The South Arkansas Arts Center hosts four competitions each year: three annual, one bi-annual, and two quadrennial art competitions. The offerings cover a variety of artistic media and artists’ skill levels and include opportunities for the novice to the professional artist. Most of the competitions are awarded prize monies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, as well as honorable mention; others are more community minded through outreach programs and services. All selected works are exhibited in our galleries.
SAAC Annual Juried Art Competition
The Annual SAAC Juried Art Competition is a nationwide, open competition for artists 18 years and up who specialize in two and three-dimensional fine art. Regionally and nationally recognized professionals in the field of art serve as guest jurors, who, in turn, select the pieces for inclusion and choose the award winning works from the entries. This event has the largest cash prizes of all the competitions SAAC hosts. Selected entries are exhibited in the Merkle and Price Galleries.
SAAC Membership Show
You never know what you will find when the creative endeavors and hidden talents of our members are on display in the Merkle and Price Galleries. The exhibition is open to all medias and all ages and all skill levels. The only prerequisite, being a member of SAAC, is easy to do. New Members welcome at any time.
South Arkansas Arts Center hosts a bi-annual open competition in photography for any type of photographic cameras. Cash prizes are awarded.
Student Art Competition
Arkansas and Louisiana students K-12 are invited to enter fine art works in the quadrennial competition and compete for cash prizes awarded by age groups. Works should be matted only, not framed.
Political Cartoon Contest
Hosted on years with a national election, the South Arkansas Arts Center quadrennial political editorial cartoon contest of original drawings is held in conjunction with the El Dorado News Times.
Festival of Trees
Our galleries are transformed into a glittering winter wonderland sure to delight the child in all of us during the Deltic Timber sponsored celebration of the evergreen “The Festival of Trees.” The true nature of the season shines as over 40 local organizations and individuals “adopt” and decorate the noble firs. Each year brings a new theme and an endless stream of creativity from volunteers across our community. From the splendor of the “Grand Illumination” lighting ceremony to working hand in hand with the Salvation Army to deliver each tree and all its goodies to families in need, “The Festival of Trees” is a charitable labor of love that truly reflects the art of giving.