Art Contest

Art: The Universal Language

This art contest is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services, The Arc of Pennsylvania, PA Mental Health Consumers' Association, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Individuals with disabilities offer unique, diverse, and valuable perspectives that can benefit all Pennsylvanians. Artistic ability and expression offer unique opportunities for everyone to appreciate and understand the talents and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. A team of judges including representatives from the sponsoring agencies will recognize winners based on the following criteria: originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials. 


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Contest Guidelines

Eligibility: This contest is open to any Pennsylvanian with a disability. Contestants are limited to one entry.
Media Categories: Painting, Drawing, Photography, 3-D, Mixed Media/Other
  • Art must fit into one of the media categories listed above.
  • Artwork must be small enough that winning pieces can be shipped to and from Harrisburg at the artist’s expense and without needing to be assembled.
  • Artworks must weigh less than 10 pounds.
Age Divisions: 12 and under, 13 to 17, 18 and older
  • First, second, and third place will be recognized in each media category and in each age division.
  • If the artist is under age 18, contest entry requires approval and a signature from a parent or guardian.