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How to Enter

Complete the online form beginning December 2, 2019 and upload images. The entry deadline is February 23, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

Guidelines, Notification, and Delivery

Teachers may submit only ONE artwork per grade level. Entries must be made through a public, private, or home school teacher or instructor of an art program.

The exhibition is open to all K-12 students residing in Arkansas. Art must be original and completed within the current 2019-2020 school year. Original works in all 2D media including drawings, paintings, prints, photographs, and collages are eligible.

Dimensions of 2D work must not be more than 36 inches in any direction and must weigh less than 50 lbs.

Collaborative projects may be submitted as a single entry. Teachers who work with multiple grade levels may submit one collaborative piece to represent the highest grade level of the students involved. A collaborative project is defined as an artwork made by a group of students who work together towards the final product. A group of individuals’ works brought together using a display aid does not qualify.

Notifications of selected artwork will be sent on or before March 16, 2020. Directions on how to prepare and ship the artwork will be provided to the teachers of selected students. Selected artwork must arrive at the Arkansas Arts Center by April 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. Any late works will not be considered for awards.


Works will be selected for the exhibition by a pool of professional artists, collectors, and art educators. They will select works based on the uploaded images from the online entry form. Teachers will be notified of selected works and given instructions on how to prepare and deliver the artwork. Once all artworks are delivered to the Arkansas Arts Center, a grand juror will select the following awards: 1 Best In Class for each grade, 2 Honorable Mentions for each grade, Ray Smenner Best in Show Painting Award, and Mid-Southern Watercolorists Best in Show watercolor award.

RETURNING! One Teacher’s Choice award per grade level will be selected by the Arkansas Art Educators Association on March 29 - April 5, 2020. Voting forms will be sent to members of the Arkansas Art Educators Association; please make sure both your membership and email address are current and correct.


Submission of entry constitutes an agreement to travel. All 2D artworks that measure 18" x 26" or less (without a mat) will be considered for the traveling exhibition. Please note it is not necessary to mat any artworks until it is selected for exhibition. The chosen artworks for travel will enter a loan to the Arkansas Arts Center for up to two years, until September 2022. During this time the artworks will be exhibited at various locations in the state.

Digital Images

Artworks are selected for the exhibition based on the digital image submissions. Images should be clear and show the entire artwork. Medium resolution images are preferred. Resolution is sufficient when the image is easily viewed on an average size computer monitor. Keep images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information will require cropping of the image. Entries are not accepted via email.


The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to omit any artwork from display due to space or condition concerns. The Arkansas Arts Center reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork in a brochure, website, and in the media to promote the exhibition. Upon submission of this form you agree to receive emails pertaining to the competition for the duration of the entry process. Submission to this exhibition constitutes an agreement on the part of the entrant to the conditions set forth in this prospectus.

If you have any further questions, please contact (501) 372-4000 or

Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition

Organized by the Arkansas Arts Center

Group Project, The Douglass Bunch, mixed media, 30 x 32 x 3 inches, 2nd Grade, Lakewood Elementary School, Honorable Mention, AAE Teachers' Choice

In 1961, the Arkansas Arts Center hosted the first statewide Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition to ensure learning, inspiration, and creative expression. This annual children’s art exhibition showcases artwork by students in kindergarten through 12th grade from across the state. Hundreds of works in a variety of media are juried by a professional panel and a chief juror selects a "Best of Class" and two "Honorable Mentions" for each grade. Monetary awards are provided to each winner's school. Awards are announced at the YAA Family Festival which will be held on May 9, 2020 from 10 a.m. to noon at AAC’s Riverdale location.

Each year, selections from the exhibition are displayed throughout the state as part of the Arkansas Arts Center's Statewide ArtsReach program.

Online entry for the 59th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition begins on December 2, 2019. The deadline for entries is February 23, 2020. Your participation ensures the continued success of the exhibition.

Read about last year's exhibition!

guidelines       Entry Form



The 59th Young Arkansas Artists Exhibition Sponsored by

Isabel and John ed anthony

JC Thompson trust

Barbara house

Dale and Lee Ronnel

Pat Wilson


Awards Sponsored by

Arkansas Children's Hospital 

Mid-Southern Watercolorists



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