Young Artist Competition

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2019 Young Artist Application (pdf)


2019 Photography Challenge Application (pdf)


About the Young Artist Competition


For 30 years, Sister Cities International has held the Young Artist Competition as a world-wide art competition to showcase young student's creative projects in relation to a central theme around Sister Cities.  Lexington Sister Cities hold a local competition in partnership with the Sister Cities International competition, and Central Bank has been a dedicated partner in this local competition for all 30 years.  


Each year, the competition has a central theme.  The 2019 theme is "Global Citizens: Resilient Communities".  Student's artwork is evaluated by it's quality of work and relation to the theme.  


Participating artists must be between 13 and 18 years of age by April 1st of the qualifying year.  All entries must be the original design and artwork of the entrant.  Only new pieces inspired by the theme should be submitted.  

Medium & Specifications are made each year for the competition.  

There is a separate photography competition as well. Entries for the photography competition are due by April 1, 2019. The application can be found above.


Local competition: First, second and third place are chosen and cash prizes awarded by Central Bank.  

1st place - $250

2nd place - $150

3rd place - $100

The art teacher of the winning student will receive $250 from Lexington Sister Cities to use for classroom supplies.  

International Competition: The winning student's artwork will be submitted to the worldwide Sister Cities International Competition.  From the ten finalist entries (5 from the US and 5 international) one US artist and one artist from abroad are selected as overall winners.  The two overall winners each receive $1,000.  

2018 Competition


1st place - Rose Linn, Frederick Douglass


2nd place - Aurionne Beck, Frederick Doulgass

"One Love"

3rd place - Anya Hartman, Lafayette

"Synched Up" 

Honorable Mention - Carmen Coleman, Bryan Station

"Shine Your Eyes"

Winning art teacher - Rebecca Banks, Frederick Douglass

Sister Cities International competition

Rose Linn's piece winner of the Lexington competition, "Diplomacy" went on to place in the top 10 in the Sister Cities international competition, and will be displayed at the Sister Cities International Conference in Aurora, Colorado August 2-4.

Young Artist Press Release 2018 (pdf)