High school art contest registrations due Feb. 18

“Descending Leaves” won Best of Show during 2014’s Innovations art competition. The drawing was the work of Kayla Stevens of Glenpool High School. Registration for this year's competition is open to all Oklahoma high school junior and senior artists.

High school art contest registrations due Feb. 18


Cash prizes, public exhibition and multiple awards are up for grabs to the winners of this year’s Innovations art competition. Registration for high school artists is Feb. 18.

Registration is open to all Oklahoma high school junior and senior artists.

Students may use any preferred media. Last year’s show drew more than 139 students from 18 Oklahoma schools. Previous entries have included photography, watercolor, acrylic paint, steel, wire, ceramics and more.

“USAO and Innovations provide a great opportunity for juniors and seniors to display their art in a gallery setting,” said Jacquelyn Knapp, associate professor of art and director of the Innovations show. “I am always excited to see the new creations coming from art programs across the state and beyond.”

Students throughout the state may submit up to four original pieces of art for the competition. Entry fees are $3 per work. The deadline for all submissions is Feb. 18 by 7 p.m. Entries may be mailed to the USAO art department or delivered in person to the third floor of Davis Hall on the USAO campus.

Due to budget restraints, the art department will not mail invitations to individual schools to participate in the show. "All of the forms you need are on the website,” Knapp said.

Information on the USAO art department's can also be found on Facebook and Twitter

Knapp credits high school art instructors for the success of their students and the art contest. “Oklahoma has excellent art teachers that are working beyond the call of duty to prepare their students to study art at a university and the Innovations competition was designed specifically to showcase these young artists.”

Art from the show is scheduled to be on exhibit February 23-March 6. The awards presentation is scheduled March 6 at 1 p.m. at the university. Awards include 11 cash awards plus a People’s Choice Award. Cash prizes will be determined based on the number of entries received.

A panel composed of USAO art faculty will judge all entries. Visitors to the exhibit will decide on the People’s Choice Award.

“I believe it is important for young artists to see their competition and this venue provides the opportunity for their art to hang next to other artists from across the state,” Knapp said.

The art contest also provides an opportunity for high school seniors to make connections with USAO art faculty and to become familiar with the art program at the university. “All seniors,” Knapp noted, “can apply for art talent scholarships with a portfolio review.”

For more information about Innovations, or to schedule an appointment for a scholarship review, call Jacquelyn Knapp at 405-574-1302 or e-mail at