Youth Art Show

2014 Youth Art Show

The annual Youth Art Show is an opportunity for students to learn more about the American Quarter Horse and then express what they’ve learned through original artwork. The students’ creations are entered in a competition and could win cash prizes.

Once again, the Museum will provide teachers with curriculum that follow the TEKS, and resources to the following themes to teach your students about the American Quarter Horse. The artwork can be based around 

In addition to creating artwork, the students will need to write a 300* word essay explaining what they learned and how it inspired their work.  All artwork must be to the Hall of Fame by November 7, 2014 by 5:00 p.m. Once the art has been sent to the Hall of Fame, staff will judge on the student's written essay, art quality and composition.  Only the best 150 pieces will be hung in the Scharbauer Gallery and will be on display from December to mid-January.

Participating teachers and students are encouraged to attend the opening reception on the evening of December 9. During the evening event, winners will be announced and will receive their cash prize.  There are separate first, second and third place cash prizes for students in the junior high division and the senior high division.  The cash prizes are as follows:

  • First place $500
  • Second place $250
  • Third place $100

The student whose artwork is chosen as "The Best in Show" will have their work hung in the Museum for one year.  In addition to this honor, the teacher representing the winning student will be awarded a FREE field trip to the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum for the 2014-15 school year. 

Registration for the 2014 Youth Art Show is closed. See below for the 2014 winners.

Official Rules and Guidelines for the 2014 Youth Art Show  

  1. We are interested in work that captures the spirit of the American Quarter Horse and addresses the theme the Historical Horse.  All Youth Art Show pieces should focus on the American Quarter Horse in scenery chosen from the approved historical events list. 
  2. *Students are required to write a 300 word essay of their work and how it relates to their chosen theme event. The essay must explain the historical era or event in which the American Quarter Horse is being illustrated. All participants must compose their own original content. The essays need to be typed, in Arial font and attached to the back of their artwork. Essays that have less than 150 words, handwritten or submitted in any other font than Arial will be disqualified.
  3. Artwork securely mounted flat on no larger than a 16 x 20” piece of flat black foam core with a minimum of a 1”  border around the artwork. The 1" inch border allows the curator to hang the art without puncturing it with a nail used to display it.  Please contact the Hall of Fame if the school or student cannot obtain black foam core.
  4. Contestants are limited to one entry each. Entries may be in a medium of the artist's choice but must be a medium presentable on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board.  
  5. Three dimensional pieces can stand no more than 1" off the black foam core and must be secured efficiently on board.
  6. Entries using photography, or graphic design as their primary medium will not be considered for this contest.
  7. Entries are not to be framed. 
  8. Composition must be original. 
  9. Photographs may be used for reference, but artwork determined to have been traced, copied from an existing photograph or work of art will be disqualified.  Photographs or items of reference must be scanned and/or photocopied and attached to the back of the artwork with the essay. 
  10. Please let us know if you are having difficulty getting the pieces to the Museum. 
  11. Top 150 chosen pieces will hang in the Museum to be viewed by the public. 
  12. Any artwork left past the pick up date will be disposed of by the Museum.


Take a look at the 2012 winners

Take a look at the 2013 winners

Take a look at the 2014 winners