Youth Art in the Square provides aspiring high school artists with an invaluable opportunity to participate in and learn the mechanics of a world-class art festival. Candidates submit their art for juried consideration by completing an online application.  . Accepted artists will have their work exhibited at Art in the Square in a specially-sponsored Youth Art tent.  Awards (including cash prizes sponsored by Roxann Taylor) will be presented for outstanding achievement.  Student artists will also have the opportunity to sell their work during the festival..   


These are the winners for Youth Art 2019.

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Volunteers are necessary to hold this acclaimed art festival.   We ask that student artists volunteer to work a shift at the Youth Art Tent during the weekend festival. 

Students who participate may count volunteered time toward high school community service hours needed for graduation.  We welcome other student and parent volunteers for the Youth Art tent during set-up and take-down. . 



The Grand Prize Winner will receive the Lone Star Artist Award and have their work placed in the Texas State Capitol building for one week.  The winner will receive hotel accommodations for two nights in Austin and a VIP tour of the Capitol courtesy of State Representative Giovanni Capriglione and Kids Matter International.

This contest is open to any public, private or home-schooled student in grades 9-12 (or home-school equivalent) who lives in NE Tarrant County. Unfortunately, due to space and travel constraints, 3D art will not be eligible for the Lone Star Artist Award.

The awards presentation will be on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Gazebo stage in Southlake Town Square. All artists need to be present to claim their artwork following the presentation.

Youth Art Program

Guidelines and Regulations

  • Youth Art in the Square is open to all student artists in NE Tarrant County high schools (grades 9-12), including public, private and home school.

  • All artwork must be original and produced by the student artist only.  No prefabricated forms, kits, imports, manufactured molds, wholesale or mass-produced items.

  • All artwork will be judged by a panel of professional artists, gallery owners and community members.

  • Art is to be displayed at Art in the Square from April 26-28, 2019.

  • All art is to be matted and ready for hanging. Please no glass and/or frames.

  • Students are responsible for transporting their art to the Southlake Town Center Gazebo on Thursday, April 25, between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

  • To ensure fairness for every student, rules outlined in the application will be strictly enforced.

  • Photos of submitted artwork and/or participants may be used for publicity.

  • .Security will be provided; however, no one connected with Art in the Square is responsible for damage or loss to property.

  • Awards will be presented on Sunday, April 28, at 2:00 p.m. at the Gazebo Stage.  All students are asked to attend this presentation and then pick up their art from the Youth Art tent. Unclaimed works will not be collected and will remain at the Gazebo..