Visual and Other Arts: Competition Opportunities
Xintong Si ('26)
Are you interested in art? Here are some competition opportunities that might be beneficial to your desired career or just for fun. Contests are not limited to just traditional art; many accept digital art and photography as well. Click on the website linked in the title of each contest for more details.
Submit an original piece of visual artwork and its description virtually. Accepted categories are types of paint, drawing, mixed media, digital art, weaving, printmaking, 3D sculptures (ceramics, glass, etc.), photography, and digital photography.
Open to rising high schoolers graduating years of 2024, 2025, 2026, and 2027, and recently graduated 2023 seniors. Specific application requirements and information can be found on the website.
There will be three winners each from the photography section and art section chosen to receive a $2000 scholarship.
Deadline: October 13, 2023
Create an artistic piece, with the ten accepted categories/disciplines of art being classical music, dance, design arts, film, jazz, photography, theater, visual arts, voice, and writing. YoungArts is one of the only organizations in the U.S. that supports artists in all ten categories/disciplines. More information can be found on the website.
Open to students fifteen to eighteen years old, or tenth to twelfth grade.
Winners can be recognized in three levels: Merit, with a monetary award of $100; Honorable Mention, with a monetary award of $250; and Finalist, with an invitation to participate in National YoungArts Week and have their work further examined to be recognized as either Level 3 (monetary award of $1,000), Level 2 (monetary award of $1,500), Level 1 (monetary award of $3,000), Silver (monetary award of $5,000), and Gold (monetary award of $10,000). Finalists will also be invited to a private online portal called the YoungArts Post and be considered for nomination for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.
The 2024 application opens June 2023.
Submit a piece of visual art with the categories being all static mediums such as traditional art, digital, or photography.
Open to all artists. Cost to enter is $40, and each artist can enter up to ten times.
There is a cash prize of $10,000 for the overall winner and other cash prizes to separate placings as well as categories, with the total amount cash prize along with the $10,000 to be over $50,000. 140 short-listed Finalists will also receive expensive promotions through the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine internationally. More information can be found on the website.
Deadline: July 17, 2023 at midnight PT.
These events have already closed for the year, but will be available again next year.
Create an original design of the word “Google” according to the theme of the year and write a short explanation on why you chose to design it that way.
Any U.S. permanent resident or citizen K-12 may enter. Submissions are divided into five age groups, with one finalist from each age group. More information can be found on the website.
Prizes include a $30,000 scholarship, a $50,000 check to the winner’s school, and a display of the winner’s design on the Google homepage for a day within the year.
Create an original 26x26 or less artwork (accepted mediums are any types of paint and drawing mediums, lithographs, silk screen, block prints, mixed media, two-dimensional collages, computer-generated art, and photographs)
Open to all high school students; artwork must be turned in as its original form (physical paintings, etc.) and must not weigh over 15 pounds with and without frame. Rule details vary from district to district. More information can be found on the website.
The first place winner will have their art showcased in the U.S. Capitol building for a year.
Create an artistic piece (29 accepted categories)
Open to students in grades seven to twelve (ages 13 and up)
National medalists can receive scholarships up to $12,500. Medalists will receive recognition, like having their work in exhibitions and publications. Gold medalists and students who received select scholarships will be invited to a national ceremony. More details can be found on the website.
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