Show Off! Art Competition

Don’t be shy. Showing off isn’t always a bad thing – especially if you’re talking about the annual AUArts SHOW OFF! art competition!

Alberta University of the Arts is offering Grade 10, 11 and 12 students the opportunity to showcase their artwork in the 2020 AUArts Show Off! art contest and exhibition and this year’s annual curated exhibition is open to students across Canada.

We love seeing new ideas, so "show off" your creativity in whatever medium you like.

When is Show Off!?

The Show Off! exhibition will open Wednesday, March 11 until Monday, March 23, 2020 on the AUArts campus. 

The date for 2020 Show Off! Awards Reception is Saturday, March 14, 2020. Information on how to register will be posted in the new year.

How does it work?

Simple. You submit up to three images of your original artwork, together with a description of what each piece means to you and a brief letter of recommendation from your favourite teacher to Slideroom before December 31, 2019. If chosen, your artwork will be included in the annual Show Off! exhibition at AUArts.

What could I win?

There are over $30,000 in prizes to be won including the grand prize - the AUArts Show Off! Entrance Scholarship which covers tuition for your first year of studies at AUArts.  

As well, the award winners high school art program will receive a matching grant!

Who can enter?

This year our annual curated exhibition is open to high school students in Grade 10, 11 and 12 attending recognized high schools all across Canada! 

How to Enter

  1. Upload up to three high-quality images of your original, best art or design work.
  2. Include a detailed description of what each piece means to you. Also, we would love to hear about your process!
  3. Finish your submission with a letter of recommendation from your art teacher.
  4. Submit online at

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any questions contact our recruitment team for help – we’re always happy to give you a hand.

Submit your ShowOff 2020 Application


2019 Show Off! Winners