Student Art and Essay Contest

Kentucky public, private and home school students are invited to submit original art works and/or essays in the Governor’s Mansion Centennial Visual Art and Essay Contest sponsored by First Lady Jane Beshear, the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Committee and the Kentucky Department of Education.

“The yearlong Centennial Celebration is an exceptional opportunity for Kentucky students of all ages to learn about the architectural, political and social history of the Governor’s mansion. These contests are a perfect way to get students involved in the Celebration, and winners will be honored at special ceremony and have their works displayed at the Mansion alongside historical Centennial exhibits.” —First Lady Jane Beshear

Visual Arts Contest

The visual arts contest is open to students in grades K-12. Students may use any medium to create a two- or three-dimensional artwork that reflects one of the visual art contest’s themes. Students will submit digital images of their work for judging. First, second and third place winners will be named for students in grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.

Essay Contest

The essay contest is open to students in grades 4-12 who must choose one of three writing prompts for the theme of their essay. First, second and third place winners will be selected at the following award levels: grades 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.


First place winners in each age group will receive a $100 prize, join the First Lady for lunch at the mansion and have their work publicly displayed at the mansion. Prize-winning student art work and essays will become part of the mansion’s permanent collection.


Complete contest information, rules, judging criteria and an official entry form are available here. Only electronic entries submitted via e-mail will be accepted. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 14. Questions may be directed to or

All Centennial events and exhibits are sponsored through private donations to the Kentucky Executive Mansions Foundation, Inc. (KEMFI), a Section 501(c)(3) organization established to undertake, promote and assist financially and otherwise the modification to the restoration, maintenance and preservation of public buildings, sites, structures, places and objects of historic significance owned by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.