January 15-30, 2021: Submission window
March 7, 2021: Final Shine On performance and showcase


  • The CSCOE Shine On Visual Arts competition is open to students in grades 4-8 attending Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

  • Each school may enter an unlimited number of pieces of artwork. 

  • Works submitted must have been created within one year of the competition – March 7, 2021.  

  • 2D and 3D works are accepted and need to be under 2’x2’.

  • 2D work should be mounted on tag board and have some type of a hanging ring or hook on the back. Canvas paintings or anything similar do not need to be mounted on tag board but should have a hook or string on the back.

  • Copyright Law: Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will not be accepted. This includes artwork depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books.

  • One entry per student. Only works by individuals will be accepted. No group projects. 

  • The theme of this competition is open.

  • We encourage students to create and submit art that is classical, biblical or contemporary and shows creativity and individual expression.

  • Pieces that depict violence, gore, adult themes or weapons (unless it is a biblical reference) will not be accepted.


Any of the following media or techniques may be used:

  • Paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, acrylic, etc.)

  • Drawing materials (pencil, charcoal, colored chalk, pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils, markers, etc.)

  • Collage materials (cut and glued papers, such as construction paper, tissue paper, wrapping paper, aluminum foil, etc.)

  • Prints (handmade stencils, gadget printing, collagraphs, block prints, etc.)

  • Sculpting materials (clay, papier-mâché, etc.)

  • Original digital illustration

  • Photography

  • A panel of judges will review entries by grade level based on technical skill, originality and creativity.

  • Finalists will be selected from each grade level for inclusion in the March 7, 2021 Shine On showcase.

  • One Best-in-Show winner will be named out of the grade-level finalists.

  • Finalist artwork will be featured on the CSCOE website and in future CSCOE publications.



  • Individual schools will determine a selection process that best fits each school's culture.

  • School winners must submit digital copies of entries by January 30, 2021 using the registration link at the top of this page.


  • Once accepted, finalists will be contacted with instructions for delivery of artwork on March 6 in preparation for the final show.

  • Artwork will be on display during the day of the Shine On Performing Arts and Visual Arts Showcase.

  • Artwork will need to get picked up by the student or teacher at the end of the showcase on March 7.