Student Competitions

River Valley Student Art Competition

The River Valley Student Art Competition is held at the Center For Art & Education every April.  Teachers from the River Valley area encourage their students to create origianal artwork for the competition.  The teacher also coordinates the drop off of student work and communicates with the student about the opening reception and awards ceremonies.

Once the student work arrives at CAE it is our job to provide a juror and create a student exhibition. It is truly a collaboration with our local schools, teachers and their students.    This event demonstrates what a community can do when they partner together to touch the lives of hundreds of students and their families.

In 2016 over 600 student entries were submitted and a beautiful exhibition was held at CAE and at the Van Buren Senior Inn.

The 2017 Call for entries is going on now.  If you are a teacher and you do not receive an email or mailed packet from us but you would like your students to participate, please look at the links below.

You may also call Joyce or Kimberly at 479-474-7767 or email the art center at

1.  Cover Letter to the Teachers.  Teachers should receive these by 2/25/17

Click here for Teacher Letter and Instructions


2. River Valley Student Art Competition Guidlines

Click here for Competion Guidelines and Important Dates


3. Student Artwork Entry Form

Click here for the forms that go on the back of the artwork


4. The Spreadsheet that must be turned in by MARCH 10TH

Click here for the spreadsheet template


2016 winners below!


The Best of Show winners are:

Kennedy McKinzie, K-3rd Grade (Fairview Elementary - Teacher, Ms. Sellsers)

Hailey Taylor, 4th-6th Grade (Cook Elementary - Teacher, Ms. Stewart)

Emmaleigh Hawkins, 7th-9th Grade (Grace Academy - Teacher, Ms. Scoggins)

Casey Dutton, 10th-12th Grade (Van Buren High School - Teacher, Ms. Holland)























Opening Receptions

Kindergarten – 6th Grades

Center for Art & Education

104 North 13th St, Van Buren, AR

Saturday, April 9

1 – 4 pm

Award Ceremony ~ 2 pm


7th – 12th Grades

Van Buren Senior Inn 607

Knox St, Van Buren, AR

Sunday, April 10

1 – 4 pm Award Ceremony ~ 2 pm

Special thanks to the Fiori Family Chartable Fund, Citizens Bank, Arvest Bank and the Arkanas Arts Council for helping sponsor this event, and to all our many volunteers that make events like this possible.



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