The Old Conway Preservation Society and the Faulkner County Historical Society are sponsoring the "Art in Architecture: Historic Homes of Conway" county-wide student art competition now in its ninth year. The competition was originally underwritten with a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage in 2006 in celebration of Arkansas Heritage Month which occurs in May.

All students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade who attend the educational institutions within Faulkner County as well as home schooled children are encouraged to participate. In addition to residential homes, other historic buildings and structures within the county will be eligible to be used as art subjects. The buildings must be at least fifty years old — built before 1963.

The purpose of the competition is to instill a love and respect for the cultural and historic heritage in our children and to expose students to elements of architectural design. The competition has been designed with the Arkansas Department of Education Fine Arts Frameworks in mind and competition guidelines have been established.

All entries must be original works created without aid from others.

Elementary and intermediate school (grades K-6) students’ art work should be 12"x18" in size in order to fit within the matting provided for winning works at the exhibit for this age category. Anything larger must be matted by the individual for the exhibit if it is chosen as a winning piece.

It is desirable that junior and senior high school (grades 7-12) students’ art work be no larger than 16" X 20". Students at this level must provide their own mat board and cardboard or foam board backing for their work for exhibition. Matting must be white.

Entries must be 2-dimensional freehand works drawn on paper or canvas using traditional medium — pencil, crayon, paint, colored pencils, pastels, pen and ink, etc.

Chalk and charcoal works should be sprayed with a fixative before submitting and oil paintings must be dry.

No 3-dimensional works will be accepted

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

All entries must have the following information included displayed on the back: Student’s name, grade, school’s name, teacher’s name, school’s telephone number and the address of the home or building that was drawn or painted.

Entries lacking complete and legible information or other stated specifications will be disqualified.

Artwork needs to be placed in a portfolio that allows the works to be secured together for easy transporting and in a method that keeps the pictures from bending. A piece of poster paper folded in half with two sides taped or stapled works well for the elementary level. Wrapping larger matted pieces with bulletin board paper or placing them in a cardboard box is also great. Art needs to be complete and ready for pick up at school locations by April 23rd, 2014. Home schooled students may drop off their artwork submissions at Strategic Wealth Partners, Inc. at 1507 Caldwell Street, Conway, AR (501-329-2054).

Artwork not selected for exhibition will be returned to the schools by May 9th, 2014.

Permission slips for the City Hall Exhibit must be secured before art work can be exhibited there.

Entry in the contest constitutes consent for the artwork to be utilized along with the winners’ names in future editorial, advertising and publicity mediums.

Submissions, copyright and reproduction rights become the property of The Old Conway Preservation Society and the Faulkner County Historical Society and may be used by the organizations to create promotional materials and products for sale without restrictions by the artist. Artwork will be signed in and out of the school to insure against loss of art works.

Separate elementary and secondary rubrics have been developed for judging. Participant entries will be evaluated on how well the artwork submitted represents the historical subject.

An award ceremony will occur during the month of May followed by an exhibit at the Conway City Hall which will be up throughout the summer months.

For additional information about the contest, contact Nancy Mitchell at 501-472-5299 or e-mail