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All local Tucson area high school students are encouraged to submit their art entries created specifically for the selected theme in Spectrum's Annual High School Calendar Art Contest*.



Fall / Spring: Call for Entries

April: Judging

May: Winners Announced

July: Calendar Printing

November: Awards Ceremony - Calendar Distribution - Next Year's Theme Announced


  • The top three (3) winners will be awarded cash prizes: $500 (First Place), $300 (Second Place), and $150 (Third Place).
  • Student artists can start building their name within Southern Arizona's art community.
  • The top three (3) cash-prize winners and nine (9) runners-up are selected by a panel of esteemed artists and employees of Spectrum Printing Company to be published in the calendar. Up to 12 honorable mentions may also be featured in the calendar in smaller format. 
  • Over 700 calendars are circulated throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona every year.
  • Artists chosen to be featured in the calendar receive up to 15 calendars and the original plates used for printing their work.
  • Published student artists and their families are invited to attend the awards ceremony hosted by Spectrum Printing Company.


  • Entry Limit: Up to three (3) original artwork submissions per student.
  • Medium Types: Accepted forms are photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, or digital art.
  • Digital Files Only: Do not submit hard copies of your original artwork. Upload an electronic form of artwork for judging. Artwork or files will not be returned.
  • Image Size: Approximately 11" x 11" - For best quality, use 300 dpi images at final printed size. Artwork not sized correctly may be disqualified.
  • Judging Criteria: Artwork is judged based on artistic merit, technique, originality, creativity, adherence to & depiction of theme, and suitability for a wall calendar. Judges' decisions are final.

*Previous calendar contests were open to all area schools, including colleges and universities. The 2013 calendar was the first to feature all high school student artists.

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