Submissions are now open for the 2020-2021 Scholastic Art Awards! 

Click here to view last year’s award winners: 2020 Scholastic Art Awards_Miami Valley Region 

How to sign up:

Visit Our Affiliate Website to sign up and submit your artwork.

If you do not have art classes at your school, join our AIT afterschool program at K12 to create your artwork.

Questions?  Call or email Abby Beneke, MV Regional Scholastic Art Awards Director at 937-461-5149 or

Ajaya Shelton, Stivers School For Arts: Bantu Knots

2020-21 Scholastic Art Awards

As the Miami Valley Regional Affiliate, K12 Gallery & TEJAS implements the Scholastic Art Awards for teens in the Miami Valley Region. The Scholastic Art Awards is a 97 year old national art competition that lets students compete with others in their region and then with other students nationally. The program fosters creativity and provides a platform for young people to gain recognition and compete for scholarship funds. All students in grades 7-12 are eligible.  K12 Gallery & TEJAS is the Regional Affiliate for the Greater Miami Valley Area, which includes the counties of Greene, Montgomery, Preble, Clark, Miami, Logan, Shelby, Dark, Champaign and Warren (Springboro and Waynesville Schools only).

Important Dates

December 18th – Online Submission Deadline (midnight)

To submit artwork and find more information visit:

Or contact Abby Beneke at K12 Gallery & TEJAS at 937.461.5149 or



Begun in 1923, the Scholastics Art and Writing Awards are 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. The awards have an impressive roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, John Baldessari, Sylvia Plath, Phillip Pearlstein, John Currin and Robert Redford.

The Art Awards programs recognizes the work of talented young artists in Grades 7-12. Jurors from a wide variety of art disciplines evaluate each work entered in one of sixteen 2D and 3D media categories. Younger grade levels are juried separately from older grade levels. Jurors do not consider students’ names or schools and artwork is judged solely on originality, technical proficiency and personal vision.

All students whose entries are selected for inclusion in the Miami Valley Regional Exhibition held here at K12 Gallery & TEJAS are awarded a Gold Key, Silver Key or Honorable Mention and will receive a certificate of merit at the Regional Awards celebration.

At the completion of our Regional exhibition, Gold Key artworks are sent to New York City via digital form to compete for national honors with others from Regional art exhibitions from across the United States.

Media Categories

Film & Animation
Ceramics & Glass
Comic Art
Mixed Media
Digital Art
Video Game Design*

Art Portfolio** (for graduating seniors)

Please visit the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards website to see a full list of scholarship and award opportunities.

*Judged in New York

**Photography portfolios will now be included under this category.

Regional Scholastics Events

Miami Valley Regional Exhibition Dates:

Location: K12 Gallery & TEJAS; 341 S. Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402

All artwork should arrive ready to mount. 2D artwork must be matted, preferably in a white or black matt (frames are not preferred). Pedestals will be provided for 3D artwork. Please ensure that work is labeled on the back with students name, title, and school.

Miami Valley Regional Awards Ceremony & Closing Reception:

Saturday, February 23, 2019 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Location: K12 Gallery & TEJAS, 341 S. Jefferson St, Dayton, OH 45402

6:00-6:45, 7th & 8th Grade Award Ceremony
7:00-8:00, 9th & 10th Grade Award Ceremony
8:30-9:30, 11th & 12th Grade Award Ceremony

Students are invited to receive their awards in the company of their friends, family and the community. Awards ceremony will include presentation of student awards and keynote speakers. No limit to the number of guests. *Students wishing to participate in the awards ceremony need to RSVP to or 461-5149 no later than the day before the event.

*Students can pick up/take home artwork the night of the ceremony after the conclusion of the last student award ceremony at 9:30pm.

2020-21 Submission Information

As the Miami Valley Regional Affiliate, K12 Gallery & TEJAS hosts and coordinates The Awards for the counties of: Montgomery, Greene, Preble, Clark, Miami, Dark, Champaign, Shelby, Logan and part of Warren (Springboro and Waynesville schools only). All students in grades 7-12 residing in those counties are eligible to compete in the Regional Level of the Art Awards through K12 Gallery & TEJAS.

The Art Awards fosters creativity, provides a platform for young people to gain recognition for their excellence in the visual arts, and allows students to compete for scholarship funds.

Students register online and upload images at:

After registering and uploading all images and information online, print, acquire proper signatures and mail or drop off all paperwork to:

K12 Gallery & TEJAS
(Attn: Scholastic Art Awards)
341 S. Jefferson St
Dayton, OH 45402

Submission deadline: December 18, 2020.