Art and Essay Contest

Calling all young writers and artists - help us celebrate University Park's past and our bright future that lies ahead by entering the Centennial art and/or essay contest! The art contest is open to all students in grades K-12 that reside in University Park or HPISD, and the essay contest is open to students in grades 4-12 that reside in University Park or HPISD. Choose from one of three prompts, and submit your original work to centennial@uptexas.org or in person at UP Public Library during regular business hours. The prompts and more details about the contests can be found below.

We are now accepting submissions for both contests, and the submission deadline is Friday, March 8, 2024. Winners of each grade category will be notified on Friday, March 29 and first place winners will be recognized during the Centennial Celebration on Saturday, April 13.

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Option 1: Depict the City of University Park as you think it looked in the year 1924, 100 years ago.

Option 2: Depict the City of University Park as you think it will look in the year 2124.

Option 3: Create a visual presentation of what makes the City of University Park unique or a special place.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all children Grades K-12 who are residents of City of University Park or attend a Highland Park ISD School.

Requirements

  • Artwork must be an original work of the student, created by hand without the use of AI or digital image generation of any kind.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in Grades K-12.
  • Artwork is limited to one entry per student.
  • Artwork will be evaluated in grade categories as determined by the judging committee.
  • Artwork should be submitted in original form by the deadline of March 8, 2024.
  • Artwork should be two-dimensional and can represent the following mediums: drawing and painting (i.e., pencil, charcoal, pastels, colored pencils, oil paints, acrylics, water media, mixed media/collage).
  • Each piece of art may be submitted by the student, a teacher or parent/legal guardian of the student.

Submitting Entries

The UP Centennial Art Contest submission period begins January 1, 2024 and concludes on March 8, 2024. Entries must be delivered during regular business hours to UP Public Library by March 8, 2024. All artwork should include a label on the back of artwork with the artist’s name. Artwork may not be signed on the front as judging will be anonymous. Please also download and fill out the form below to submit with your entry. 

Centennial Art Contest Form (PDF)

Criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on grade-appropriate originality, interpretation of stated theme, creative techniques, composition, and overall art appearance.

Judging

A committee of University Park residents will select the top submissions from each grade category. All artwork will be evaluated anonymously until the winners have been announced. Judges will make selections based on the above-mentioned criteria to determine which pieces will be awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in each grade category.

essay contest iconEssay Contest Details

Option 1: On April 12th, 1924, just a couple of years after Southern Methodist University opened, officials signed a charter creating the City of University Park. What was life like in University Park during this time period? Essay can be either a work of fiction or a historically referenced, non-fiction account of everyday life at the time. For example, it could be written in the form of a fictional diary/memoir from that period and feature fictional families, or it could be a non-fiction account involving research of a real family or event.

Option 2: The year is 2124. The City of University Park is celebrating its 200-year anniversary. What will life be like during this bicentennial year?

Option 3: Describe what makes the City of University Park unique or a special place.

Eligibility

The contest is open to all children Grades 4-12 who are residents of the City of University Park or attend a Highland Park ISD School.

Requirements

  • Essay must be the original work of the student, created without the use of AI or other digital aids other than basic word processor, spell check, and grammar check.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in Grades 4-12.
  • Only one entry per student.
  • Essays will be evaluated in grade categories as determined by the judging committee.
  • Essays must be at least 500 words and may not exceed 800 words.
  • If appropriate, citations must be made in footnotes.
  • Essay should be submitted in PDF format by March 8, 2024.

Submitting Entries 

The UP Centennial Essay Contest submission period begins January 1, 2024 and concludes on March 8, 2024. Essays must be submitted by a student or teacher via email to centennial@uptexas.org or submitted in person at the University Park Library during regular business hours. Please also download and fill out the form below to submit with your entry. 

Centennial Essay Contest Form (PDF)

Criteria

Entries will be evaluated based on grade-appropriate originality, interpretation of stated theme, creativity, time period accuracy (if known), and composition.

Judging

A committee of University Park residents will select the top submissions from each grade category. All essays will be read anonymously until the winners have been announced. Judges will make selections based on the above-mentioned criteria to determine which essays will be awarded 1st and 2nd in each grade category.