Student Art Contest Featuring TARC Design-A-Bus

About The Student Art Contest

If you know a young artist, their work could decorate a TARC bus that will debut next spring as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival. TARC and the Kentucky Derby Festival’s Foundation are joining forces and merging their annual art competitions for the first time, as part of a special partnership in 2021. They are now taking submissions from students in grades K-12. Winning entrants will be recognized in various ways. Top winners from each category will be displayed on a TARC bus next spring.

Traditionally, the Student Art Contest is centered around the Derby Festival and its events, but the theme of this year’s competition emphasizes a broader message of hope. Students are asked to reflect on the challenges they’ve faced in 2020 and the changes in their day-to-day life; choose a word using the prefix “Re” (e.g. Re-imagine, Re-start, Re-build, Re-cover, Re-birth, Re-organize, Re-connect, Re-unite, etc.); and then create an image based on that word. The goal is that each artwork will share a message of optimism for the future. (For example: Re-imagine favorite Derby Festival Events, Re-connect with friends, Re-build the community.)

TARC joins The Fillie’s Inc., as a Presenting Sponsor of the Student Art Contest. It is open to public, private and parochial school students in all Kentucky and Southern Indiana counties. Students who are not enrolled in art classes at their school may also create artwork at home, but entries must still follow all contest criteria.

More information on the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation Student Art Contest featuring TARC’s Design-a-Bus can be found online at KDF.org or ridetarc.org.

Artwork will be accepted virtually via email at designabus@ridetarc.org from February 1 – March 1, 2021 OR in person drop off at TARC or KDF locations. Artwork is due by March 1, 2021.

Download the criteria, event, and judging information HERE.

Ready to apply? Download the submission form HERE.