12th Annual Teen Art Contest

Show us your take on this year’s theme, Opposites Attract!, by entering Pikes Peak Library District’s 12th Annual Art Contest! Mix mediums or subject matter to show the theme of Opposites Attract! Prizes are awarded to top finishers.

How to Enter

  • Fill out this entry form
  • Print and sign our Artwork Agreement Form
  • Bring the Artwork Agreement Form and your artwork to a drop-off location on Tue., Feb. 19 or Wed., Feb. 20 during open library hours. Drop-off locations are East, Fountain, Library 21c, Monument, Old Colorado City, Palmer Lake, Penrose, Rockrimmon, or Ruth Holley.
  • Guidelines

    • Must be in grades 6 - 12 in March of 2019.
    • Must be an El Paso County resident.
    • Only one entry per person.
    • Jurors reserve the right to decline inappropriate entries
    • Entries must be two-dimensional and no more than two inches deep, including frame. Any textural elements (glued-on items such as pencils, pennies, etc.) must be inside a frame to prevent damage.
    • If you want to display at Library 21c, art must be able to be displayed in a way that is compatible with a wire hanging system.
    • Since we have to transport the artwork between locations, frames or matting are highly encouraged for the protection of all pieces. We are very careful, but frames and matting help protect your pieces even more!


    When will I know if I have won?
    We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Library 21c in the Venue regardless of if they won an award.

    Will my artwork be displayed?
    Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose, East, or Library 21c.

    When can I pick up my artwork?
    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed at. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

    What are the prizes?
    We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, 1st place, and 2nd place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both Middle and High School. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

    What can I do to improve my chances at winning?

    • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
    • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
    • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!

    Do I have to have a frame?
    No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames help protect your artwork during storage and transportation.

    My question wasn’t answered here.
    Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org or comment on this blog post!


Hi Paulina!
Thanks for the suggestion. Right now we aren't able to add that in to our offerings, but we'll keep it in mind for the future!
Becca Philipsen
Young Adult Services Sr. Librarian

I'm homeschooled; does this make a difference in whether or not I can enter the contest? Thank you.

Hi Olivia!

You are definitely welcome to enter the contest if you are home schooled--every year we have several participants who are also home schooled.

Thanks so much for your question! I can't wait to see what you enter.

Becca Philipsen

Does my artwork have to be the standard printer paper size (8" by 11")? My art will be
on a large sheet of posterboard. Is that against the rules of the competition?

Hi Irie!

We do not have any restrictions on size! We ask it that generally be small enough for one person to carry and hang on the wall, so it sounds like your large sheet of poster board should be just fine.

Thanks for your question! I can't wait to see your artwork!

Becca Philipsen

Hello! Could my artwork be laminated instead of framed?

Hi Allison,

Laminated is fine! Frames are not required, just highly recommended for the artwork's protection during transit and to help us in hanging the pieces for display.

thanks! I can't wait to see what you entered!

Becca Philipsen

Hi Ms. Philipsen!
I was wondering if there was a way to confirm that the online submission/write-up went through? A friend and I filled out the form from a school computer, but she later said there was some issue so she redid hers from home. Should I resubmit my writeup from a different computer or is there a way to check?

Hi MeiLan!

I double checked my results and did not find a submission under your name. Please go ahead and submit it again. Feel free to email me afterwards so I can confirm it went through the second time -- rphilipsen@ppld.org

Thanks for checking!

Becca Philipsen

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