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August 29th, 2017

Eighth Annual Student Art Contest Now Open for Submissions by the Space Foundation

Returning for an eighth year, the Space Foundation’s Annual International Student Art Contest is now accepting art submissions.
Student artists from around the world, ages 3 to 18 years, are invited to enter the contest by submitting their original artwork. Children may draw, paint or create a digital mixed media image for the 2018 contest theme "My Space City Vision..."
There is no cost to participate in the contest. The deadline to submit entries is noon universal time (12:00 UTC), Nov. 17, 2017, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. Homeschool students are also invited to participate.

Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners notified in January 2018.

The art contest has attracted the attention around the globe, and in the contest's past seven years, has received several thousand art submissions. The 2017 contest featured 3,009 entries from children in 50 countries and 31 U.S. states.

Awards and Categories
The Space Foundation will award a total of 25 winners — first, second and third place for each age category and a Space Foundation Achievement Award.

Acceptable Artwork Media/Format

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed media
  • Digital art
  • Eight Age Categories


  • 3 - 4 years
  • 5 - 6 years
  • 7 - 8 years
  • 9 - 10 years
  • 11 - 12 years
  • 13 - 14 years
  • 15 - 16 years
  • 17 - 18 years

Prizes and Exposure
Winning entries will be displayed on the Space Foundation website and on the contest website, social media and at the 34th Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA, where space professionals from around the world will see the exhibit.

View past contest winning artwork at: Art.SpaceFoundation.org.

Winning artwork will later be displayed at the Space Foundation headquarters and Discovery Center, in Colorado Springs.
All winners receive international exposure — digital images of past winners' artwork have been sent to the International Space Station.

How to Enter
All artwork must be submitted electronically at Art.SpaceFoundation.org by a teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. For general contest questions, contact the Space Foundation at ArtContest@SpaceFoundation.org.

Due to the high volume of entries, we are unable to contact each participant regarding contest status. Please watch the Art.SpaceFoundation.org infosite for details and announcements.

How to Sponsor the International Student Art Contest
Help keep this inspiring contest alive by providing sponsorship. For details, please contact the Space Foundation Philanthropy department at Philanthropy@spacefoundation.org.