17th Annual Wells Fargo Student Art Contest
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. Inspiration:
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 Student Art Contest 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.
|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 Exhibit |
|April 6 - May 10, 2015 |
|Glassell Junior School |
Teacher Workshop 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
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 to see winners from the 16th Annual Student Art Contest
Questions? Contact SPA's Education Department:
Jordan Drum, Director of Education & Community Engagement
Special thanks to Wells Fargo Bank, corporate sponsor of SPA’s student art contest.