New Dates for Kids Art Rocks Student Art Contest, Reception and Gallery Show

COLDWATER – Kids’ Art Rocks at Tibbits has announced new dates to celebrate student artwork with their annual contest offering prizes 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 July 13 through August 3.

“Parents and kids have this great opportunity right now to create art…There are SO many artists sharing online, and there are a ton of art-related activities, tutorials, and creative ideas available. Now is the perfect time for kids to unleash their creative side—the sky is the limit, and how cool is it for these kids to see their artwork admired and part of a gallery show?” said Stephanie Burdick, Tibbits Operations Director and Arts Alive Board Member.

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.

The reception, July 29 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 June 19 at 4:30 pm. Each artist needs to fill out a short entry form, which can be downloaded at For questions or more information, email or visit the Arts Alive facebook page at