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Thank you for your interest OAR’s Youth Art Contest!

The 2021 Organization for Autism Research’s Youth Art Contest has ended and winners have been selected. If you would like to participate in the 2022 Youth Art Contest, fill out this form for art contest updates and announcements. 

Calling all young artists! OAR’s art contest is officially open and awaiting your submissions. Building on the new Friendship Tip Sheets OAR recently introduced, the theme for this year’s inaugural contest is “Friendship”. We look forward to see what friends and friendship look like through the eyes of children and youth. This will be their opportunity to tell a story about friendship in as abstract or literal sense as they would like.

The contest is open to autistic children and their siblings, relatives, and friends. We will announce winners at the beginning of Autism Acceptance Month in April and subsequently feature them on that month’s donation E-cards. Additionally, all winners and honorable mentions could be featured in a special OAR calendar, holiday ornament, or other featured items.


The 2021 Youth Art Contest has closed.  Keep an eye out for updates and information regarding the 2022 Youth Art Contest coming in late 2021.  

  • Theme:  Friendship
  • Submit art by: February 28, 2021
  • Winners announced: April 1, 2021
  • Prize:
    – Grand Prize: $100 Amazon gift card
    – Age group winners: $50 Amazon gift card
  • Winning art featured on:
    – Autism Acceptance Month’s donation E-cards
    – A special OAR calendar


Art contest submissions will be accepted and judged in two categories, each broken down into three separate age groups.

Youth with Autism:

8 years old & under

9 – 13 years old

14 years old  & older

Siblings, Relatives, and Friends of Individuals with Autism:

8 years old & under

9 – 13 years old

14 years old  & older


Thank you to everybody who submitted and entry the the 2021 Organization for Autism Research’s Youth Art Contest!  We received lots of amazing submissions that made voting extremely close.  Congratulations to all the winners of our 2021 Youth Art Contest!

Love one (or all) of these winning artworks? Share it with your friends by sending a donation e-card depicting a winner’s work.


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