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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 also a section for developmentally challenged students.

The Oklahoma State Fair 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 2016 OSAE is now closed. Full information on art drop-off and labels for entries will be emailed to teachers soon.

OSAE Prospectus

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 2016 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition are invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge.

2016 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Rules

Visual Arts Scholarship Event

Student Art Auction / Reception / Exhibition

The 4th Annual Visual Art Scholarship Event will be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 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.

The application process for the 2016 VASE Scholarship is now closed. The guidelines will remain online for those interested in future application. 

2016 Visual Art Scholarship Guidelines

Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit 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.

This page updated on June 29, 2016

2016 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibit 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


Nancy Nortz
Senior Manager
Creative Programs