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Kansas-150 Art Competition

In 2011, Kansas will celebrate 150 years of statehood. Communities, individuals and state agencies throughout Kansas are planning events to commemorate the 150-year milestone.

The Kansas-150 Art Competition is a juried competition in which jurors will select 150 works for exhibition and sale by SouthWind Gallery.

Three artists will be awarded monetary prizes for their artwork. In addition, a number of Purchase Awards, will be given to artists whose works are selected from the 150 entries.


The submitted artwork must draw its inspiration from the state of Kansas. That inspiration may include, but is not limited to depictions of rural landscapes, cityscapes, people, animals, city life, rural life, state landmarks and monuments, state or city parks and recreational areas. Paintings of historical Kansas events and indigenous plant or animal paintings are also acceptable.

Artwork must be original, no more than two years old and not previously exhibited. Only two-dimensional art will be accepted. The art may be in one or more of the following mediums: Oil, watercolor, scratchboard, acrylic, gouache, alkyd, tempera, casein, pastel, colored pencil, pen and ink and photography are accepted. If you have a question regarding your media, please call or email. Computer generated/or computer enhanced art will not be accepted.

Image size of artwork (not including frame and/or mat) is limited to 720 square inches. Image size is determined by multiplying the horizontal and vertical dimensions. (Example: a 24-inch by 30-inch painting would equal 720 square inches.)

All works must be framed and ready to hang with wire. Works on paper should be glazed with acrylic only and entire weight of piece should not exceed 35 lbs. SouthWind Gallery reserves the right to exclude any work that does not meet specifications or which presents complex exhibit challenges.


Three artists will be awarded monetary prizes for their artwork.

  • 1st Place, $1,000
  • 2nd Place, $750
  • 3rd Place, $500

In addition, a number of Purchase Awards, funded by corporate and individual patrons, will be given to artists whose works are selected from the 150 entries. SouthWind Gallery will host an awards ceremony and sale of the Top 150 artworks at a Gala in June 2011, and will exhibit the art in its gallery from 3 June 2011-15 July 2011.

SouthWind Gallery also will publish an art book that showcases all 150 pieces of art, and includes information about each of the artists whose work is selected.


  • The SouthWind Gallery “Kansas-150 Art Competition” is open to all artists over the age of 18, working in two-dimensional media, who presently reside in, or have previously resided in Kansas, or have ties to the state.

How to enter?

Submit your application through the online entry form on the official website. Then e-mail your images to or mail a CD with the images on the following address.

SouthWind Gallery
KS-150 Art
3074 SW 29th,
Topeka, KS 66614

Please read the complete official rules for further details.

Entry fee

$50 for the first work submitted; $10 for an additional work.