Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

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 through 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 during the Oklahoma State Fair in September. 

In the past, $3,400 in Hobby Lobby Gift Cards was awarded to the winning schools art programs. Several years ago, an additional $3,900 in cash was added for a total of $7,300 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. 


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 OSAE Competition Guide for more information. 


Online Registration Information

  2021 OSAE Competition Guide  

Registration for the Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition will open in early spring. Check back for updated competition guidelines and registration. 

The first 10 schools to register each year receive a $100 Hobby Lobby Gift Card, which will be presented at the OSAE Awards Ceremony during the Oklahoma State Fair.


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 $950 in cash and gift cards will be awarded, courtesy of Wade Shows, the carnival provider for the Oklahoma State Fair.

    2021 Ribbon Recycle Challenge Guidelines


2021 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!

  2021 OSAE Awards Publication


Traveling Exhibit

The Oklahoma State Fair is excited to announce that the 10 Special Award pieces will be on display at several prominent art galleries throughout the state. You can view the art at the following locations during the listed dates:

Monday, July 19 – Friday, July 30 – Chisholm Trail Heritage Center
1000 Chisholm Trail Pkwy, Duncan, OK  73533

Monday, August 2 – Friday August 13 – Artspace at Untitled
1 NE 3rd St, Oklahoma City, OK  73104

Monday, August 16 – Friday, August 27 – Paseo Arts Association
3024 Paseo, Oklahoma City, OK 73103


OSAE 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. 

View the 2022 OSAE Visual Arts Scholarship Guidelines and reistration below.


The 2021 Visual Arts Scholarship winners' portfolios can be viewed below.

Winning Portfolios


University Partners

University of Central Oklahoma: UCO will match the $1,500 scholarships presented by the Oklahoma State Fair. The funding is applicable only for Studio Art, Art Education or Art History majors. Recipients must be enrolled full-time as an art major no later than August 15, 2021. For complete information, contact Ines Burnham at

Oklahoma City University: OCU 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. OCU will determine the parameters for use of these funds. All funds must be accepted no later than August 1, 2021. For complete information, contact Kurt Grau at


2021 Visual Arts Scholarship Winners


Habbie Colen, Perry High School
Ian Choi, Enid High School
Jackson Morgan, Oklahoma Bible Academy


Avery Crawford, Noble High School
Tragan Goodnight, Bethel High School

Click the link below to view a sample of the Oklahoma State Fair Visual Arts Scholarship Portfolio

Scholarship Portfolio