The Buzzy's Art Contest 2022-2023

March 8, 2023


Online Gallery

The Buzzys text over yellow paint splatter under a yellow jacket insect.

The MSU Department of Art and the Starkville Oktibbeha School District PTO celebrate the artistic talents of Pre-K through 12th grade students with the annual Buzzy's Art Contest.

This online exhibition features original award winning works of art by students in the Starkville Oktibbeha School District. Works are submitted into four categories: Creative Writing, 2D Fine Art, 3D Sculpture, and Photography.

Each Creative Writing submission is analyzed and reviewed by a guest juror from the MSU Department of English. Judging criteria includes ranking each Creative Writing submission based on the level of Originality, Creative Expression, Organization, and Use of Language. Each 2D Fine Art work (Drawing, Painting, Digital, and Mixed Media), 3D Sculpture, and Photography is analyzed and reviewed by a guest juror from the MSU Department of Art faculty. Judging criteria includes ranking each work based on the level of Completeness, Skill, Creativity, and Composition. Awards include Best in Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Places, plus Honorable Mentions. The types and number of awards for each category are different depending on the number of entries for each school and grade.

The Best of the Buzzy's Gallery Exhibition

In addition to the online gallery, we are very pleased to announce a public in-person exhibit at the Visual Arts Center Gallery. The Best of the Buzzy's, featuring photograph images of all of the Best in Show Award winning works, will be on display March 8th–24th (closed MSU Spring Break - March 11–19) at the MSU Visual Arts Center Gallery (808 University Drive). The VAC Gallery is open Monday–Friday 1pm–6pm.

Special thanks to all the students, teachers, parents, guardians, mentors, and organizers involved in making this amazing exhibition possible.

Click on each Grade Category and enjoy the different galleries of original "buzz-worthy" student work!

PreK–1st Grade Awards

2nd–4th Grade Awards

5th Grade Awards

6th & 7th Grade Awards

8th & 9th Grade Awards

10th–12th Grade Awards