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Rules and Guidelines for the Roanoke Valley Student Art Competition

Who Can Enter?

Any Roanoke Valley public, private, or home-schooled student in kindergarten through 12th grade during the 2018-2019 school year may enter this art contest.

How the Contest Will Be Judged

Artwork will be judged on artistic merit, originality, creativity, how well the theme of the contest is depicted, and suitability for the show.  The artwork will be judged by a 3-member jury.

Prize Categories

K - 5 Grades:    1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

6 - 8 Grades:    1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

9 - 12 Grades:  1st, 2nd, 3rd Place

Best in Show Grand Prize (from any grade)

People's Choice (decided by attendees of the art reception)

Fundraising for the Rescue Mission

All artwork submitted to the competition will be displayed and put up for sale to the general public.  All sales proceeds will be split 50/50 between the student and the Rescue Mission.  Any artwork not sold by or during the art reception, must be taken by the students at the conclusion of the art reception.  Any work left after that, will be forfeit and become the property of Roanoke Valley Student Art Competition.

The sale of artwork and payment to student from that sale is handled by 2nd Helpings Gallery (Rescue Mission).  Roanoke Valley Student Art Competition is not responsible for this portion of the proceedings.

How the Contest Works

Each student who wishes to enter the contest must pick up a 12 x 12" canvas from designated locations (SEE BELOW).  Each student's entry fee must be dropped off at the same time.  The entry fee is $20 and all checks or money orders must be written to BMCA (no CASH will be accepted).  Student's names must also be written in the memo line as well as RVSAC. Each student may enter the contest more than once, but every entry requires an additional entry fee and canvas. 

Students then create their original artwork on the canvas using any medium of their choosing (paint, pencil, mixed media, clay etc.) depicting the theme of the competition.  The theme of this year's competition is Animals of the Roanoke Valley.  

Finished artwork must then be dropped off at a designated location, along with student's entry form and art release form, no later than FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2019.


How the Artwork Should Be Submitted

Designated locations

Pick up/drop off

Artwork should be completely dry before submission.  If using charcoal or other medium, a fixative should be used to protect the submission.  All artwork should be dropped off with Entry and Art Release Form at the following designated locations:

      1. 2nd Helpings Shop Gallery Cafe

          1502 Williamson Rd NE

          Roanoke, VA  24012

          Hours: 10-5 PM

      2. Present Thyme

          Towers Shopping Mall

          1016 23rd St. SW

          Roanoke, VA  24015

          Hours:  Mon - Sat:  10:00 - 6:00 PM, Sun: Closed


If you cannot make it to one of the locations to drop off your entry fee and pick up your canvas, please contact us.  We are willing to work with the community to make sure anyone who wants to enter can get a canvas.

How the Artwork Should Be Identified

On the back of every submission, the student must label the artwork with the following information:

     Name of Student

     Name of Artwork

     School Name

     Grade Level of Student

Please turn in your entry from with your completed artwork.

Rules For Originality

Students are responsible for entering only ORIGINAL WORKS of art totally produced by the participating students. Artwork MAY NOT be copied from other sources without substantial creative changes; this includes other paintings and photographs — unless the photo was composed and/or taken by the student or family member with the student’s direction. Every element of the artwork (design, lines, marks, paint, color, shapes, shading, highlights, etc.) must be the work of the student whose name appears on the back of the artwork and be done by that student’s hand.  No tracing of other works is allowed, including sketches by teachers, parents, etc. Any work deemed to be plagiarized will be disqualified.

Art Reception

Artwork will be hung in the Gallery at 2nd Helpings.  Judging and awards ceremony will be held at 2nd Helpings Gallery on Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 1 PM.  Students or a representative listed on their entry form MUST be present in order to win.  Light refreshments will be served.


Any unsold artwork must be taken by student at the conclusion of the awards ceremony.

Rescue Mission Artwork Sales

(from the Rescue Mission Sale Form)

"All student art entries into the Roanoke Valley Student Art Competition will be placed for sale to the general public.  The price will be set by the student artist.  All proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Rescue Mission.


If artwork is sold, by the 10th business day of the month, the student artist’s share of sale proceeds from the immediately preceding month shall be determined and payments of this amount shall be made to the artist as soon as is practical.



Competition Entry Form

Rescue Mission Sale form

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