Ag Day Student Art Contest & Exhibition

Theme: Agriculture: Food for Life

Submission deadline:  March 1, 2019

Who: Grades 3-12 in Shelby or DeSoto Counties

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Agriculture is as old as time, but the world continuously changing fast. We all are involved in Agriculture but do not think about it.  Every time we eat, drink milk, or wear clothes made of cotton.  This year we’ll tap into the limitless imaginations of students across the Mid-South in a challenge to how they would visualize Agriculture: Food for Life.

“Agriculture: Food for Life” is the 2019 National Ag Day theme. NOTE: Theme words do not need to be included in the art.. 

Any 3rd – 12th grade student in Shelby County, TN and DeSoto County, MS. Students may develop an entry inside or outside of school. The purpose of the contest is to promote the role and importance of agriculture in our life. We want participants to be as imaginative and expressive as possible.

Artwork submission period is January 18,
2019 - March 1, 2019


Artwork can be submitted by virtually any media include the following:

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Collage

  • Photography

  • Graphic Design

  • Short Video


  • First Place Winners $100

  • Second Place Winners $50

  • Third Place Winners $25

  • Teachers of all First Place Winners receive $100


  • Grade Levels 3-5 (Category 1)

  • Grade Levels 6-8 (Category 2)

  • Grade Levels 9-12 (Category 3)

Judging Criteria

  • Interpretation of concept

  • Uniqueness

  • Artistry



7777 Walnut Grove Rd., Memphis, TN 38120

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Teachers Drawing

Teachers will receive one entry for each student who enters the contest. The more students who submit, the more entries that teacher will receive.

At the awards event, a teacher’s name will be drawn at random to win a prize of $250 to use for art supplies in the classroom.  

Only one prize awarded per art event. Teachers do not need to be present at awards ceremony to win the drawing.

More Info

For more information or questions email Laura Roberson or call at 901-707-8376.

2019 Contest Rules & Judging Criteria

Entry Form to be put on the back of the artwork


Featured SponsorS

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Winners of the 2019 Ag Day Student Art Contest

3rd - 5th Grade Division

1st Place: Veronica Gale, Cordova Elementary (Teachers: Shameka Carter and Martha Berge)

2nd Place: Melody McCloskey, Homeschool

3rd Place: Fatiha Dang Kua, Cordova Elementary


6th - 8th Grade Division

1st Place: Ashley Merriweather, City University of Liberal Arts (Teacher: Monica Scott)

2nd Place: Maci McMahon, Arlington Middle School

3rd Place: Kathy Lam, Colonial Middle School

9th - 12th Grade Division

1st Place: Shridhar Athinarayanan, White Station High School (Teacher: Charles Berlin)

2nd Place: Susanna Smith, Arlington High School

3rd Place: Brenna Jackson, Arlington High School