Opportunities for Young Artists

Irving Arts Center is pleased to offer many opportunities for young artists throughout the year, such as Family Fundays (the Second Sunday of every month) and JumpstART (the first Thursday of every month).  Additionally, there are many great opportunities for work to be showcased at Irving Arts Center and elsewhere in the community!  Those opportunities are located below.

Current Opportunities

None at this time.  Please check back soon! 

Past Opportunities


Show us your True Grit Essay Contest!
Deadline for entry: October 16, 2017

Irving Public Library invites students in grades 4-12 and adults to write an essay inspired by this year’s Irving Reads selection, the novel True Grit by Charles Portis. In no more than 300 words, the essay should focus on a time in your life when you or someone you know showed true grit, by sticking to their goals no matter what stood in their way.  Winners will be announced during a special awards presentation held at 6:30 p.m., Oct. 24 at the Irving Arts Center.  Prizes will be awarded to the first ($100), second ($75) and third place ($50) in each category.

More information, rules for submission and the contest entry form are available via the City of Irving’s library website.

17th Annual  Art Connection Members’ Exhibition
Exhibition Dates: July 15-Sept 16, 2017
Entry Deadline: July 9, 2017

This annual, non-juried exhibition is open to all current Art Connection members who wish to participate and includes a Youth category.  The entry fee is $5 per work, and artists may submit up to two pieces. Eligible entries will be judged for cash awards in three categories: Youth, Non-Professional and Professional. An overall “Best of Show” prize will also be awarded.

Thematic Challenge: In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of “The Summer of Love” and Irving Arts Center’s “Summer of ’17,” participating artists are invited to create artwork which explores the theme of “All You Need is Love & Art.” Characterized by the spirit of revolution and social change, the 1960s were a turbulent and exciting time.  Through the works of those artists who choose to find inspiration in this theme, we hope to capture a bit of the culture, music and art of this most groovy decade.   Special prizes will be awarded to member artists who choose to compete in this category (note – this is completely optional).

Call for Entries / Prospectus Information


Catching Dinner, Muriel Mimura, 2014 TXN winner

32nd Annual Texas & Neighbors Regional Art Exhibition
April 29- June 3, 2017

Deadline for entries:  February 1, 2017
Link to Prospectus

Presented by the Irving Art Association in partnership with the Irving Arts Center, this juried exhibit features mixed media works from artists in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma. More than $9,000 in prizes will be awarded!

*The deadline for entry has passed.

Canal Fest Public Art Exhibition
Saturday, April 22, 2017

Canal Fest returns for another year of fun, food, music, culture and a public art exhibition down on the canal.  For more information, please see the following:

Canal Fest 2017 Promotional Flyer
2017 Canal Fest – Art Exhibit Info Sheet

*The deadline for entry has passed.

BigReadcall3Irving’s Big Read: Colors of Mexico – Call for Art!

Take up a literary art challenge with two Irving Art Association-sponsored Big Read exhibits! Art submitted should relate to the chosen book Into the Beautiful North or one of the NEA’s 47 alternatives, Hispanic literature or culture, or the general concept of reading.

*The deadline for entry has passed.


Big Write

The Big Write: Call for Poetry!

Irving Public Library invites writers of all ages to share a story in a poem about coming to America. Share experiences, feelings, and transitions on coming to a new culture.

*The deadline for entry has passed.



Ahphsana Haque

Transportation Art Contest

Since 2008 the Irving Arts Center has organized a student art competition to coincide with the City of Irving’s annual transportation summit. The art competition is open to students ages 6-18 (three age divisions) who reside or attend a school located in the City of Irving.

*The deadline for entry has passed.