2023 Art Contest

Each year we include an art contest for local K-12 students across Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, and Kershaw counties. This year the theme is “eSTEAM at Work” and we accept physical and digital submissions.

  • Eligibility: Contestant must be a student (grades 1 – 12) in Sumter, Clarendon, Lee or Kershaw counties.
  • Entry Dates: Participating students will submit entries on or before September 21st  to Please have each participant complete the entry form on the festival website.
  • Entry Form: Student must provide all required information requested on the entry form (entry form must be legible). The student and a parent or guardian are required to read and understand these rules in order to complete the entry form in its entirety. The entry form includes a release and certification that must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • Art Prompt: Create an original design (hand drawn or electronic using Adobe Illustrator) that captures what “eSTEAM at work” means to you.
  • Artwork: Student must submit original, two-dimensional artwork.
    • Student artwork must be original, created by only the student.
    • Student artwork must measure 11”w x 8.5”h and be created using any two-dimensional medium including:
      • Drawing (pencil, graphite, etc.) Drawing needs to be bold and clean. The drawing needs to be drawn on white paper in landscape orientation. If using 11”w x 8.5”h size paper, it would be best for the drawing to take up the entire page.
      • Adobe Illustrator – create design using Adobe Illustrator.
        • File set-up size: 5.208”h x 11.166”w
        • File set-up notes: 300 dpi/CMYK. Bleed art to edge (no crops), but leave at least 0.375” inside all sides of the file for safety area.
        • PDF Preferred
      • Labeling Requirements:   Each student must have the following information attached:
        • Student name
        • Teacher
        • School
        • Grade
      • Transfer of Rights: Each applicant and his/her parent or guardian must agree to give all rights to the submitted artwork, including copyright, to the Sumter Economic Development and Adams Outdoor Advertising. This transfer of rights will allow the sponsor of the contest, at a minimum, to reproduce, distribute, and display your artwork.   The winner’s submission will be duplicated in various mediums and used to promote the eSTEAM Festival throughout Sumter, Lee, Kershaw and Clarendon counties.
      • Awards: Each winner will receive a certificate and their winning design will be posted on a billboard the week of October 15. Our Art Contest Sponsor chooses their top 3 entries from each category (elementary, middle, and high school) and then the public gets to vote for the winners at the eSTEAM Sumter Festival. Winners will have their artwork displayed on a billboard in their home county.


    Please Provide the Following:

    Upload Signed Entry Form (Downloadable form above)
    (Max File Size 3mb - Acceptable File Types .pdf .txt .gif .png .jpg .jpeg .ai .eps .svg )

    Upload Electronic Submission of Artwork
    (Max File Size 3mb - Acceptable File Types .pdf .txt .gif .png .jpg .jpeg .ai .eps .svg )

    2022 Artwork