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Student Art Scholarship

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Applications are now open.

2023 Student Art Scholarship

The Woodlands Arts Council invites graduating high school seniors to submit visual or literary works of art in the following categories: 2D, 3D, Short Fiction, Short Nonfiction and Poetry.

This year’s Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival featured artist is Cathra-Anne Barker whose work focuses on pattern. Students will be asked to reflect on the presence or absence of patterns in their submitted work . Awarded pieces will be featured in The Woodlands Arts Council Student Arts Scholarship Anthology Volume 1 which will be available for purchase at Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival.

Max limit of two submitted pieces per student. Applicants may submit work in both Visual Arts and Literary Arts. We are only accepting the first 100 visual art submissions.

3D Art

3-D includes: Sculpture, Jewelry, Glass, Ceramics, Small Metals, Mixed Media, Fibers, 3-D prints, Animation, etc.

In the categories:

Functional (includes Realism/Abstract/Conceptual/Comic)

Non-functional (includes Realism/Abstract/Conceptual/Comic)

Submission Standards:
  • 3D work must be of a size and nature that can be readily transported to the jury site.
  • Hanging work should not weigh more than 30 pounds.
  • Free standing works are suggested not to be more than 50 pounds including the base or other supporting structure and must be readily transportable
  • Work must be sturdy and able to stand solely on its base or supporting structure.
  • No work may have anything attached or protruding that would be dangerous to handle.
  • Animated work should be submitted as an MP4
  • Applicants in animation and video may submit a storyboard, character sketch, or stills taken from the video or animation as supporting works, provided they are prepared for display following the submission standards for 2D works.
  • Animated works, videos or films must be at least 30 seconds and not more than 3 minutes in total.
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining and furnishing releases, permissions, licenses needed for any models, actors, or copyrighted music or other material used.
  • Animated works will be displayed with a QR code that will allow the video to be played on visitors’ personal devices during judging or in our published Zine.
  • Submitted work must have your Name, School, Teacher, Genre, and Medium labeled on the back of the piece or an attached card
  • A high quality image or scan of the 3D work must be submitted via the APPLY software

2D Art

2-D includes: Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Ink, Photo, Digital, etc.

In the categories:

Realism (can include Stylized & Conceptual)

Abstract (can include Stylized & Conceptual)

Graphic (can include Stylized, Design, Comic, & Conceptual)

Submission Standards:
  • 2D work may be no larger than 30” x 40” and must weigh less than 30 lbs. Including up to a 3 inch mat.
  • Artwork needs to be properly fixed and stable for presentation.
  • Works on paper may be flush mounted or matted using black, white or grey mat board and backed with sturdy mat board or cardboard. Delicate work (drawings, watercolors, photos, pastels, etc.) may be submitted with a removable cover sheet to protect it and other pieces, no frames with glass. The loop side of Velcro or Velcro dots will be used to hang the light weight work at the mall. If you do not have access to them, they will be provided at the intake station at the mall on Friday.
  • Wrapped canvas, wood panels, and heavy mixed media pieces must be equipped with a wire for hanging.
  • A high quality image of the art work must be submitted via the APPLY software.
  • Submitted work must have your Name, School, Teacher, Genre, Medium labeled on the back of the piece.


Literary includes: Short Fiction, Short Non-Fiction, and Poetry

Submission Standards:
  • All submissions must be 750 words or less.
  • Submissions must be uploaded through the APPLY software in word, docx or pdf format in Times New Roman 12 pt font
  • All work must be the original work of the applicant. Quotations may be used sparingly and must be properly attributed to their source within the text.
  • Literary pieces should include a theme of patterns or the absence of patterns. This may be conveyed through a character or setting description, a plot or conflict element, dialogue, or word choice.
  • Literary works will be juried digitally and awarded at The Woodlands Mall on January 28, 2022


December 5, 2022 8AM: Application Opens

January 23, 2023 Midnight: Application Closes

January 27, 2023 3pm-6pm: 2D & 3D submission drop-off at The Woodlands Mall *Literary submissions do not have to be dropped off.

January 28, 2023 Noon-4pm: Ribbons will be placed on awarded artwork and all submissions will be on display at The Woodlands Mall.

January 28, 2023 4pm-6pm: 2D & 3D Artwork pick-up

list of the 2022 winners:

Best In Show Judith K. Wren Memorial Fund $8,000 Scholarship :

Xzavyor March "This Piece Was Drawn in a Mirror" - Grand Oaks High School

Awards of Excellence $4,000 Scholarship :

Sophia Stowell "garden of duplicity" - The Woodlands College Park High School
Ellery Pascual "tomorrow" -The Woodlands High School
Ellery Pascual "hoco" - The Woodlands High School
Ellis Kologinczak "Captured" - The Woodlands High School
Brian Mekelburg "Flyfishing" - The John Cooper School

Honorable Mention $1,000 Scholarship :

Jennifer Berg "My Friend, Victoria" - Oak Ridge High School
Adriana Gonzalez "Lifeless" - Caney Creek High School
Jenna Evans "48 Layers" - Caney Creek High School
Chloe Beck "Gentle Strength" - The John Cooper School
Jasmin Barrera "Bittersweet Release" - Caney Creek High School
Best In Show recipient Xzavyor March with TWAC Board President James Stilwell and Executive Director Jenny Carattini-Wright
Award of Excellence recipient Sophia Stowell with TWAC Board President James Stilwell
Award of Excellence recipient Ellis Kologinczak with TWAC Board President James Stilwell
Honorable Mention recipient Jennifer Berg with TWAC Board President James Stilwell
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