Young Artists Competition



PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate, gift bag and gift certificate for art supplies at the fall 2019 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.

The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines.

Submission guidelines:

  • The work needs to be two-dimensional and created by students in North Carolina schools (including public, private, charter and magnet schools).
  • A teacher must enter the submission on behalf of the student electronically:
    • One entry per student
    • Maximum of five entries per teacher
    • All submissions must be e-mailed by the teacher to [email protected]
    • The e-mail submission MUST include:
      • A clear, non-blurry, digital photo of the work*
      • The full name of the student, school, and grade level (Please check your county/school policy on student work being published).
      • Full name and contact information for the student’s parent or guardian.
      • Your name (teacher), title, telephone number, e-mail address and your school address.
  • All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019.
  • The selected winners and their teachers will be notified in summer of 2019.
  • The awards and certificates will be presented at the fall 2019 PENC Executive Board Meeting, with the date and location to be announced in the invitation.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Medlin, Executive Director, at [email protected] or 800.542.8844.

* PENC will need high resolution images for the six winning entrants. When sending your submissions, include low resolution images, but be sure to have high resolution images in case your students’ work is selected.

2017 Winners:

Elementary School


Lilly Aguilar, 1st Grade

Wrightsboro Elementary School, New Hanover County

Art Teacher - Bronwen Guthrie






Tyler Wood, 1st Grade

Hillsborough Elementary School, Chatham County

Art Teacher - Mike Oechsle



Middle School


Abigail Culpepper, 8th Grade

Clemmons Middle School, Forsyth County

Art Teacher - Katherine Howard




Grace Walter, 6th Grade

Harris Road Elementary School, Cabarrus County

Art Teacher - Katherine Adams Howard


High School

Abby Davenport, 12th Grade

Northwest School of the Arts, Mecklenburg County

Art Teacher - Lindsay Kelvington




Hannah Tatman, 10th Grade

Terry Sanford High School, Cumberland County

Art Teacher - Kellie Pfaff-Perkins




Click HERE to view past years' winning art pieces.