January 1-30, 2022: Submission window
March 6, 2022: Final Shine On performance and showcase
- The CSCOE Shine On Visual Arts competition is open to students in grades 4-8 attending Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Please note: First-place winners of previous Shine On competitions are not eligible to participate.
- Parents/guardians must assist the student in the registration process and will be asked to sign a media release.
- Each school may enter an unlimited number of pieces of artwork.
- Works submitted must have been created within one year of the competition – March 6, 2022.
- 2D and 3D works are accepted and need to be under 2’x2’.
- 2D work should be mounted on tag board and have some type of a hanging ring or hook on the back. Canvas paintings or anything similar do not need to be mounted on tag board but should have a hook or string on the back.
- Copyright law: Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will not be accepted. This includes artwork depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books.
- One entry per student. Only works by individuals will be accepted. No group projects.
- Finalists will be asked to attend the March 6 Shine On event. Winners will be announced and awards given during the Showcase.
- The theme of this competition is open.
- We encourage students to create and submit art that is classical, biblical or contemporary and shows creativity and individual expression.
- Pieces that depict violence, gore, adult themes or weapons (unless it is a biblical reference) will not be accepted.
Media and technique requirements
Any of the following media or techniques may be used:
- Paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.)
- Drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
- Collage materials (cut and glued papers, such as construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, aluminum foil, etc.)
- Prints (handmade stencils, gadget printing, collagraphs, block prints, etc.)
- Sculpting materials (clay, papier-mâché, etc.)
- Original digital illustration
Judging and winners
- A panel of judges will review entries by grade level based on technical skill, originality and creativity.
- Finalists will be selected from each grade level for inclusion in the March 6, 2022 Shine On showcase.
- One Best-in-Show winner will be named out of the grade-level finalists.
- Finalist artwork will be featured on the CSCOE website and in future CSCOE publications.
Submission and selection
- Individual schools will determine a selection process that best fits each school’s culture.
- School winners must submit digital copies of entries by January 30, 2022 using the registration link at the top of this page.
- Once accepted, finalists will be contacted with instructions for delivery of artwork on March 5 in preparation for the final show.
- Artwork will be on display during the day of the Shine On Performing Arts and Visual Arts Showcase.
- Artwork will need to get picked up by the student or teacher at the end of the showcase on March 6.