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Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

The Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition is sponsored in part by:

The Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition (O.S.A.E.) is a juried art show open to all Oklahoma students grades Pre K-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 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! There is now a section for developmentally challenged students.

The Oklahoma State Fair is now has an annual art scholarship that is available to graduating seniors at schools who participated in the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. 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. 

Entry Information

Registration for the 2015 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition IS NOW CLOSED. 

OSAE Prospectus (PDF)


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 about 200 surplus ribbons to create unique works of art while practicing the principle of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” All schools participating in the 2015 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition are invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge.

2015 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Rules (PDF)

Visual Arts Scholarship Event

Student Art Auction / Reception / Exhibition

The third annual Visual Art Scholarship Event will be held on Wednesday, September 17, 2015, in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. Proceeds from the student art auction will provide scholarship funding for Oklahoma visual art students.

For additional details, click here.

Graduating seniors that are enrolled in a school that participated in the 2013 and/or 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition AND who were pursuing a college degree in a visual arts related field were eligible to apply.

2015 Visual Art Scholarship Guidelines (PDF)


2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit Results

For the 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition, there were a total of 1,178 individual entries from 69 Oklahoma schools. Of those individual entries, 693 were selected for display in the 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. From the pieces selected for the show, 27 Exceptional Merit and 161 Merit Distinctions were awarded to individual students. We would like to commend all students whose art was submitted and thank all participating schools, teachers and parents. Ten of the participating schools were awarded Overall Merit and received art supply gift certificates at the OSAE Awards Ceremony during the 2014 Oklahoma State Fair.

  • Participating Oklahoma schools – 69
  • Pieces of art entered – 1,178
  • Pieces selected for the show – 693
  • Exceptional Merit Award winners - 27
  • Merit Award winners – 161
  • Overall Merit winning schools – 10
This page updated on June 24, 2015

2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit Winners

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

Elementary Division

  • Best of Show – Angel Ibanez of Heronville Elementary School
  • Judges’ Choice – Sunni Byerly of James L. Dennis Elementary School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Cory Milligan of Hop Christian Academy

Jr. High/Middle School Division*

  • Best of Show – Michelle Tu of Pauls Valley Jr. High
  • Judges’ Choice – Derek Grassmann of Piedmont Middle School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Jordan Tacker of Oakdale Middle School

High School Division*

  • Best of Show – Pheona Black Elk of El Reno High School
  • Judges’ Choice – Katie Powell of Bethany High School
  • Superintendent’s Award – Cayli Ring of Pauls Valley High School

* The artwork from the Jr. High/Middle School & High School individual award winners were part of the 2014 VASE auction


Nancy Nortz
Senior Manager
Creative Programs