Art Auction Submission and FAQs

How to Submit

Newspring is proud to present the annual student art auction! Open to all middle and high school students in SBISD. All mediums will be accepted including oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolors, prints, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, photography, and digital art. All artwork must be original and must not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person.

Any questions about submitting artwork please email for help.

Submissions Guidelines

Click to download – 2021 Newspring Student Art Auction Guidelines

Important Dates

March 10th: Entry Deadline by 6 p.m.
March 15-19: Artwork Judging & Art Selection
March 22nd: Notification for Accepted Work
March 23-26: Drop off of Artwork
April 1st: Participation Forms, Student Headshot and Video Statement
April 28–30: Virtual Art Auction
May 14: Payment Distribution

What is the Student Art Auction?

Our Spring Student Art Auction is an annual event, held late spring. Students in the middle and high schools in SBISD submit their art to be juried by a panel. The art is featured in an Online Auction, and all sales proceeds go directly to the individual student artists.

If you have any questions about the art auction please call Iris Favela at 713-590-0100 or email with questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What if my art is not selected for the auction?

A: If your art is not selected? We encourage you to participate next year.

Q: Will my art be framed?

A: All 2-D pieces not on gallery-wrapped canvas will be matted for display. Artwork on gallery-wrapped canvas must be wired for hanging and 3-D pieces will be displayed on tables in a private viewing for buyers.

Q: How will I be paid?

A: You will be paid the full sale price of your artwork by check. We have resources available to direct students on how to open a savings account if they are so inclined. You will receive payment on May 15, 2021. Students may come to Newspring to obtain payment or request your check to be mailed.

Q: Will I owe taxes on the income from selling my work?

A: The proceeds from the sale of your art are taxable income. If your income is or exceeds $600.00 in your art sales, you will be required to fill out a W-9 Tax Form before you receive your payment of earnings from the auction. You will need to include this income on your 2021 tax return, or on the return of your parents. You will be asked to complete proper W-9 if your sales are equal to or over $600.00 per year. Feel free to contact us with any questions if you need help or guidance through this process.

Q: What do you mean by “dimensions”?

A: We are asking for the size of your finished, unframed piece. Please list dimensions as height x width x depth. Depth must only be included if your work is three-dimensional and is not necessary for 2-D pieces.

Q: Can I submit pieces that were previously submitted to Rodeo or VASE?

A: Yes, you may submit pieces previously submitted to other contests so long as they have already been returned to you.

Q: Should I sign my piece? Where?

A: Your pieces must be signed discreetly on the back or front, bottom right corner of the piece.

Q: What if my art is selected but isn’t sold?

A: If your art is not sold, it will be returned to you on May 1, 2021, by appointment. Do not get discouraged and try again next year.

Q: How will my art be displayed?

A: We will be displaying artwork online and at Newspring in a private viewing for buyers.

Q: Can I attend the auction?

A: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the Newspring Art Auction will be a virtual event. If your artwork is selected, we require you to make a short video clip about your artwork for your potential buyer and we will provide you with guidelines to help you. For example: Why did you select this subject? What made you
decide to use this medium? What was your inspiration?

Q: What size should my piece be?

A: Canvases will NOT be framed and can be any size; all other 2-D pieces should not exceed 30 inches unframed; 3-D pieces should not exceed 36” high or 18” wide. There is no minimum size.

Q: How many pieces may I submit?

A: We recommend submitting your best five pieces of art but we will only select up to three of your pieces. You will submit entries through your teacher. If you have any further questions, contact your teacher. Your teacher will notify students of accepted artwork.

Q: Should I give a name/title to my piece?

A: Yes, a title is MANDATORY for your pieces.

Q: Can I get a photo of my piece for my portfolio?

A: Yes, you can request a photo electronically of your piece by emailing with your name and the title of the piece.