Youth Art Contest

Youth Art Contest

“The Maid of Orleans” – Thomas Brown, age 18

Archbishop Aymond has declared 2021 as the Year of the Eucharist and St. Joseph.  To help celebrate this important year, the youth of the Archdiocese are invited to give artistic expression to the beautiful truth of God’s love poured out to us in Christ’s Eucharist.  To this end the Archdiocese is hosting a Youth Art contest.  Artists in grades K-12 at Catholic Schools, private or public schools, or homeschools may enter.

Young Artists are asked to reflect on the presence of Christ in the Eucharist and give expression to their response.  Here are some questions that might help you get started:

  • What does it mean that Jesus gives himself to me in the Eucharist?
  • What is it like to be in the presence of Christ?  What do I feel, or what comes to mind?
  • What role does the celebration of the Mass play in my life, my family, my community?
  • How does the Christ’s presence in the Eucharist help me when I am troubled?
  • What do I wish my friends knew about the presence of Christ in the Eucharist?

It may help to spend a little time in Adoration, or simply in the Church before the Tabernacle, to begin to see how the Lord might inspire your work.

Please read the detailed rules for the contest below and be sure your entry can be considered.  Good Luck!!

General Requirements

  • Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate. Students will be divided in to 5 divisions by grade: K-1, 2-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.  (Students in grades 10-12 may also elect to enter the “Open” Art Contest with parent/guardian permission.  Learn more here.)
  • There is no fee to enter.
  • Students may be from Catholic, Private, Public or Home Schools.
  • Students may submit one entry only.

Art Specification

  • Accepted media are the following: pencil, pen/ink, charcoal, pastels, crayon, paint, and mixed media (including mosaics, paper collage, block print, etc.), electronic works (computer generated still art/drawings, ipad sketches etc.) are permitted but must be “printable” within the size limit.
  • All entries must be 2 dimensional no larger than 12” X 12”.
  • Layered artwork (collage) is permitted as long as materials used are original materials (no newsprint, magazine clips, 3d objects, etc.) Layered art may not exceed 1/8” thickness.
  • No video or “3-D” electronic art will be accepted. Electronic art must consist of entirely original creations.  No photographs or other reproduced images maybe included.
  • Please do not submit the following:
    • tracings (including projections)
    • photography
    • 3D pieces
    • Videos
  • Entries must be entirely the original work of the student.  No tracings, copies, or reproductions of any kind will be allowed.

Submission Requirements

  • Students must make their submission using the online submission at Email submissions and/or physical submissions cannot be accepted.
  • Submissions must be made by 5:00pm, April 23rd, 2021.
  • The submission form must be filled out completely to be eligible.
  • Entrants must submit an electronic image of their work with their entry
    • Images may be photos or scans
    • Please provide high resolution images suitable for reproduction (300 dpi – or at least 2400 pixels on the longest side. Vector graphics of electronic works is encouraged).
    • Images may have a maximum file size of 10 Mb.
  • Upon submission, the entrant grants permission to reproduce, display, and use the submitted materials to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.  Youth artists retain ownership to their work.

Judging and Prizes

  • For each division a panel of judges will select finalists from the electronic submissions. Finalists will be contacted and asked to deliver their original pieces for final judging.  Judges will select from the physical submissions a winner from each division.
  • Judge’s rulings are final.
  • Winners will be announced on June 6th, the Feast of Corpus Christi.
  • Winning pieces will remain on loan to the Archdiocese of New Orleans for the remainder of the Year of the Eucharist. Selections will be included in the YOE traveling art gallery with the finalists of the YOE Open Art Contest at various YOE events around the Archdiocese.  Physical art pieces will be returned to their creators at the end of the YOE celebration.
  • Artists agree to hold the Archdiocese of New Orleans harmless for any damage, loss, or destruction of pieces.

Please direct questions or comments to Chris O’Neill, Office of Marriage and Family Life –  Please include “Youth Art Contest” in the subject line of your message.

Be patient when uploading your submissions.  Once you click Submit, it will take a minute for your files to upload and it may seem like nothing is happening.  The submission will go through after a minute or two depending on the size of your files.  Send us an email if you run into any trouble. Thanks!