Since circles are universally associated with meditation, healing and prayer, they symbolize and align with the artistic principles of Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan. A mandala, the Sanskirt word for circle, will serve as the motif for this year’s art contest. A mandala is a visual design created from repeating shapes organized around a center point to reflect concepts of balance, wholeness
and connection. A mandala is a symbol of the universe in its ideal form, and its creation signifies the transformation of a universe of suffering into one of joy. In common use, mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that metaphysically or symbolically represents the cosmos. The art contest is open to students in grades K-12 attending public, private or home schools in the Greater Houston Area. Awards
Students compete in five divisions for Awards or Scholarships.
Division A - Grades K-2
Division B - Grades 3-5
Division C - Grades 6-8
Division D - Grades 9-11
Division E - High School Seniors
The entries will be judged on creativity, artistic skills and interpretation of the theme.
- Personal Expression: Does the artwork provide evidence of creativity and individuality? Is the result distinctive? Does it leave an impression?
- Technique: Does the piece display mastery of the media and tools utilized to craft the artwork? Is it well-executed?
- Style: Did the artist effectively compose and organize the elements of art? Is the concept presented in a unique way? Is it original?
- Integration: Is the artist’s interpretation of the theme and motif evident in the artwork? What is the artist’s point of view and how is it revealed?
The panel of judges will select a total of twenty-five winners. 1st Place through 5th Place for Divisions A - D and five distinguished scholarships for Division E. The panel may also recognize up to five Honorable Mention awards in each division. The award and scholarship winning entries along with honorable mentions will be displayed in the Wells Fargo Art Contest Exhibit. The recognized contestants along with their teachers will be invited to the Cloud Gate Theatre of Taiwan's performance of Songs of the Wanders.
April 5, 2014 - An award ceremony to celebrate with family and friends will precede the performance.
All contestants must complete and print the online registration at least 4 hours before the deadline. If a contestant does not have internet access, he or she may register by phone or in person upon delivering the artwork. Artwork must remain unsigned and anonymous, but the contest registration form must be printed and attached to the back of each submitted artwork. Artist Statements are not required for entry in Divisions A, B & C (Elementary and Middle School grade level), but they are recommended. Artists entering Division D & E (Grades 9-11 and High School Seniors ) must submit an Artist Statement upon delivery. Approximately 50 to 75 words are recommended for an Artist’s Statement. It should include the title of the artwork, the date of completion and a description of the media utilized. Teachers and parents may assist in writing and/or transcription the Artist’s Statement. Submitted artwork must be on paper or fabric. Artists can submit only one entry per year. We only accept work by individual artists. Group art projects and collective efforts are not allowed. Maximum Size and Dimensions:
Rectangles: 16 x 20 inches
Circles: 19 inches in diameter
Squares: 19 X 19 inches
All other shapes must fit within the maximum dimensions of the rectangle, circle or square. Matting is recommended, but not required. The size and dimension restrictions above do not include the matting. Please do not use matting wider than 2 inches. Artwork should be not thicker than 1/2 inch.
Artwork should be submitted by the student artist or by a teacher or parent with the consent of the student artist. Teachers and Parents entering the contest on behalf of three or more young artists must include a printed inventory form upon delivery. The inventory form should be completed online at least 4 hours before the contest entry deadline. Artwork with completed forms may be mailed in a portfolio/envelope or delivered in person to the following address:
Society for the Performing Arts
Attn: Education Department
615 Louisiana, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77002 Clearly label the envelope or portfolio with:
Artist’s or Teacher’s Name
The art contest is the centerpiece of SPA’s Creativity Challenge, a series of activities and events to promote learning in the visual, performing and cultural arts. The Creativity Challenge celebrates the skill and dedication of educators and the imagination of students in grades K-12. Art educators and parents are invited to attend The Art of Teaching Creativity - a professional development workshop for teachers seeking to participate in the Creativity Challenge. The art contest submission guidelines and judging process will be reviewed and discussed. Explore mandalas from various cultures. Practice techniques in abstract color, collage and calligraphy. Get tips and advice from teachers with successful contest track records. The educator packet from the professional development workshop is available below:
Educator Workshop Packet 2013/14 Inventory Sheet The Art of Teaching Creativity RESOURCES: CLOUD GATE DANCE THEATRE OF TAIWAN Symbolism of Rice C.G. JUNG CENTER Dawn Mountain Mandala 366, Community Mandala Project How to grow a mandala How to make a mystical eye (Ojo de dios) Free Mandala coloring pages & worksheets Free Mandala downloads Examples of Artist Statements Teaching children to write Artist Statements Artist Statements for Young Artists Lim Chung Calligraphy Dance Tutorial: Calligraphy for Beginners 1 Tutorial: Calligraphy for Beginners 2 Ink Recipes Art League Houston Museum of Fine Arts Houston Glassell Junior School Houston Center for Photography For help developing lesson plans or submitting artwork, please contact:
Joe Angel Babb, Director of Education & Community Engagement
713-632-8102 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Capistran Nieto, Education Coordinator
713-632-8112 • email@example.com
Student Submissions are accepted by appointment only except during Curbside Drop-Off Service Hours.
- Monday, October 7, 2013 - The Art of Teaching Creativity at 9:30am - 2:30pm
- Monday, March 3, 2014 - Online contestant registration opens at 10:00am
- Saturday, March 8, 2014 - Curbside Drop-Off Service 4:30-6:30pm
- Saturday, March 15, 2014 - Curbside Drop-Off Service 4:30-6:30pm
- Monday, March 17, 2014 - Curbside Drop-Off Service 4:30-6:30pm
- Monday, March 17, 2014 - Online contest registration closes at 2:30pm
- Monday, March 17, 2014 - Deadline for student submissions 6:30p
- Thursday, March 20, 2014 - Panel Review at 9:30 -11:30am
- Saturday, April 5, 2014 - Award Ceremony at 3:30pm, Jones Hall
- Art Exhibit Opens at 5pm, Jones Hall
- Cloud Gate Performance at 8pm, Jones Hall
- April 8 – 26, 2014 - Student Art Exhibit
Special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank, corporate sponsor of SPA’s art contest.