15th Annual Teen Art Contest

Teen Art Contest 2022

This year our theme is Dreams.

Dreams are both a vision for the future, as well as a nightly occurrence while we sleep. They can be bizarre, aspirational, hard to understand, or a guide for our next steps. They can have great meaning or be something we don't think much about. Share your thoughts on Dreams through your entry! Create a piece that expresses what dreams means to you, and enter it to win a prize!

Entries are judged by other teens, along with one award that is judged by library staff. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Tue., March 29 at 6 p.m. at East Library. All entries accepted into the show will be displayed during the month of April.

Artwork can be any two-dimensional art form, as long as we can hang it on the wall. Frames or mattes are recommended to help safeguard your artwork.

All entries must have the following taped or written (NOT paper clipped) to the back:

  • Name:
  • Grade:
  • Artwork Title (Make sure this matches the online entry):
  • Display/Pick-up Location (choose East Library or Penrose Library).

Awards will be given in two categories: Middle School and High School for 1st place, 2nd place, and Coordinator's Choice. One overall Best in Show will also be awarded.




  • When will I know if I have won?

    We will notify participants by mid-March if they have won an award. All participants and their friends and family are invited to the Awards Ceremony on Tue., March 29 at 6 p.m. in the East Library Community Room regardless of if they won an award.

  • Will my artwork be displayed?

    Yes! You can choose from one of three locations to have your artwork displayed during the month of April. Locations are Penrose Library or East Library.

  • When can I pick up my artwork?

    The first week of May at the library you choose to have it displayed at. An email will be sent in April with specific details.

  • What are the prizes?

    We award prizes for Coordinator’s Choice, First place, and Second place for the high school and middle school age groups. We also award a prize for Best in Show, which is the piece that received the highest score out of both the middle and high school categories. In the past, winners received a drawing mannequin and gift card to Meininger’s Art Supply store.

  • What can I do to improve my chances of winning?
    • Work with the theme—It doesn’t have to be a literal interpretation, but we do look for pieces that have been inspired by the theme in some way. Your paragraph describing your piece can have a big impact on this.
    • Stand out! Whether through subject matter or unusual take on the theme, we notice unique entries more. For example, we tend to get a lot of close-ups on eyes, so they tend to not stand out as much.
    • Have fun! Don’t view it as an assignment or chore. We can tell when teens submit pieces they are passionate about—so do something that you love!
  • Do I have to have a frame?

    No, but we highly encourage it. Pieces are not judged on if a frame is present or not, but frames or mattes help protect your artwork during storage and transportation and make it easier to hang your piece.

  • If you are a teacher that would like to enter a class of students, You can fill out the Excel Spreadsheet below to complete one entry form for all your students. You will be responsible for communication with participants about the award ceremony and art pick-up.
  • My question wasn’t answered here. Email Becca at rphilipsen@ppld.org

2021: Colorado Springs 150th: The Story of Us

Congratulations to our winners and participations!

Visit our Biblioboard to see all the winners and participants.

The 2021 winners are listed below. You can also visit our Facebook page to see an album of the winners.

  • Bridged by Ashlin L. - Best in Show
  • Puppy Love by Hannah G. - First Place, High School Division
  • The Light That Guides Me by Adyline P. - Second Place, High School Division
  • The Seasons of Coming Together by Sydney H. - First Place, Middle School Division
  • The Turtle by Micah L. - Second Place, Middle School Division
  • Reflections by Riley W. - First Place, Coordinator's Choice
  • A Timeless Moment by Kaylee M. - Second Place, Coordinator's Choice