The Space Foundation

Student artists: Participate in 10th annual International Student Art Contest

2020 theme: “How Exploring Space Improves Life on Earth”
Fri, 08/23/2019 - 7:00am

The Space Foundation is now accepting entries for its 10thAnnual International Student Art Contest. Student artists ages 3 to 18 years old are invited to enter the 2020 contest by submitting their original artwork. Children may draw, paint or create a mixed media or digital work of art for the 2020 contest theme, "How Exploring Space Improves Life on Earth.”

The annual contest receives thousands of entries each year from around the world. In 2019, more than 3,900 entries were submitted from 36 U.S. states and 61 countries. The 2020 contest is co-sponsored by Earth Observing System.

"I have greatly enjoyed viewing the tens of thousands of inspired contest entries from talented student artists over the past ten years," stated Nancy Reed, Director – Marketing & Creative Services for the Space Foundation.  "I treasure gained insights from my involvement with the contest, that young artists' creativity and their view and love of space is universal throughout the world, demonstrating how space truly bonds us together, a wonderful thing indeed!"

There is no cost to participate in the contest. The deadline to submit entries is noon universal time (12:00 UTC), Nov. 18, 2019, and artwork must be submitted online by the student’s teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. Home-schooled students are also invited to participate.

Acceptable artwork media/format: drawing, painting, mixed media and digital.

The Space Foundation will award a total of 25 winners -- first, second and third place for each age category and a Space Foundation Achievement Award. Prizes will be awarded by age category and the winners will be notified in January 2020. There are eight age categories: 3-4 years, 5-6 years, 7-8 years, 9-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years, 15-16 years and 17-18 years.

Winning entries will be displayed on the Space Foundation website and on the contest website, social media and at the 36thSpace Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, where space professionals from around the world will see the exhibit. View past contest winning artwork at:;  winning artwork will also be displayed at the Space Foundation headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs; all winners receive international exposure -- digital images of past winners' artwork have been sent to the International Space Station and displayed throughout China in 2018 as part of a national art exhibition by the Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA).

How to Enter: All artwork must be original works of art and submitted electronically at by a teacher, parent or legal guardian, 18 years or older. For general contest questions, contact the Space Foundation at Due to the high volume of entries, we are unable to contact and/or respond to each participant regarding contest status. Please watch for details and announcements.