Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

COLDWATER – Kids’ Art Rocks at Tibbits will celebrate student artwork with their annual contest offering cash prizes, art supply giveaways, and the opportunity for young artists to have their artwork  framed and displayed in a local business.

Students grades K-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery starting from May to July.

2019 Kids’ Art Rocks! artist Bailey Travelbee poses next to her winning piece, along with Coldwater High School art teacher Mike Mason. To be included in the 2020 Kids’ Art Rocks! art show, artwork should be dropped off at Tibbits Administration Office by April 17.

Kids’ Art Rocks has recognized over 250 pieces of student art since the program’s inception. Organizers expanded the program several years ago by moving to an open submission of artwork. There is no cost to enter and students may submit one piece.  Artwork should be flat or on canvas, must be unframed, be a minimum size of 8” x 10”, and also be appropriate to hang in businesses.

All artwork will be presented in an exhibit in Tibbits Art Gallery for the community to enjoy. The exhibit will be juried and pieces chosen for the final exhibit will be professionally framed and entered into the art lease program for businesses to sponsor and display for one year.

A reception on May 12 from 6-7pm at Tibbits will honor all student artwork, whether chosen for the lease or not. Students who attend the reception will be entered into a drawing to win art supplies. Additionally, cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show from those chosen for the year-long lease.  Business representatives who attend the reception will be given first choice of lease options.   

To be included in this art show, artwork should be dropped off at Tibbits Administration Office, 93 W. Chicago St. by April 17 at 4:30 pm. There will be a short entry form to fill out for each artist. For questions or more information, call Steph at Tibbits at 517-278-6029, email or visit the Arts Alive facebook page at

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