Calling all artists


Do you have an interest in art? These competitions for high schoolers are a great way to get recognition for hard work, show demonstrated interest in art and also have scholarship money tied to them. We often hear students protest competing because they don’t think they’ll win. But, there is a benefit to submitting work even if you don’t win. It shows interest and a commitment to something you care about. The experience of these competitions isn’t always about winning, putting yourself out there is a worthwhile endeavor in and of itself.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards 

The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. After you have created your work, you can upload it to your Scholastic Awards Account. Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to upload all of your submissions into the system.

Junior high school and high school students apply to regional competitions in 29 categories of art and writing. Regional Gold Key winners are automatically considered for national recognition.

In 2016, more than 330,000 students submitted work. About 2,500 were recognized at the national level, with 16 students receiving the highest honors, including $10,000 scholarships.

Congressional Art Competition 

The Congressional Institute sponsors a national high school visual art competition every spring to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation. Since its inception in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Student artists submit entries directly to their representative’s office, and panels of district artists select the winning entry from each district. Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C..

Doodle 4 Google

Bring your creativity to life in a Doodle of the Google logo, using any medium you choose for the chance to be a Doodle 4 Google winner. The National Winner’s artwork will be featured on the Google homepage, and will win a $30,000 scholarship and a $50,000 tech grant for their school.

The Doodle 4 Google theme is announced in January.


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