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2024 Governor’s Young Artist Competition


Who’s Eligible

All public, private, charter and home-schooled high school students (Grades 9-12) who reside in Arkansas are eligible.


2024 Competition’s Theme:


The Natural State


Our 2024 theme, “The Natural State,” welcomes our young Arkansas artists to submit artwork that is inspired by the state’s natural beauty. Art submissions should communicate a real message and purpose, as well as provoke emotion enticed by the native elements within Arkansas.


Submission Requirements

·         Artwork must be submitted by a high school teacher or representative.

·         Each high school teacher/representative may submit up to 15 pieces of artwork, with an individual limit of only THREE (3) submissions per student. Also, this is a juried show. Entries are NOT guaranteed acceptance.

·         There are NO fees associated with submission.

·         ANY piece created by students at any time during their high school education may be submitted as long as the piece adheres to the 2024 theme. However, reproductions are NOT allowed.

·         Photography entries (8X10 minimum) are limited to only FIVE (5) photos per student.

·         Students are required to include one sentence for each art piece explaining how their art submission incorporates this year’s theme. This is included on the “online application form.” Entries cannot be successfully submitted online without completing this requirement.


Media Specifications

·         Work must not exceed 40 inches wide by 40 inches high.

·         Minimum size is 11 X 14.

·         Work must be physical, tangible, and available to be displayed for the duration of the exhibition.

·         All winning submissions must be ready to hang for a professional gallery, and all pieces must be framed (contact Emily Fisher if you have questions about framing, as framing is not necessary on some larger canvas pieces) and have a “hanger” attached to the back. These do not have to be professionally framed and do not have to be matted. However, they must be “gallery ready” and again, have a hanging device attached to the back. No tape with wire or string will be allowed. Pastel and charcoal drawings must also be sprayed with fixative.

·         For those pieces accepted into the exhibit, please plan to affix a copy of the Student Information Form to the back of each accepted piece prior to delivery. If you have any questions about this, contact Emily Fisher, 501-324-9805.



Each artwork submission must be uploaded ONLINE, using the following link: 2024YoungArtistinResidence


You will use this link for EACH individual piece of artwork submitted. Please keep the images free of identifying information (artist name, etc.) as this information will require cropping of the image. ENTRIES ARE ONLY ACCEPTED THROUGH THIS LINK. The link is also available at our website:


Entries MUST be UPLOADED no later than 11:59pm on Friday, March 1, 2024


Other Important Dates

·         January 22, 2024 – Earliest date students can begin uploading their art submissions.

·         March 1, 2024 - DEADLINE for uploaded submissions to: 2024YoungArtistinResidence

·         Week of March 11, 2024 - Teachers/schools will be notified if submissions are selected for exhibition.

·         March 22, 2024 – DEADLINE for selected works (gallery ready) to be delivered to Mansion (MUST call to schedule delivery, 501-324-9805). Pieces may also be mailed to Mansion but must be received by the March 22 deadline.)

·         April 1, 2024 - The student exhibition at Governor’s Mansion begins.

·         May 3, 2024 (Tentative) - Awards Reception/Recognition ceremony at Governor’s Mansion.


For more information, contact Emily Fisher at:, or 501-324-9805

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