Painting the town: Student art competitions

Art doesn’t just belong on magnificent canvases in old museums or on pedestals to be gawked at by admiring crowds. Art can be found everywhere, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is taking art to the streets with the 2017 Student Art contest. 

DART is accepting submissions of artwork from students in grade K through 12 that incorporates the DART logo and the theme “the adventure starts here.” According to DART media relations representative, Mark Ball, “The Best of Show winner will have his or her artwork featured on DART buses and will receive a $1,000 cash prize. The winning entry will also be posted on DART's website at” 

Winners in other contest categories will receive cash and other possible prizes. Early submissions will receive a special prize and the art will be displayed at the Dallas Museum of Art. 

Students must submit an original art piece completed individually on 11” x 17” paper provided by DART (while supplies last) in landscape orientation and must include the artist’s name, grade level, school name and address, teacher’s name and phone number and email on the back. Artists must submit their workby Feb. 28. Winners will be notified by March 20. DART has hosted the contest since 1998. 

“It’s amazing to see how [the students] view our system. I’ve worked at DART for many years, so I know what a bus or train looks like but it’s always wonderful to see DART through their eyes,” said Ball.

Thunderducks will also have the opportunity to submit their original artwork and show their thanks during Appreciation Week at Richland. The Council of Teaching and Learning is sponsoring an art contest for students. In preparation for Appreciation Week at Richland College, April 17 - 21, a competition is being held for artwork to be used for the covers of thank you cards. Winners will receive gift certificates from Asel Art Supply. 

Submissions can be any media the artist chooses but must be suitable for Thank-You cards. Artistsmust submit their original work to John Drezek at by March 2 at noon. Designs should be 5.5” wide x 4.4” tall, and at least 300 dpi in jpeg format.