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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 were used to present scholarships in the spring of 2014.  Scholarship applications will be available each year in January.

Entry Information

Registration for the 2015 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition will open at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. The first 10 schools to register will be awarded a $100 gift certificate courtesy of Hobby Lobby and the Oklahoma State Fair. These gift cards, provided to assist with art supplies, are in addition to gift cards awarded to the top 10 merit schools and to the schools of individual award winners. 

These schools will be announced after art has been delivered for judging.  Please do not call or email to ask if your school was one of the first 10 submitted. 

2015 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition 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 approximately 200 surplus ribbons and use them 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.

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)

2015 Guidelines coming soon.


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 these individual entries, 693 were selected to be displayed in the 2014 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition. From the 693 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 will receive 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 December 11, 2014

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 will be part of the 2014 VASE auction


Nancy Nortz
Creative Programs