Wells Fargo Student Art Contest

17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest

My Caravanserai

Inspired by Society for the Performing Arts' 2014-2015 education residency Caravanserai: Malaysia, the 17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest in entitled "My Caravanserai." Caravanserai: Malaysia is a three-part residency that introduces American audiences to exciting and dynamic artists from the Muslim world, and more specifically in 2014-2015, the art and culture of Malaysia. 

Caravanserais were roadside inns located upon trade routes in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa,
especially along the Silk Road. Travelers along these routes used the caravanserais as safe‐havens where they could rest, restock their supplies, converse with other travelers, and enjoy entertainment. No matter who you were, what country you were from, or what language you spoke, everyone was welcome at the caravanserais.The exchange of ideas along these trade routes, facilitated by caravanserais, led to a great cultural exchange between East and West and was a significant factor in the development of many countries, including Malaysia. Three Malaysian artists touring as part of this year’s Caravanserai program embody this spirit of diversity: the Diplomats of Drum, a 16‐piece ensemble which performs a “global fusion” of music from around the world on a variety of traditional and modern instruments; Pete Teo, a Malaysian filmmaker who produced 15Malaysia, a series of short films directed by 15 independent directors, each examining a different socio‐political aspect of life in Malaysia; and Wayang Kulit: The Shadow Play of Kelantan, a traditional shadow puppetry performance based on a Hindu epic poem adapted for Muslim villages. All of us are on journeys of some sort—caravanserais let us take a moment to share our experiences, tell our stories, and learn from those around us.

Motif: Wayang
The term wayang is the Javanese word for shadow,which plays a vital role in the traditional shadow
puppetry of Malaysia, Wayang Kulit. Shadow will serve as the motif for this year’s art contest.

Click here to download the 2014-2015 Wells Fargo Student Art Contest Flyer

Click here for more information about Caravanserai: Malaysia

Art Contest General Guidelines:

The art contest is open to students in grades K-12 attending public, private or home schools in the Greater Houston Area.

What should I submit? 
Students are encouraged to create artwork inspired by the spirit of Malaysia and the caravanserai: inclusiveness, diversity, and the exchange of ideas.Students should consider their own journeys and the story they want to tell about who and what has influenced their life. Artwork with a distinctive Asian or Malaysian quality or characteristic is not required. Successful entries will incorporate this year’s theme and the design element of wayang. 

Awards and Divisions
Students compete in five divisions for Awards or Scholarships.
 Division A - Grades K-2
 Division D - Grades 9-11
 Division B - Grades 3-5
 Division E - High School Seniors
 Division C - Grades 6-8
The award and scholarship winning entries, along with honorable mentions, will be displayed in the
Wells Fargo Art Contest Exhibit at the Glassel Jr. School from early April through early May. The recognized contestants, along with their teachers, will be invited to an awards ceremony to celebrate with family and friends on February 28th, 2015. 

Judgement Criteria
The entries will be judged on creativity, artistic skill, and interpretation of the theme.
  • Personal Expression: Does the artwork provide evidence of creativity and individuality? Is the result distinctive? Does it leave an impression?
  • Technique: Does the piece display mastery of the media and tools utilized to craft the artwork? Is it well executed?
  • Style: Did the artist effectively compose and organize the elements of art? Is the concept presented in a unique way? Is it original?
Submitting Artwork
All contestants must register for the contest. They can do so either by completing and printing the
online registration form before the submission deadline or registering by phone or registering in person
upon delivering the artwork. Artwork must remain unsigned and anonymous, but the contest entry form must be printed and attached to the back of each submitted artwork. Artists can submit only one entry per year. Group art projects and collective efforts are not allowed. Teachers and parents entering the art contest on behalf of three or more young artists must include a printed inventory form upon delivery.

Maximum Size and Dimensions:
Rectangles: 16 x 20 inches
Circles: 19 inches in diameter
Squares: 19 X 19 inches
All other shapes must fit within the maximum dimensions of the rectangle, circle or square. Matting is recommended, but not required. The size and dimension restrictions above do not include the matting. Please do not use matting wider than 2 inches. Artwork should be not thicker than 1/2 inch.

Visual Art Contest Registration Form - Coming soon! 

Inventory Sheets: 
Coming soon!
Click here for Entry Form Labels: Coming soon!

The completed registration forms and inventory sheets can be submitted via email (education@spahouston.org), fax (713-632-8122), phone (713-632-8102) or in person upon delivering the artwork. 

Artwork with completed forms may be mailed in a portfolio/envelope or delivered in person to the following address: 
Society for the Performing Arts
Attn: Education Department
615 Louisiana, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77002

Clearly label the envelope or portfolio with:
Artist’s or Teacher’s Name
School Name
School Address
Telephone Number
Email Address

Teacher Workshop
​Those with students or children submitting artwork are encouraged to attend a Teacher workshop on Monday, October 6th, 2014 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Glassell Jr. School. Art contest submission guidelines, the judging process, and suggested techniques will be reviewed and discussed by local experts and teachers with successful contest track records.

Click here for more information about the teacher workshop. 

Important Dates
Teacher Workshop
Monday, October 6, 2014
Glassell Jr. School
Curbside Drop‐Off
Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015 4:30pm‐6:30pm

Jones Hall (Corner of Louisiana and Capital)
Final Deadline for Submissions
Thursday, February 12th, 2015 6:30pm
SPA Office at Jones Hall 
Awards Ceremony
Saturday, February 28th, 2015 3:30pm
Location - TBD
Student Art Exhibit
April 6th through May 10th, 2015
Glassell Jr. School


Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Glassell Jr. School

The 16th Annual Student Art Contest: 
Click here to see last year's winners


Questions? Contact SPA's Education Department:

Jordan Drum, Director of Education & Community Engagement
713-632-8102 • jdrum@spahouston.org 

Special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank, corporate sponsor of SPA’s art contest.

Jesse H. Jones Hall    615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100    Houston, Texas 77002-2715    713.227.4772
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