Roost Studios 2020 Student Art Competition

Roost Studios is committed to helping passionate student artists realize their full potential. This year, we will be awarding $1,000 in scholarships to student artists who stand out among their peers.

This competition is an opportunity for local New Paltz student artists to participate in a student art exhibition and compete for scholarship prizes at the same time.

All student artists participating in the exhibition will automatically be considered for scholarship prizes.


Roost Boost
Student Art Award

Amount: $250*

# of Recipients: 4

Open to SUNY New Paltz art students and New Paltz High School seniors demonstrating excellence and dedication in the arts.

*Award amount will be directly available to the student artist.

Submission Materials:

Applicants are required to submit a small digital portfolio and brief essay in order to be considered for the student exhibition and scholarship contest.

Digital portfolios must include five works of art (and dimensions in inches) for consideration by Roost Studios members and competition judges.

Applicants must also provide a brief essay (250 words max) responding to either or both of the following questions:

1) What inspires you as an artist?

2) How has art made you who you are?

Accepted applicants will be required to submit at least one physical work to the student art exhibition. There are no size limitations on physical works submitted to the exhibition. However, all work must be wall mountable, wired, and able to hang on the wall.


These physical pieces, along with the applicant's personal essay, will represent the criteria used by Roost's judges in determining scholarship recipients.

Submit your application electronically at

Important Dates:

The following is a timeline of the competition:

March 15: All digital applications due

March 23: Accepted applicants will be notified of their inclusion in the exhibition.

April 16: Drop off day for exhibition. All physical works to be delivered to the gallery.

April 22 - 26: Exhibition dates

April 26: Reception and awards - art takedown

"Building Community Through the Arts."