Art Contests & Competitions

All AP Studio Art students need to participate in at least one art contest per year. It’s up to you to choose the contest. Little contests at Mt. Eden (i.e. a sweater design for a club) are NOT acceptable. Instead, choose something bigger with a bigger prize than a free t-shirt.

Need to find a contest? Click here to go to the Student Art Guide’s list of 50+ Awesome Art Competitions!

I will add links to contests on this page so check back often!


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

About the Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Awards are an important opportunity for students to be recognized for their creative talents. Each year, the Alliance partners with more than 100 visual and literary-arts focused organizations across the country to bring The Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7 through 12 can apply in 28 categories of art and writing for the chance to earn scholarships and have their works exhibited or published.

Submissions are juried by luminaries in the visual and literary arts, some of whom are past award recipients. Panelists look for works that best exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.

To date, the Awards have encouraged over 13 million students, recognized more than 9 million young artists and writers, and made available more than $25 million in awards and scholarships. They continue to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

What You Can Win


Students who win at the regional level are celebrated at local ceremonies and have their work showcased in exhibitions, publications and at public readings. National Medalists are celebrated at a prestigious Carnegie Hall ceremony and have their work showcased in reputable galleries in New York City.

Regional Awards

  • Gold Key: The highest level of achievement on the regional level. Approximately 7 – 10% of all regional submissions are recognized with Gold Key Awards and all are considered for national-level recognition.
  • Silver Key: Approximately 10 – 15% of all regional submissions are recognized with Silver Key Awards.
  • Honorable Mention: This Award recognizes students with artistic potential. Approximately 15 – 20% of all regional submissions receive Honorable Mention Awards.
  • American Visions & Voices Nominees: Five works are selected out of all Gold Key works (across categories) as the “Best of Show” for each region.

National Awards

  • Gold Medal: The most outstanding works in the nation.
  • Silver Medal: Works demonstrating high honors on the national level.
  • American Visions & Voices Medal: An esteemed panel of jurors selects the best of the five American Voices & Visions Nominees from each region to receive national recognition with the American Visions & Voices Medal.


The Alliance’s Regional Programs mount more than 70 art exhibitions in museums and galleries across the country. Regional exhibitions include Milwaukee Art Museum, WI; Miami Art Museum, FL; Ft. Wayne Museum of Art, IN; Stauth Memorial Museum, KS; College for Creative Studies, MI; Mississippi Museum of Art, MS; and Armory Center for the Arts, CA; among many others.

The 2012 National ART.WRITE.NOW NYC Exhibition, showcasing National Gold Medalist work, will be on display in New York City in June 2012 coinciding with the national celebration at Carnegie Hall on June 1, 2012. Approximately 300 works of art and more than 50 works of writing from the National Award winners will be included in the exhibition. The Alliance also holds ongoing exhibitions at the U.S. Department of Education and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and in cities across the country via the ART.WRITE.NOW national touring exhibition.


Selections from The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are published in the National Catalog, Best Teen Writing, and Spark (anthology of work by middle school students), which are distributed free of charge to schools and libraries nationwide. Works have also appeared in Scholastic publications including The Best Young Writers & Artists in America (Push), Scope magazine, Junior Scholastic magazine, Scholastic Art magazine, New York Times Upfront magazine.


The Alliance presents over $250,000 annually in awards and scholarships to top winners of the Awards and their teachers. National Medalist seniors are eligible to receive scholarships through partnerships with esteemed colleges and universities. Click here to learn more!


Click here for info on how to submit!

The ACT High School Poster Concept Contest postercontest/index.html

Show us why the ACT is your college entrance exam, and you could win scholarship money for college!

Create an original poster answering the question, “Why Take the ACT?” promoting the theme of attending college and taking the ACT as the college entrance exam of choice. Submit your poster to our contest and you could win a scholarship!

Documents to download and print:


To access the logos, first save the compressed file to your hard drive. Then find the saved file, right-click on it, and use WinZip to extract the logos. Save the version of the logo you would like to use to your desktop, and then insert it into your document.

Questions? Email us at


Recycling Poster and Essay Contest

Each year the city of Hayward holds an Earth Day (Recycling)  Poster and Essay Contest for all Hayward students in grades K through 12. The focus is to give students an opportunity to share their ideas about recycling and how it helps our environment. Notices and flyers are sent in February to teachers in all Hayward schools announcing the contest rules and submittal deadline.Volunteers from the Hayward Arts Council review the essays and posters. Winners receive a Visa gift card and are honored at a City Council Meeting.Winning entries are displayed in the second floor lobby of City Hall from June through September.

In 2015, Mt. Eden Junior, Peggy Enriquez won 2nd place!

In 2013 Maryelle Abella won 3rd place.

In 2011 Mt. Eden’s own Jankley Garcia won 1st place in the 9th-12th grade level.

Way to go Jankley!

National Congressional Art Competition

Each spring, the Congressional Institute sponsors a nationwide high school visual art competition to recognize and encourage artistic talent in the nation and in each congressional district. The competition provides an opportunity for members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents.

Students submit entries to their representative’s office, and panels of local artists in each district select the winning entries, which are then displayed for one year at the Capitol.

Winners are recognized both in their district and at an annual Awards Ceremony in Washington, DC. Since it began in 1982, more than 650,000 high school students have participated.

Click Here to learn more about how to enter!

Mt. Eden’s Winners:

In 2011, Mt. Eden’s own Jared Gochuico won the Congressional Art Competition for PeteStark’s district.  His winning piece was the Foreshortening Breadth Assignment.

His work hung in the Capital building in Washington DC for one year. Jared and a parent flew to Washing DC for the national award ceremony courtesy of Southwest airlines.
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Way to go Jared!!!


Jared was also honored at an HUSD School Board meeting where he spoke eloquently about the importance of arts education.

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Below, AP student Jason Lee & Congressman Eric Swalwell discuss his work at the Congressional reception in 2013.Jason and SwalwellDSCN0280



In 2014, AP student Kristia Bondoc won 3rd place with this piece.


Her work hung in Congressman Swalwell’s Hayward office for one year.

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Click here to see all the winners from 2014.