Otero Arts Festival

Sponsored by OJC for 63 years!

Arts Festival

The 63rd annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 2nd through April 4th at the McDivitt Center on the Otero Junior College campus. The Otero Arts Festival showcases creative writing, sculptures, pottery, paintings, drawings, and other works of art submitted by middle and high school students from throughout southeast Colorado. In addition there is a theatrical competition and a music solo and ensemble competition. The event will be open to the public on Tuesday, April 2nd through Thursday, April 4th. Exhibit is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:00-8 p.m. daily.

2019 Schedule of Events

63 years ago the Festival was started as an art contest for middle and secondary school students to showcase their artistic talents. The Otero Arts Festival is one of the longest running events for public school students in Southeast Colorado, and has been continually sponsored by Otero Junior College. Over the past several years, the writing, art and theatrical contests have drawn over 2,000 entries annually.

OTERO ARTS FESTIVAL REGISTRATION CLOSED

 

 

2019 Otero Arts Festival Visual Arts Winners

63rd OAF Visual Arts Awards 2019

 

2019 Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing Winners

63rd OAF Creative Writing Awards 2019

 

  • 2019 Guidelines Otero Arts Festival
 For Artist

    Visual Arts

    All area students, grades 7-12, are also encouraged to enter the Otero Arts Festival Visual Arts Competition. Entries for the art contest will be accepted on Friday March 29th from 1-5 pm at the McDivitt Center Gym on the Otero Junior College campus. Students may have one entry for each medium/technique with a maximum of six entries total per student. Entries must be labeled and hung per the guidelines. Refer to the entry documents listed below for details.

    OAF Art Competition General Rules_2019:

    View Art General Rules

    OAF MS and HS Visual Arts Entry Form_2019:

    View Art Entry Form

    Seniors wishing to compete in the Senior Portfolio competition are encouraged to complete the online registration to exhibit, as there is limited space available for portfolios. Deadline is Friday March 15th.

    OAF Senior Portfolio Entry Rules and Entry Form_2019:

    View Senior Portfolio Entry

     

  • 2019 Guidelines Otero Arts Festival
 Creative Writing Contest

    Creative Writing

    Area students in grades 7-12 can enter the Creative Writing division of the Otero Arts Festival. Entries are accepted for the Creative Writing division through Friday, March 1. All poems, short stories, essays and creative books that are entered will be displayed in the Reading Room during the public viewing dates, April 2-April 4.

    First, second and third place ribbons will be awarded in each of the three writing categories for grades 7 -12. A ribbon and award will be given for Best Representative Writing in middle school and in high school.

    OAF Creative Writing Contest Rules and Format Pages_2019:

    View  Writing General Rules

    OAF Creative Writing Entry Forms_MS & HS 2019:

    Click for Creative Writing Entry

    OAF Creative Writing Book Format and Rules 2019:

    Click for Creative Book Rules

     

    The Creative Writing contest continues to feature a winning high school senior portfolio. High School seniors are encouraged to enter a poem, short story and essay in the Senior Portfolio creative writing competition. The winner of the Senior Portfolio creative writing division will be awarded a one-year, renewable, 12 credit hours of in-state tuition at the on campus rate scholarship to Otero Junior College. .

    Entries are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, Macdonald Hall Room 110, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries to Macdonald Hall Room 110 by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 1st..

     

  • 2019 Guidelines Otero Arts Festival Instrumental Music Contest

    Instrumental Music Contest

    The 63rd Otero Arts Festival will again include a music contest to be held on Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm in McDivitt Center Gym. Music was part of the original festivals until the 1970s. This will be our inaugural year to bring back music. The purpose of the competition is to provide an opportunity for young musicians to demonstrate their musical talent and love for music. Ribbons will be awarded at each level of the competition with an OJC Scholarship being awarded to the top senior (grade 12 graduating high school senior) competitor.

    OAF Instrumental Music Contest Guidelines-Registration_2019:

    View Music Rules & Registration

     

  • 2019 Guidelines Otero Arts Festival
 Theatrical Competition

    Theatrical Competition

    The Theatrical competition will be held on Monday, April 1, 2019 from 6pm to 9pm in the Ed Stafford Theatre, OJC Humanities Center. The purpose of the competition is to provide an opportunity for young thespians to demonstrate his/her acting talent and love for theater. Ribbons will be awarded at level of the competition with an OJC Scholarship being awarded to the top senior actor (grade 12 graduating high school senior).

    OAF Theatre Competition Guidelines-Registration_2019:

    View Theatrical Rules & Registration

     

 

2015 Otero Artes Festival