Submit Entries for the Space Foundation Student Art Contest

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The Space Foundation invites students in PreK-12th grade (or the equivalent outside the U.S.) to enter its annual student art contest. The Space Foundation's 2013 International Student Art Contest theme If I Were Going..., challenges students to imagine how they would personally experience space travel, exploration or settlement and then interpret that idea into an original work of visual art (drawing, painting or digital).

Teacher sponsorship is required, and teachers must submit artwork entries for their students.

The Space Foundation will give a total of 41 awards to 36 winners: 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each of three media/art categories for each grade level/age group. One grand prize winner will be selected for each grade category from among the 1st place winners in that group for a total of four grand prizes. In addition, the Space Foundation will confer a Space Foundation Achievement Award, which will be selected by the Space Foundation graphic arts team from among all the winners.

Four Grade Categories

  • PreK-2nd (3-7 years old)
  • 3rd-5th (8-10 years old)
  • 6th-8th (11-13 years old)
  • 9th-12th (14-18 years old)

Three Art Categories

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Digital

Winner Categories

  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners (36 total) representing each grade and art category
  • Four Grand Prize Winners - one for each grade category
  • One Space Foundation Achievement Award

Prizes and Exposure

  • All winners receive a prize, a ribbon and a certificate
  • Grand prize and Space Foundation Achievement Award Winners receive additional prizes
  • All entries will be displayed in the online Space Foundation art gallery on and winners will be showcased on the Space Foundation website
  • All winners receive international exposure - digital images of past winners' artwork have been sent to the International Space Station and some have even been "bounced" off the Moon

How to Enter - New, Easier Process
Due to the huge response we received last year, we have partnered with to receive all artwork entries. Artsonia is the world's largest online art gallery exclusively featuring the artwork of students in PreK-12th grade (or equivalent school levels outside of the U.S.). Artsonia is 100 percent free to use, and teachers may submit student art entries into the contest without joining Artsonia. To learn more, review details or submit artwork, go to

If you have art upload or submission questions, please contact Artsonia customer support at [email protected]. Or call 800.869.9974 (U.S. only) or +1.224.538.5060 (outside the U.S.)

For general contest questions, please contact the Space Foundation at [email protected].

To see previous winning artwork, click here for 2012 and here for 2011. To see a video about the 2012 contest featuring NASA astronauts, click here.

Pictured: 2012 first place winning artist Grace Tesar receives an autograph from astronaut Dr. James F. Reilly, II, at the art contest reception.


This article is part of Space Watch: September 2012 (Volume: 11, Issue: 9).