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.

For the 2014 rules & guidelines and various teacher resources to help integrate
My Caravanserai: Malaysia into the classroom, download the Teacher Packet.

Art Contest General Information:

The 17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest is open to students in grades K-12 attending public, private or home schools in the Greater Houston Area.

Awards and Prizes
  Division A  Division B  Division C  Division D  Division E 
 1st Place  $250 $250  $400  $500  $750 
 2nd Place $100 $100 $175 $250 $500
 3rd Place $50 $50 $75 $100 $250
Special Merit         $500
Best in Show         $2,000

All winning entries, including honorable mentions, may also receive various museum memberships and/or special gifts of art supplies.

Registration & Submission

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

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

Jones Hall
(Corner of Louisiana and Capital)
Final Deadline for Submissions
Thursday, February 12, 2015 6:30pm
SPA Office at Jones Hall 
Awards Ceremony
Saturday, February 28, 2015 3:30pm
Episcopal High School
Student Art Exhibits
April 10 - May 5, 2015
May 12 - May 25, 2015
Glassell Junior School
IKEA Houston

Teacher Workshop
​Those with students or children submitting artwork are encouraged to attend our teacher workshop on 
Monday, October 6, 2014 from 9:30am-2:30pm at the Glassell Junior 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. 

Additional Resources
Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet
Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Glassell Jr. School
Click here to see winners from the 16th Annual Student Art Contest

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 Annual Student Art Contest.

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