Youth Art Show

As you plan your school year, go ahead and mark two very important dates on your calendar!  First is the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum 2015 Youth Art Show opening reception on December 8.  The second is the FREE America's Horse In Art-Versatility and Art Field Trip on Tuesday, October 6; professional artists will lead a discussion addressing equine art techniques and how to pursue a career in art. (Scroll down to learn more about the FREE Art Field Trip)

2015 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.

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. Keeping in step with AQHA's 75th Anniversary, we are providing research on the 16 ranches and families who have bred American Quarter Horses for the last three-quarters of a century and have had an impact on ranching, served our country or competed in either racing or rodeos. The artwork can be based around 

  1. Norell
  2. Tequesquite
  3. Haythorn Land and Cattle Co.
  4. JA Ranch
  5. Shoemake/Eddleman
  1. Alice Moore
  2. Pitchfork
  3. Waggoner Ranch
  4. 6666
  5. R.A. Brown
  1. King
  2. Bonham
  3. Spires
  4. Scharbauer Cattle Company
  5. Benny Binion Estate
  6. Pete Reynolds Estate

In addition to creating artwork, the students will need to write a 200* word essay explaining what they learned and how it inspired their work.  All students must be registered by October 16, 2015 - any and all entries received after October 16, 2015 will not be eligible for final consideration.  All artwork must be at the Hall of Fame by Saturday, November 7, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. Once the art has been sent to the Hall of Fame, staff will judge the student's written essay, and the artwork will be reviewed by our jury of professional artists.  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 8. 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
  • (2) Honorable Mentions $25

The student whose artwork is chosen as "The Best in Show" will have their work custom-framed and 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 2015-16 school year. 


FREE Art Field Trip

If you plan to participate in the Youth Art Show, you will also want to make an effort to join us on October 6, 2015 for this art-focused field trip.  We have invited three artists from our current exhibit, America's Horse In Art, to lead discussions on art techniques and how to accurately depict an animal, such as the Quarter Horse, in art.  They will share their tips and tricks on how they were able to pursue an art career.

In order to ensure students have adequate time with the artists and have a valuable experience, we have scheduled the following time allotments:

  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

- The maximum number of students in each time slot is 90

We will also offer free admission to this art-focused field trip, which has been made possible with funding from our friends at the Josephine Anderson Charitable Trust.  We do have funding available on a first-come basis to help cover transportation costs.  Please contact the Museum for more information.


Official Rules and Guidelines for the 2015 Youth Art Show  

  1. All participants must register by the deadline, October 16, 2015.  If registration is not received, student's artwork will not be judged for the exhibit.  All entries will receive a confirmation email from the museum stating the proper forms were received.
  2. Teachers must register students currently enrolled in their class.
  3. We are interested in work that captures the spirit of the American Quarter Horse and addresses the themes: Ranchers and Cattle Drives, US Military Horses throughout American History, and Racing and Rodeos.  All Youth Art Show pieces should focus on the American Quarter Horse in scenery chosen from the approved historical events list. 
  4. *Students are required to write a 200 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 75 words, handwritten or submitted in any other font than Arial will be disqualified.
  5. Students must use the provided resources to learn more about their subject. The Hall of Fame & Museum staff does not consider Wikipedia a reliable research source.
  6. Artwork must be 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.
  7. 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.  
  8. Three dimensional pieces can stand no more than 1.5" off the black foam core and must be secured efficiently on board.
  9. Entries using photography or graphic design as their primary medium will not be considered for this contest.
  10. Entries are not to be framed. 
  11. Composition must be original. Photographs can be used as a reference and must accompany the piece for judging.
  12. 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. 
  13. Please let us know if you are having difficulty getting the pieces to the Museum. 
  14. Top 150 chosen pieces will hang in the Museum to be viewed by the public. 
  15. Any artwork left past the pickup date of January 30, 2016 will be disposed of by the Museum.
  16. Students eligible for entry must attend school in the following counties:

 Armstrong County   Briscoe County  Carson County   Castro County   Childress County
 Collingsworth County  Dallam County  Deaf Smith County  Donley County  Gray County
 Hall County  Hartley County  Hemphill County  Hutchinson County  Lipscomb County
 Moore County  Ochiltree County  Oldham County  Parmer County  Potter County
 Randall County  Roberts County  Sherman County  Swisher County  Wheeler County


Take a look at the 2012 winners

Take a look at the 2013 winners

Take a look at the 2014 winners