Youth Art Contest Application

2023 Youth Art Contest - Closed for 2023

Artwork Pickup Information:

  • ALL entries can be picked up beginning February 1-March 3, 2023 on weekdays, 9 am-4 pm at the National Western Complex in the South Box Office. Please look for the bright red doors in the front of the building.

National Western Complex
South Box Office
4655 Humboldt Street
Denver, CO 80216

Artwork Rules:

  • Theme: Western lifestyle
  • Two-dimensional/flat, no larger than 16”x20”
  • Official entry form taped to back
  • Contest is for grades 1-12
  • One piece of art per student may be submitted
  • FREE entry

Selection & Judging:

  • Entries to be judged by the NWSS Youth Art Judging Committee.
  • Winners will be selected and notified by December 15, 2022.
  • One champion and one reserve champion will be selected per grade, 1st-12th.
  • Honorable mentions will be selected per grade at the judging committee's discretion.


  • Champion, reserve champion and honorable mention art pieces will be displayed at the 2023 National Western Stock Show (on the third floor in the Hall of the West, outside of the Coors Art Gallery).
  • Champion artwork will be professionally framed by Abend Framing.
  • Each entry and each teacher will receive two grounds admission tickets for opening weekend of National Western Stock Show (January 7-8, 2023). Tickets will be mailed directly to schools.
2023 Results
2023 Artwork Contest Rules & Guidelines
Artwork Drop Off Locations


Don't forget:
  • NEW for 2022: Select Alpine Banks and the South Box Office at NWSS will serve as artwork drop-off locations.
  • Artwork must be dropped off in person at listed drop-off locations. Digital entries will not be accepted.
  • Artwork must be entered through the online registration form. Please attach the confirmation email to your artwork prior to drop off.