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Artwork Theme

The contest centers on visualizing Town of Cary’s historical, natural, cultural, and social environments and/or envisioning its future, by addressing at least one of these areas: 

  • Past: How did Cary change through time? 

  •  Present: What do you like about the Town of Cary today? 

  • Future: How would you imagine the Town of Cary in the future?

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: watercolor, tempera, acrylic, oil, etc.

  • Drawings: pencil, charcoal, pastels, pen and ink, colored pencils, markers, etc.

  • Collages: cut and glued papers, such as construction paper, tissue paper, etc. 

  • Prints: handmade stencils, gadget printing, silkscreens, block prints, lithographs, etc.

  • Mixed media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

  • Digital illustration, computer-generated art.

  • All artwork will be submitted digitally with resolution of 300 dpi and a max file size of 10MB.

Media & Technique Requirements

Copyright Law and Suitability Guidelines

Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images will be rejected. For example, no artworks depicting characters from television shows, movies, video games, or books will be accepted. All artworks must be original ideas and created entirely by the student. Exhibits depicting a sensationalistic, gruesome, or dark interpretation are not allowed. If your work has been submitted to other competitions, you are responsible for getting permission to submit to Cary 150 Art Contest.


All middle school and high school students in 6th through 10 grades residing in the Triangle area including Wake County, Durham County, and Orange County are encouraged to submit their artwork. Winners will be chosen from the following grade group levels. 

  • 6th - 8th grades

  • 9th - 10th grades

One entry per student.

Deadline for Entries

All entries must be submitted in a digital format through the Submission tab no later than 11:59 pm on September 30, 2021.

Extended Deadline: October 30, 2021


Notification of Finalists

Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony to be held between 2:00 – 4:00 pm on Sunday, December 12, 2021, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center located at 119 Ambassador Loop in downtown Cary.

Judging Criteria

A selection committee will review artwork submissions based on the following criteria:

• Interpretation of the theme  

• Technical skill  

• Creativity

• Originality 

Awards and Recognitions

A panel of judges will review entries by level. Three winners will be selected from each level: 

Middle School Level

High School Level

  • The Best-in-Show winners will receive a Wacom Tablet

  • The second-place winners will receive a $100 gift card

  • The third-place winners will receive a $50 gift card

  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation.

  • Selected and Winning artwork will be exhibited on the contest’s website for six months.

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