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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 PreK-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 (formerly City 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 also proud to announce the kick-off of an annual art scholarship program. In 2013, exceptional pieces were selected and sold in the first Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition Auction. The proceeds will benefit the award-winning students from the 2014 O.S.A.E. and help to fund art scholarships to be awarded  in 2014 and beyond.

Entry Information

Registration for the 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition has closed.

The 2014 prospectus may be used for general information:

2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition Prospectus (PDF)

Ribbon Recycle Challenge

Each year the Oklahoma State Fair awards hundreds of ribbons to winning competitors. Occasionally, there are left over ribbons. And 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 big packets of surplus ribbons and use them to create unique works of art while practicing the principle of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” In the past, this contest has only been open to elementary and middle schools, but a high school division was opened in 2012. All schools participating in the 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition are invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge.

2014 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Rules (PDF)

Visual Arts Scholarship Event

Student Art Auction / Reception / Exhibition

The second annual Visual Art Scholarship Event will be held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 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.

Visual Art Scholarship Application Information

The 2015 scholarship application will be available in January. Graduating seniors that are enrolled in a school that participated in the 2013 and/or 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition AND who are pursuing a college degree in a visual arts related field are eligible to apply.

The 2014 guidelines below may be used for general information:

2014 Visual Art Scholarship Guidelines (PDF)


2013 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit Results

For the 2013 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition,  there were a total of 1,069 individual entries from 66 Oklahoma schools. Of these individual entries, 676 were selected to be displayed in the 2013 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. From the 676 selected for the show, 27 Exceptional Merit and 193 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. 10 of the participating schools were awarded Overall Merit and received art supply gift certificates.

  • Participating Oklahoma schools – 66
  • Pieces of art entered – 1,069
  • Pieces selected for the show – 676
  • Exceptional Merit Award winners - 27
  • Merit Award winners – 193
  • Overall Merit winning schools – 10

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

Elementary Division

  • Best of Show – Timothy Njoroge of North Highland Elementary School
  • Judges’ Choice – Dylan Beeson of Heritage Hall Lower School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Teresa Mertz of Kaiser Elementary School

Jr. High/Middle School Division

  • Best of Show – Paige McIntosh of Cheyenne Middle School
  • Judges’ Choice – Lee Foster of Pauls Valley Jr. High School
  • Superintendent’s Choice – Emily Haag of Putnam City 9th Grade

High School Division

  • Best of Show – Katie Lance of Pauls Valley High School Division
  • Judges’ Choice – Corrine Major of Putnam City High School
  • Superintendent’s Award – Jenifer Bowman of Bethany High School
  • Honorable Mention – Alixandria Caudill of Pauls Valley High School Division
  • Honorable Mention – Kyle Bloomer of Bethany High School
This page updated on April 29, 2014


Nancy Nortz
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