Expressions of Youth

A biennial competition for artists ages 11 to 19. Submissions due by February 10, 2019.

Call for Entries

The Museum of the Red River will begin accepting submissions for its biennial art competition for young artists, from January 27, 2019 to February 10, 2019. The show will be judged by Chris Powell, Associate Professor of Art from Texas Christian University. Submissions will be scored based on their technical quality, originality and artistic merit. Contestants will compete for $1,000 in cash prizes.


The competition will be broken into the following categories:

• Ages 11 – 15, two-dimensional
• Ages 11 – 15, three-dimensional
• Ages 16 – 19, two-dimensional
• Ages 16 – 19, three-dimensional

Artists may submit two (2) pieces of work in any media, in-person or by mail at their own expense. (Previous submissions include, but are not limited to: watercolors, found-material, stoneware, textiles, photographic prints, acrylic paintings, clay, and sketches.) Please note, two-dimensional submissions like paintings and sketches must be mounted, read to hang, and framed. Click here to learn more about mounting and framing art.

Only original works will be accepted. Homework or plagiarized works will not be accepted. Due to the nature of the competition, extreme depictions of gore or nudity will not be accepted. Submissions that do not follow these rules may be disqualified at any stage of the contest. The decision to disqualify a submission is final and at the Museum of the Red River’s sole discretion.

The Museum cannot be held responsible for any loss or damage to any work submitted for exhibition. By submitting their work, the artists, their families and any agent, completely hold harmless, the Museum of the Red River, the Idabel Museum Society, The McCurtain County Art Club, the City of Idabel and their affiliates from any damage. All submissions and artists may be subject to photographic or other recording for the purposes of promotion, publicity, and history.

Entries must include this form. All submissions must remain on display from February 19 to March 3. A paper copy of these rules is available upon request or in the Museum Store. Entering this contest constitutes acceptance of these rules. Please call (580) 286-3616 or email [email protected] for more information.