Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

2020 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Best of Show – El Reno HS
(Photo courtesy of Fred Marvel)


The OSAE is sponsored in part by 




The Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition (OSAE) is a juried art show open to all Oklahoma students grades Pre-K thru 12. Participating schools submit student artwork and distinguished jurors examine each piece entered in the competition. Hundreds of pieces are judged in May and exhibited in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center during the Fair in September. 

In the past, $3,400 in Hobby Lobby gift cards was awarded to the winning schools art programs. Last year, an additional $3,100 in cash was added, courtesy of Hobby Lobby and the Oklahoma State Fair, for a total of $6,500 in awards. 

OSAE is FREE to enter and a great way to showcase student artwork. In addition to the 20 entries each school may enter, we accept an additional five entries for developmentally challenged students and one Ribbon Recycle Challenge piece from each school. 

The Oklahoma State Fair offers five annual art scholarships available to graduating seniors whose school participated in the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition within the past two years. 


Exciting News

Due to COVID-19, the 10 Special Awarded pieces are on display at the following Oklahoma art galleries.

Tuesday, August 11 – Saturday, August 22
            ARTSPACE at Untitled
            1 NE 3rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Tuesday, August 25 – Saturday, September 12
            Paseo Arts and Creativity Center
            3024 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Tuesday, September 15 – Wednesday, September 30
            Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
            1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK 73533

The OSAE reclaim for all student art is still scheduled for Friday, October 2, 3 – 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 3, 9 a.m. – noon in the Creative Arts building, State Fair Park, Oklahoma City. 


Regional Take-In & Judging Sites

Teachers in other parts of the state no longer need to make three trips to Oklahoma City for their students participating in the OSAE. In addition to Oklahoma City, take-in and judging are now available in Ada, Duncan, Enid and Tulsa. Every county in Oklahoma is assigned to one of the five district sites. See the prospectus for more information. 


Entry Information

  2020 OSAE Prospectus  

Registration for 2021 OSAE will open in January. Check back for updated information.

The first 10 schools to register each year earn $100 Hobby Lobby gift cards. These are presented at the OSAE Awards Ceremony during the Oklahoma State Fair.

Congratulations to the first 10 schools who registered for the 2020 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition.

Each of these schools receive a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card to be used for art supplies.

  • El Reno High School
  • Heritage Elementary School 
  • Lakehoma High School
  • Lakeview Elementary School
  • Lone Grove Middle School
  • Newcastle Middle School
  • Oakridge Elementary School
  • Southmoore High School
  • Whitebead Public Schools
  • Woodward High School


Ribbon Recycle Challenge - Sponsored by Wade Shows

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 OSAE. Participating schools receive a packet of at least 200 surplus ribbons to create unique works of art while practicing the principle of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” All schools participating in OSAE are invited to participate in the Ribbon Recycle Challenge. This year, a total of $1,500 in cash and gift cards will be awarded, courtesy of Wade Shows, the carnival provider for the Oklahoma State Fair.

    2020 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Guidelines


2020 OSAE Results

To those who participated, taught their students, transported art or just encouraged your artist, thank you from the Oklahoma State Fair. Without you, this program would not be a success!

  2020 OSAE Awards Publication


Visual Arts Scholarship

The Oklahoma State Fair offers five annual art scholarships available to graduating seniors whose school participated in the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition within the prior two years. 

Registration is now closed. Please check back for the updated 2021 guidelines. Registration opens in January.

  2021 Visual Arts Scholarship Guidelines


University Partners

University of Central Oklahoma: UCO will match the first two recipients who apply to UCO for the $1,500 scholarships presented by the Oklahoma State Fair. For complete information, contact the College of Fine Arts and Design. 

Oklahoma City University: OKCU will provide an art talent scholarship of $3,000 for $1,500 scholarship recipients and an art talent scholarship of $1,000 for $500 scholarship recipients. This funding is applicable only for Studio Art and Film majors and is renewable for up to four years for a total of $4,000 - $12,000. OKCU will determine the parameters for use of these funds. All funds must be accepted no later than August 1, 2020.


2020 Visual Arts Scholarship Winners


Melissa Angel, Coweta High School
Julia Bischoff, Carl Albert High School
Santana Jimenez-Calhoun, Norman High School


Bryant Chitsey, Choctaw High School
William Mustachia, Carl Albert High School