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Oklahoma High School Art Competition

The Oklahoma High School Art Competition is a competition of two-dimensional artwork among Oklahoma high school students hosted annually by the Oklahoma City University School of Visual Arts and the Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery since 1985.

Exhibition Dates: November 5-19, 2017

Opening Reception: Sunday, November 5, 2:00-5:00 pm

Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery, Norick Art Center

Drop off entries on October 9, 10, 11 between 9am-5pm*

*Call or email in advance to make special arrangements with Holly Moye at or 405-208-5226.

Deadline for All Entries: October 11, 2017, 5:00 pm.

Entry Form (PDF)


Any Oklahoma student in grades 9-12 may enter. Work from the previous spring semester may be submitted if the student is currently in high school. Only teachers can submit artwork. Teachers must represent a public, private, or parochial high school. Home-schooled students must have artwork submitted by a parent or guardian.

Media, Size, and Presentation


The following works of art are allowed:

  • prints
  • drawings in pencil, charcoal, pastel
  • collages
  • paintings
  • photographs


Works are not to exceed 30"x 40"x 2," including the mat/canvas.


Stretched canvas artworks must be ready to hang.

In order to accommodate labels, entries should have a black, grey or white mat and/or should be covered with acetate or shrink-wrap.

The following items will not be accepted:

  • framed objects
  • three-dimensional work
  • work with colored mats
  • over-sized work
  • work previously shown in this competition

All entries must be original and executed during the school years of grades nine through twelve.

Participation is limited to three entries per student.


Each work of art must have an entry form filled out with the information requested, and taped to the upper left corner on the back of the mat. Each school or teacher must include a master list filled out with the information requested of participating students. Entry numbers on individual works must correspond to those on the master list.

Entry Form (PDF)


Artwork will be received at Oklahoma City University's Norick Art Center through October 11.

Office hours are 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. If special arrangements are needed, call (405) 208-5226.

Work may be hand delivered to:

Norick Art Center, 1601 NW 26th Street Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Mail entries to:

Norick Art Center Oklahoma City University 2501 N. Blackwelder Oklahoma City, OK 73106

Oklahoma City University will not pay for shipping.


Oklahoma City University Art Department faculty chooses the work that is admitted into the exhibition, as well as, the award winners. The exhibit is intended to reflect a variety of media and techniques appropriate to high school art students, while representing as many of the state's schools as our facilities will allow.


Top entries awarded $3,000 in scholarship funds.


Notification of work juried into the exhibition will be by email.

If the initial email is unsuccessful, please contact Holly Moye at or 405-208-5252 so that information can be prepared in a different format or sent via mail or fax.

Information about work juried into the show will not be given by telephone.


The OCU Art Department does not sell artwork from the High School Art Competition.


Entries will be handled with all possible care. However, the Oklahoma City University Art Department and its employees will not assume responsibility for loss or damage from any cause. Submission of work to this exhibition implies an agreement on the part of the student to all conditions of this prospectus, including reproduction for the university's website.

Picking up Work

Entries must be picked up by December 1, 2017. Work will only be released to the instructor or someone designated by the instructor.


Oklahoma City University provides equality of opportunity in higher education for all persons, including faculty and employees with respect to hiring, continuation, promotion and tenure, applicants for admission, enrolled students, and graduates, without discrimination or segregation on the grounds of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, handicap or disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

The Assistant Vice-President of Human Resources, located in Room 105 of the Clara E. Jones Administration Building, telephone (405) 208-5857, coordinates the university's compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.

Entry Form (PDF)

Map & Directions

The Nona Jean Hulsey Gallery is located in the Norick Art Center on the Oklahoma City University campus.

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From I-235 (north or south)

  • Exit at N 23rd St. Westbound.
  • Travel west on NW 23rd Street to N. McKinley Ave.
  • Turn right (north) on N. McKinley Ave to NW 27th Street.
  • Turn left (west) on 27th St., go two blocks and turn left (south) on N. Florida Ave.
  • Drive south on N. Florida Ave to NW 26th Street.
  • Turn left (east) on NW 26th Street. The Norick Art Center is on the corner of NW 26th and Blackwelder.

From I-44 (north or south)

  • Exit at NW 23rd Street Eastbound.
  • Drive east on NW 23rd Street to N. Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Turn left (north) on N. Pennsylvania Ave to NW 27th Street.
  • Turn right (east) on 27th Street. Continue east to N. Florida Ave.
  • Turn right (south) on N. Florida Ave. Drive south on N. Florida Ave to NW 26th Street.
  • Turn left (east) on NW 26th Street. The Norick Art Center is on the corner of NW 26th and Blackwelder.