PENC (Professional Educators of North Carolina), a professional association that serves as THE Voice for educators in policy-making, the forum for developing professional relationships and the advocate for improving the learning environment for every educator and student, is currently accepting electronic entries for its annual Young Artists Competition. The goal of this project is to highlight the hard work of North Carolina’s teachers and their students.

Six works of art will be selected as the winning entries by a PENC panel of judges. The pieces will be duplicated for display in our Raleigh office, on the PENC website and may be used in future publications. The six winning entrants will receive an award of $50.00 and a certificate of achievement from PENC. The teachers will be presented with a certificate, gift bag and gift certificate for art supplies at the fall 2019 Executive Board Meeting. PENC is looking forward to the wonderful work from all around our great state.The Young Artists Competition is open to all North Carolina Educators and from all disciplines.

  • The work needs to be two-dimensional and created by students in North Carolina schools (including public, private, charter and magnet schools).
  • A teacher must enter the submission on behalf of the student electronically:
    • One entry per student
    • Maximum of five entries per teacher
    • All submissions must be e-mailed by the teacher to
    • The e-mail submission MUST include:
      • A clear, non-blurry, digital photo of the work*
      • The full name of the student, school, and grade level (Please check your county/school policy on student work being published).
      • Full name and contact information for the student’s parent or guardian.
      • Your name (teacher), title, telephone number, e-mail address and your school address.
  • All submissions must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 31, 2019.
  • The selected winners and their teachers will be notified in the summer of 2019.
  • The awards and certificates will be presented at the fall 2019 PENC Executive Board Meeting, with the date and location to be announced in the invitation.

If you have any questions, please contact Bill Medlin, Executive Director, at or 800.542.8844.

* PENC will need high-resolution images for the six winning entrants. When sending your submissions, include low-resolution images, but be sure to have high-resolution images in case your students’ work is selected.

2018 Winners:

View the 2018-19 artist highlight reel below.

Elementary School

Kiersten Watkins, 5th Grade

New Hope Elementary School

Art Teacher – Marcie Mauldin

Mason Gregory, 4th Grade

Chicod Elementary School

Art Teacher – Kathy Bello

Middle School

Alexis Elliott, 8th Grade

Hanes Magnet Middle School

Art Teacher – Barbara Butryn

Marissa France, 7th Grade

Clemmons Middle School

Art Teacher – Katherine Howard

High School

Olivia Hedrick, 11th Grade

Stuart W. Cramer High School

Art Teacher – Tim Stiles

Felicity Gaudino, 11th Grade

Western Alamance High School

Art Teacher – Terry Simpson

View past young artist competition winners!