The New Mexico Art Education Association (NMAEA), in conjunction with the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, is proud to present the annual statewide New Mexico Scholastic Art Competition. This awards program continues to be the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the largest source of scholarships for young artists and writers.

Over 185,000 works of art and writing are annually submitted in numerous categories by teens in grades 7-12 nationwide. Each year more than 1,500 receive national awards and are celebrated on stage at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

NMAEA has locally partnered with the Public Education Department,  the National Hispanic Cultural Center, the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, and Warehouse 508 to exhibit and recognize the talents of NM top art students for the 2015-16 school year.


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  1. Seems to me that you have chosen the same schools and the same students for multiple awards. The subject matter is very predictable and very similar from year to year. Not all schools through out this state have the same budget and resources which makes this competition very unbalanced. Tularosa will not participate in this competition again.

    • I agree with Mr Baker, we are from a small school on the Mexican border (suburb of El Paso) and our kids can’t afford supplies. We are from an economically disadvantaged area, you should make a category for these children, it would boost their esteem.

      • Mr. Pence, I’m not sure what you are asking. We offer a variety of categories, some of which we never even get entries for. We also offer fee waivers to any student who needs one, making it free to submit. Our judging criteria is based on “Originality, Technical Skill, and Personal Voice”, certainly not the quality of art supplies. Many students from low socioeconomic backgrounds are recognized in our awards program, and many artworks with minimal supplies received awards and are hanging in our exhibition. For example, we currently have a beautifully rendered pencil drawing on white paper, a piece done in sharpie on cardboard, and a sculpture made of straws and plastic cups. Our goal is to recognize students from all schools and backgrounds in New Mexico and El Paso and shine light on the great art programs out there. I hope you will considering submitting next year so your students can be recognized.

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