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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 Oklahoma State Fair.

EXCITING NEWS: Last year, $3,400 in Hobby Lobby gift cards were awarded to the winning schools art programs. In 2018, an additional $3,100 in cash will be added, courtesy of Hobby Lobby and the Oklahoma State Fair, for a total value of $6,500.

OSAE 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 one Ribbon Recycle Challenge piece from each school.

The Oklahoma State Fair has an annual art scholarship available to graduating seniors whose school participated in the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition within the past two years. 

Expanded for 2018! Regional Sites for Take-in & Judging

Teachers in other parts of the state no longer have to make three trips to Oklahoma City for their students participate in the OSAE. In 2018, in addition to Oklahoma City, take-in and judging will be available in Enid, Ada, Lawton and Tulsa. Every county in Oklahoma will be assigned to one of the five district sites. See the 2018 Prospectus for more information. 

Entry Information

Because many teachers have been out of school, OSAE registration has been extended to April 26 at 5 p.m.



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 OSAE. 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 OSAE are always invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge. This year, the Ribbon Recycle Challenge Best of Show school will receive $750 in cash for art supplies.


Visual Arts Scholarship

The visual arts scholarship application is now closed. The 2018 guidelines are available for reference; the 2019 guidelines and application will be available next year.

2018 Guidelines


Congratulations, to the 2017 Visual Arts Scholarship winners:

Jaida Ledbetter – Pauls Valley High School 

London Priest – Shawnee High School  

Nikki Vardeman – Carl Albert High School


University Partners

University of Central Oklahoma: UCO will match the $1,500 presented by the Oklahoma State Fair Visual Arts scholarship. Funds will be presented at the completion of the first semester of the 2018 fall semester.

Oklahoma City University: OKCU will provide an art talent scholarship of $3,000 to Oklahoma State Fair Visual Arts scholarship recipients. This funding is applicable only for Studio Art and Film majors and is renewable for up to four years for a total of $12,000. OKCU will determine the parameters for use of these funds. All funds must be accepted no later than August 1, 2019.


Nancy Nortz

This page updated on April 13, 2018