SPA Student Art Contest

SPA’s Student Art Contest aligns the visual arts with SPA’s mainstage programming. Each season, students from the Houston area submit artwork to SPA to compete for cash prizes and the opportunity to have their artwork exhibited around the city.

For years, using the magic of the stage, Society for the Performing Arts has celebrated the diverse cultures and communities that make up the great city of Houston through the talents of our visiting artists. This season, that tradition continues with three shows that highlight diverse cultures from around the world that are also strongly represented in Houston: Nella, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Yotam Ottolenghi. The 24th Annual Student Art Contest theme, TAPESTRY OF HOUSTON, encourages students to explore their own cultural heritage and celebrate the diversity and community found throughout our city.

Through their submissions, students are challenged to answer the questions: What communities do you belong to? How can we both honor our heritage and celebrate the future?

Submissions will be accepted virtually through March 11, 2022.


Link to Contest Rules & Guidelines
Students compete in three divisions for cash and prize awards:

Division A: Grades K-2 Division B: Grades 3-5 Division C: Grades 6-8 Division D: Grades 9-12
  • Students in grades K-12 attending any public, private, charter, or home school within a 50-mile radius of Society for the Performing Arts’ offices (77002) are eligible to enter.
  • Artwork of any 2D medium is accepted.
  • Artwork must be completed within the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Artwork must be unsigned.
  • Artwork will be submitted virtually through the SPA online platform, Award Force. Winning artwork must be delivered to the SPA offices in Jones Hall, before May 1, 2022.
  • Artists may only submit one entry. Group art projects and collective efforts are not eligible.
  • Each artwork submission must be accompanied by a Student Consent Form signed by the student (if over 18) or a parent or guardian.

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