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Student Competition

Every year, we host a Student Art Show for Paulding county residents age 3-18 in 7 different age categories. Students may enter one entry with a $2 entry fee. Each student receives a certificate and award money is given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. A judge from out of the county with an art background is chosen each year. The public is invited to attend the Awards Ceremony Reception and see the wonderful artwork. All are considered winners in our eyes for entering and it gives them good experience to see what it is like to have their artwork on display at a real Art Gallery. The 2015 Student Art Show drew 220 entrants - our largest participation ever!

2019 1st place winner / Age 17-18 category/ Ashton Thomason

Held every year - Start working on artwork to be entered NOW!
$420 in cash prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in each category. ALL students receive a participation certificate.

2020 DATES: Mark your calendar!

Receiving work: Thursday, Friday & Saturday January 30th - February 1st at the Historic Courthouse Gallery: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Receiving work: Sunday, February 2nd, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Dallas Civic Center - Teachers and 3-D work dropped off

Student Art Show: February 3 - 7, 2020 at the Dallas Civic Center

Reception & Awards Presentation: Sunday, February 9, 2020, at the Dallas Civic Center (Reception 2-3 pm) & Dallas Theater (Awards3-4 pm)

Winning Student Art Exhibit at the Historic Courthouse Gallery - March 5-28, 2020
Click here to download student art application


32nd Annual 2019 Paulding Fine Arts Student Art Competition Winners:

Age Group 6 and Under
First place – Edgar Gonzalez
Second place – Ansley Hunt
Third place – Laila Smith
Honorable Mention – Sallie Loudermilk

Age Group 7-8
First place – Ellie Owens
Second place – Mason McCullough
Third place – Kennedy Aldridge
2 Honorable Mentions – Zachary Barnett and Jack Reece

Age Group 9-10
First place – Kannon Cobb
Second place – Kathleen Rice
Third place – Taviyana Swain
2 Honorable Mentions – Lana Jordan and Piper Prentice

Age 11-12
First place – Olivia Barton
Second place – Shayna Stansbury
Third place – Coda Sponaugle
Honorable Mention – Allison Chapman

Age 13-14
First place – Kai DeVito
Second place – Kadence Camp
Third place – Abby Rose Farrell
Honorable Mention – Brooke White

Age 15-16
First place – Emily Reece
Second place – Sarah Grace Phillips
Third place – Tyler Senra
3 Honorable Mentions – Anastasha Farrakhan, Lila Bingham and Kaley Partain

Age 17-18
First place – Ashton Thomason
Second place – Sayakah Welch
Third place – Matthew Williams
2 Honorable Mentions – Marisol Griffiths and Jasmine Lamar


Many Thanks to Mersia Martin and Robin Gant for judging the contest. They said you all did a wonderful job and are very proud of you.

Many Thanks to all our wonderful Paulding Fine Arts volunteers, parents, teachers and children for all they do to promote the Fine Arts in Paulding County!!

Many Thanks to the City of Dallas and Dallas Theater & Civic Center for letting us hold our annual Student Art Show in this wonderful facility!!

Link to 2019 Student Art Competition Artwork and Winners: