2020 Oklahoma State Fair Canceled


Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition

Ribbon Recycle Challenge Best of Show – El Reno HS (Pointillism from ribbon dots)
(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 juror-selected in May and exhibited in the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center during the Fair in September. 


Exciting News

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. 


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 Enid, Ada, Duncan 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 NOW CLOSED. Teachers who have registered will receive updates regarding take-in sites and dates. 


The top 10 overall merit schools, along with 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 2019 Oklahoma Student Art Exhibition.

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

  • Bristow High School – Bristow School District
  • Centennial Elementary School – Edmond School District
  • El Reno High School – El Reno School District
  • Lone Grove Middle School – Lone Grove School District
  • Newcastle Middle School – Newcastle School District
  • Perry High School – Perry School District
  • Putnam Heights Elementary – Oklahoma City School District
  • Southmoore High School – Moore School District
  • Whitebead Elementary School – Whitebead School District
  • U. S. Grant High School - Oklahoma City School District


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.



2019 OSAE Winners

The Top Ten Merit Schools each receive a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card and $100 cash.

Top Ten Merit Schools

  1. Pauls Valley
  2. Newcastle Middle School
  3. Jenks Southeast Elementary School
  4. Cheyenne Middle School of Edmond
  5. Piedmont Middle School
  6. Oklahoma Bible Academy Middle School
  7. Southmoore High School
  8. Bethel High School
  9. Earl Harris Elementary School
  10. Edmond North High School

Honorable Mentions went to Washington Elementary School of Clinton and Coweta High School.

The individual award winners earn Hobby Lobby gift cards and cash for their school’s art funds. Each school with a Best of Show, Judges’ Choice or Superintendent’s Choice winner receives a $100 Hobby Lobby gift card and $100 in cash.

Elementary School

Best of Show - Paizlee Whitten, Western Oaks Christian ES
Judges' Choice - Michelle Strotter, Horace Mann ES
Superintendent's Choice - Symphony Olwell, John Ross ES


Middle/Junior High School

Best of Show - Becca Benjamin, Oklahoma Bible Academy
Judges' Choice - Gracelyn Tramba, Belle Isle Enterprise MS
Superintendent's Choice - Jenifer Ruiz Borunda, Clinton MS


High School

Best of Show - McKenna Simpson, Edmond North HS
Judges' Choice - Lorelei Yarbrough, Bethel HS
Superintendent's Choice - Mariah Snider, Shawnee HS


Ribbon Recycle Challenge 

1st Place Elementary School - Jenks Southeast ES
1st Place Middle/Junior High School - Lone Grove MS
Best of Show & 1st Place High School - El Reno HS


Visual Arts Scholarship

Due to the current world health situation, the application period for the OSAE scholarship has been eextended. 

  2020 Guidelines

2020 Registration

Registration will close on Wednesday, April 15.

2019 Visual Arts Scholarship Winners


Avril Cowo, Southeast High School
Laura Rose, Vanoss High School
Taryn McLaughlin, Carl Albert High School


Cinthia Tu, Pauls Valley High School
Whisper Walker, Clinton High School


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.




Nancy Nortz