)

Young Talent in Oklahoma (YTIO) is an annual statewide high school art exhibition (grades 9-12) and high school senior portfolio competition. The top 10 senior portfolios earn scholarships and prizes. Typically, 700 to 1000 artworks are submitted and 150 are selected for the Young Talent in Oklahoma exhibition.

Cost: $3 per individual artwork. $15 for high school senior portfolios (Yukon High School will pay for student entry fees if your work is selected by Mr. Payne or Mrs. Adams).
Deadline: TBD
Accepted Media: Drawing & Painting media, 2D media (photography), 3D media (ceramics and sculpture)
How to Enter: Mr. Payne will assist in collecting and submitting artworks. Please talk to Mr. Payne if you are interested in entering work.

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. Finalists are announced March 15, 2018.

Cost: Free
Deadline: December 31, 2017 to submit the Discovering Unsung Heroes topic; artwork is due February 15, 2018. 
Accepted Media: Drawing, photography, charcoal, graphite, pastels, painting, watercolor, acrylic, oil, printmaking, textiles, paper collage, graphic design, sculptural work, and ceramics.
Impact Paper: All entrants in any medium must submit an Impact Paper (minimum of 500 words to a maximum of 1,000 words) that addresses the following prompts:

  • What do you find inspirational about the Unsung Hero and why?
  • What is your vision behind your creative interpretation?
  • How did you share your project with your community? Please include photos and links as relevant to illustrate the reach of your project.

Unsung Heroes Prizes: $5,000 (Grand Prize), $2,000 (Best in Show), and $1,000 (Second Place)
Discovering Unsung Heroes Awards: $7,500 (1st), $2,000 (2nd Place), and $1,000 (3rd Place)
Judging: Judges are outstanding educators in the area of project-based learning who will use a rubric to evaluate each project on the following:

  1. Originality of topic and research.
  2. Excellence of quality.
  3. Analysis of subject.
  4. Annotated bibliography demonstrating depth and scope of research.
  5. Process Paper describing the development of the project.
  6. Demonstration of how the Unsung Hero serves as a role model.
  7. Sustaining value and potential for life beyond the development of the project.
  8. Ability to inspire students to take actions to carry out the legacies of their subjects.

How to Enter: Mr. Payne will assist in collecting and submitting artworks. Please talk to Mr. Payne if you are interested in entering work.

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