In January, schools participating in the School Art Program host district competitions judged by the Show's School Art Committee. The artwork is divided into five categories: colored drawing, mixed media, monochromatic drawing, painting and 3-D.
Each entry receives a red, white or blue ribbon. From the blue ribbon winners, the Best of Show, Gold Medal and Special Merit awards are selected in each class: elementary, junior high and high school. All work by high school participants is eligible for the Show's School Art Auction.