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Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

The Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition is sponsored in part by:

The Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition (OSAE) is a juried art show open to all Oklahoma students grades Pre K thru 12. Participating schools submit student artwork and distinguished jurors examine each piece entered in the competition. Hundreds of pieces are juror-selected in May of each year and are exhibited in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center during the 11-day run of the Oklahoma State Fair. In addition to this great display opportunity, students can win individual honors, and the top schools will be awarded Hobby Lobby gift certificates for future art supply purchases. The Exhibition is FREE to enter and a great way to showcase student work! In addition to the 20 entries each school may enter, we accept an additional five entries for developmentally challenged students and a Ribbon Recycle Challenge piece from each school. 

The Oklahoma State Fair has an annual Art Scholarship available to graduating seniors at schools who participated in the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition within the past two years. Since 2013, exceptional pieces have been sold at the Visual Art Scholarship Event (VASE) with a portion of the sale going directly to the student artist and the remainder of the proceeds used to present scholarships in the spring of each year. Beginning in 2016, the entire earnings from the sale of the Ribbon Recycle Best of Show piece now go the art program at that school.

New for 2017! Regional Sites for Take-in & Judging

Teachers in other parts of the state will no longer have to make three trips to Oklahoma City in order to have their students participate in the OSAE. In addition to Oklahoma City, take-in and judging will be available in Enid, Ardmore and Tulsa. Every county in Oklahoma will be assigned to one of the four Regional Sites. More information is available in the 2017 OSAE Prospectus.

Entry Information

Registration for the 2017 OSAE is NOW OPEN. Each of the first 10 schools to complete their registration will earn a $100 gift for art supplies. Registration closes Monday, April 10 at 5 p.m. 

OSAE Prospectus

OSAE Application Instructions

OSAE Application

Ribbon Recycle Challenge

Each year, the Oklahoma State Fair awards hundreds of ribbons to winning competitors. Inevitably, there are left over ribbons. Rather than allow these ribbons to go to waste, the Ribbon Recycle Challenge program was created as an optional component of the Student Art Exhibition. Participating schools receive a packet of at least 200 surplus ribbons to create unique works of art while practicing the principle of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” All schools participating in the 2017 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition are invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge. The Best of Show piece will be part of the VASE auction with proceeds benefitting the winning school.

2017 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Rules

Visual Arts Scholarship Event

Student Art Auction / Reception / Exhibition

The 5th Annual Visual Art Scholarship Event will be held in September 2017. The exhibition of the OSAE and VASE reception will be in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The site for the auction will be announced soon. Proceeds from the Student Art Auction will provide scholarship funding for Oklahoma visual art students.

For more information on the VASE Auction, Reception/Exhibition and Scholarship, click here.

OSAE Results

  • Participating Oklahoma schools – 102
  • Pieces of art entered – 1,495
  • Pieces selected for the show – 886
  • Exceptional Merit Award winners - 62
  • Merit Award winners – 384
  • Overall Merit winning schools – 10

The Top 10 Overall Merit schools, along with the first 10 schools to register each year, earn $100 Hobby Lobby gift cards. These are presented at the OSAE Awards Ceremony during the 2016 Oklahoma State Fair.

We would like to commend all students whose art was submitted and thank all participating schools, teachers and parents.

2016 OSAE Winners

Outstanding individual honors went to the following students in each age division:

Elementary Division

  • Best of Show – Mia Lashley, Oakdale Elementary School
  • Judges’ Choice – Lucas Neller, Oakdale Elementary School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Hanna Curry, Centennial Elementary School 

Jr. High/Middle School Division*

  • Best of Show – Sarah Tyler, Woodward Middle School
  • Judges’ Choice – Kaylee Doughty, Bethany Middle School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Elizabeth Llanos, Roosevelt Middle School

High School Division*

  • Best of Show – Chase Dawson, Shawnee High School
  • Judges’ Choice – Taryn McLaughlin, Carl Albert High School
  • Superintendent’s Award – Jaida Ledbetter, Pauls Valley High School

Ribbon Recycle Project*

  • Best of Show – El Reno High School

* The Jr. High/Middle School & High School individual award winners, along with the Best of Show Ribbon for Recycle Projects, are part of the 2016 VASE auction, along with 14 of the Exceptional Merit pieces from those divisions.


Nancy Nortz
Senior Manager
Creative Programs

This page updated on March 22, 2017