Children in grades K-12 are eligible to participate.
Winners will be announced January 10, 2022!

The 2021 Youth Art Competition is now closed for judging. Thank you

In conjunction with our 2021 Annual Campaign, Our Today, Their Tomorrow, NCSEA invites all North Carolina students (K–12) to display their talents in the 2021 Youth Art Competition. All who are interested should submit art drawings or digital graphics that reflect North Carolina’s clean energy landscape (solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles etc.) and how their vision of a clean energy future will benefit us all.

Winners will be chosen from the following categories:
Elementary School Artist (Grades K-5)
Middle School Artist (Grades 6-8)
High School Artist (Grades 9-12)

Winners will be announced via email on Monday, January 10, 2022.
The winning entries will be displayed on NCSEA’s social media platforms and website.

Amazing prizes will be awarded to the winners!

Clean energy and art themed prizes will increase in value as NCSEA donations increase. Examples may include: educational books, toys, tickets to art museums, gift cards, solar powered technology, tickets to art experiences, and performance theaters.

If you are interested in donating prizes to our winners, please contact Kristi Matthews at


  1. Collect your materials:
    1. A piece(s) of blank, clean white piece of paper
    2. Drawing materials/paint
  2. Entries work should reflect characteristics of North Carolina, and they should depict a vision for our future as clean energy continues to grow and impact our economy, our people and our environment.
    • Artwork may include (but not limited to): solar panels, wind turbines, electric vehicles, geothermal heat pumps, battery storage, and LEED buildings.
  3. Get to work!
  4. Take a photo of the artwork
    1. The contest is now closed for judging. 
Avery Klanecky, 15

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” —Pablo Picasso 

“Only an artist can interpret the meaning of life.” —Novalis 

“It's an artist's duty to reflect the times in which we live.” —Nina Simone 

“The artist's job is to be a witness to his time in history.” —Robert Rauschenberg 

Don't forget to donate to the 2021 Annual Giving Campaign