Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

OSAE High School Best of Show – Watercolor by Diego Flores, Pauls Valley HS
(Photo courtesy of Fred Marvel)


The OSAE is sponsored in part by 


The official frame shop of the OSAE 

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 juror-selected in May and exhibited in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. 


Exciting News


In 2017, $3,400 in Hobby Lobby gift cards was awarded to the winning schools art programs. In 2018, an additional $3,100 in cash was added, courtesy of Hobby Lobby and the Oklahoma State Fair, for a total value of $6,500. 

OSAE is FREE to enter and a great way to showcase student work. 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 State Fair has an annual art scholarship available to graduating seniors whose school participated in OSAE within the past two years. 


Regional Take-In & Judging Sites


Teachers in other parts of the state no longer have to make three trips to Oklahoma City for their students participate in the OSAE. In 2018, in addition to Oklahoma City, take-in and judging were available in Enid, Ada, Lawton and Tulsa. Every county in Oklahoma is assigned to one of the five district sites. See the prospectus for more information. 


Entry Information  


Registration is closed for 2018. Registration for next year will open in March 2019. The 2018 Prospectus will remain online for general information.  

  2018 Prospectus 


Ribbon Recycle Challenge 


Each year, hundreds of ribbons are awarded to winning competitors at the Fair. Inevitably, we have 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. All participating OSAE schools are invited to participate. The Best of Show piece will be part of the VASE auction with proceeds benefitting the winning school. The winning school receives $1,000 in cash and Hobby Lobby gift cards. 

    2018 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Rules 


2018 OSAE Winners


Elementary School

Best of Show - Thao Tran, Arbor Grove ES
Judges' Choice - Cameron Berumen, Arbor Grove ES
Superintendent's Choice - Warren Hacker, Greystone ES


Middle/Junior High School

Best of Show - Andrea Mendizabal, Clinton MS
Judges' Choice - Mersadies Eastin, Oklahoma Bible Academy
Superintendent's Choice - Carter Quirey, Lone Grove MS


High School

Best of Show - Diego Flores, Pauls Valley HS
Judges' Choice - Hunter Adkins, Norman HS
Superintendent's Choice - Jillian Bouse, Woodward HS


Ribbon Recycle Challenge 

Best of Show & 1st Place Elementary School - Oakridge ES
1st Place Middle/Junior High School - Cheyenne MS
1st Place High School - Clinton HS

Visual Arts Scholarship 


The visual arts scholarship application is now closed. The 2018 guidelines are available for reference. The 2019 guidelines will be available in January 2019. 

 2018 Guidelines 




OSAE Scholarships made possible by The Ad Astra Foundation and The Wilshire Foundation.


2018 Visual Arts Scholarship Winners



Katelyn Cejka, Bethel High School
Imani Davis, Star Spencer High School
Mariah Duwel, Carl Albert High School


Kaitlyn Dooley, Choctaw High School
Ashlynn Cook, Woodward High School




Nancy Nortz