Student Art Auction 2022

What a great evening at the Student Art Auction on April 28th!

The annual NewSpring Student Art Auction, held every spring to encourage young artists in our community, was a great success! Artwork from middle and high school students of Spring Branch ISD was on display throughout the evening at The George Theater. Guests visited with students, learning about the inspiration for their art and what they are doing in school. As always 100% of the sales proceeds go directly to the individual student artists. 

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

A special thanks to our sponsors who underwrite or provide services to create an outstanding event for all! The staff of the A.D. Players at The George Theater provided the venue and partnership for a fantastic evening in the theater lobby.  Bradley's Framing and Framecrafters provided framing for the majority of the artwork that finished each piece so beautifully.

Information for Students

Important Dates

March 11th: Entry Deadline by 11:59 p.m.
March 21st: Notification for Accepted Work
March 25th: Deadline to Submit Participation Forms
March 28th - April 1st: Drop off Art Work at NewSpring
April 28th: Art Auction
May 13th: Payment Distribution

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 6, 2022. 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 2022 tax return, or on the return of your parents. 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. You may pick up your artwork on or after May 2, 2022 from the NewSpring studio. Do not get discouraged and try again next year.

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.

Q: Is digital art/photography accepted?

A: Yes! Be sure to follow the guidelines of the digital file requirements. Must be saved in a high resolution/PNG file and no larger than 10 MB

Q: Will I make money in the art auction?

A: Once accepted into the auction there is a chance that every student participating will have a chance to sell their work. It’s not a guarantee, but the chances are high for all students.

Q: What about studies/references? It that acceptable to submit?

A: Masterwork studies are fine as it’s not copyright and using public domain works. It’s highly recommended you include the picture you’re referencing in your submission if possible. As long as there’s no tracing involved!

Q: What if I make art based on a song I listened to?

A: That’s acceptable as well, however please state the song clearly in the artist statement.

Q: Is nudity/violence accepted in the auction?

A: We ask students to keep their artworks SFW and PG-13.

Q: What size should my piece be?

A: 2-D pieces should not exceed 18" x 24" inches; 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 the NewSpring website. If you have any further questions, contact your teacher. Your teacher will notify students of accepted artwork.