Nov. 17 is Deadline to Submit Artwork for 2018 International Student Art Contest

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For the past eight years, the Space Foundation has been putting the "A" in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) by hosting an annual International Student Art Contest. This year, unlike the years before, something special has occurred -- more early entries than ever! Nearly 150 entries have been submitted at the time of this writing, about a month before the deadline. Last year, more than 3,000 entries from around the world were submitted, with the majority submitted in the last week of the contest.

The Space Foundation art contest team is excited by the early numbers and is hopeful for a record-breaking year. The contest opened in late August 2017, and will no longer accept entries after noon universal time (12:00 UTC), Nov. 17, 2017. Student artists from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the contest by submitting their original artwork. Children may draw, paint or create a digital mixed media image for the 2018 contest. There is no cost to enter.

Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in January 2018.

The art contest has attracted the attention around the globe, and in its past seven years has received several thousand art submissions. The 2017 contest featured 3,009 entries from children in 50 countries and 31 U.S. states.

Awards and Categories
The Space Foundation will award a total of 25 winners -- first, second and third place for each age category -- and a Space Foundation Achievement Award.

Acceptable Artwork Media/Format

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed media
  • Digital art

Eight Age Categories

  • 3 - 4 years
  • 5 - 6 years
  • 7 - 8 years
  • 9 - 10 years
  • 11 - 12 years
  • 13 - 14 years
  • 15 - 16 years
  • 17 - 18 years

Prizes and Exposure

  • Winning entries will be displayed on the Space Foundation website and on the contest website, social media and at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, where space professionals from around the world will see the exhibit. View past contest winning artwork at:
  • Winning artwork will later be displayed at the Space Foundation headquarters and Discovery Center, in Colorado Springs.
  • All winners receive international exposure - digital images of past winners' artwork have been sent to the International Space Station.

How to Enter
All artwork must be submitted electronically by a teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older, at

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

Due to the high volume of entries, we are unable to contact each participant regarding contest status. Please watch for details and announcements.

How to Sponsor the International Student Art Contest
Help keep this inspiring contest alive by providing sponsorship. For details, please contact the Space Foundation Philanthropy department at [email protected].

This article is part of Space Watch: November 2017 (Volume: 16, Issue: 11).