Student Artists Wanted for Kids Art Rocks Contest

COLDWATER – Celebrating student artwork, Arts Alive will host the Kids’ Art Rocks annual contest and exhibit this spring 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 preschool-12 are encouraged to submit their artwork for the annual show and contest to be displayed at the Tibbits Opera House Art Gallery from June to August.

Student artist Lincoln Clark, one of Arts Alive’s 2020 Kids’ Art Rocks! contest winners, poses next to his artwork titled “CHOMP!” Clark’s winning piece was leased by HaasCaywood, one of 12 area businesses who supported the 2020 Kids’ Art Rocks! lease program. To be included in the 2021 Kids’ Art Rocks! art show, artwork should be dropped off at Tibbits Administration Office by May 17.

Kids’ Art Rocks has recognized almost 300 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 each student 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 a business.

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 August 16 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. Those whose work is not chosen for the lease will be free to take their artwork home following the reception. 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 May 17 at 4:30 pm. There will be a short entry form to fill out for each artist, which is available at For questions or more contest information, call Steph at Tibbits at 517-278-6029, email or visit the Arts Alive Facebook page at