Students inspire us!
We invite students to show us what inspires them! Let's celebrate childhood! Show us your favorite things, thoughts or memories about growing up through your artwork.

3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Feb. 9-23

6th, 7th and 8th Grade Mar. 15-19


Registration here online or turn in paper form with artwork.

Deliver artwork to JCMOMA for consideration during open hours. (Sundays from 1-3pm)

A selected group will be chosen as finalists. Finalists artwork will be showcased in a special exhibit at JCMOMA.

3-5th Grade March 1

6-8th Grade April 5

Contest Winners Receive
1st place $300 Prize
2nd place $200 Prize
3rd place $100 Prize
Honorable Mention $50 Prize


What Is Abstract Expressionism?

Abstract Expressionism comprises diverse styles and

techniques emphasizing an artist’s creativity

to convey attitudes and emotions. 

Congratulations to those receiving Top Honors in our High School Abstract Expressionism Contest.

First Place: “Letting Go” by Judy Vansant,  
Jefferson City High School
Second Place: “Brainwaves” by Mia Grayse, Jefferson City High School
Third Place: “My Piano Man-Play Me a Memory” by Meghan Maples,  
Blair Oaks High School

Honorable Mention Prizes go to: 
“Beauty in the Chaos” by Bella Lyskowski, Helias High School
“Contaminated” by Kesrah Mattadeen, Jefferson City High School


Thank you to our Judges! Mayor Carrie Tergin; Jim Dyke, owner of Cottonstone Art Gallery and Frame Shop; and Sam Bushman, Cole County presiding commissioner. 


2019 High School Contest

First Place

 "Letting Go" 

I'm someone who likes to create well thought out and detailed paintings, something that clearly makes sense. When my art teacher told us that our abstract paintings would be turned in for an art competition I freaked out. I automatically saw my abstract painting as mess instead art. My teacher helped show me that every painting doesn't has be exact and clean and that sometimes I have to let go of being perfect to be a little messy sometimes. 

Judy Vansant  

Jefferson City High School


Spring 2019 Contest Winners!

Spring Middle School Contest

Making a Better World

Congratulations 1st Place 

"Everyone Has a Helping Hand"

Caitlin Fitzpatrick, St. Stanislaus 8th Grade 

Congratulations to our Honorable Mentions

"One Piece" by Kaestli Johnson, 8th Grade

"Small Things Can Be Wonderful" by

Marta Howard St. Stanislaus 7th Grade

"Water World" by Jack Ewers

St. Joseph, 6th Grade

"The Beauties of Life" by Tanay Goel,

Thomas Jefferson Middle 7th Grade

"The Giving Tree" by Cole Morehead

St. Stanislaus 8th Grade


2019 Contest Winners!

Elementary School Contest

Congratulations 1st Place 

"Coming Together"

by Addyson Spencer - 5th Grade 

2nd Place "Lama Pool Waterpark" by 
Alyssa Scherr - 4th Grade


3rd Place "Life's Many Layers" by 
Sophia Schelton - 5th Grade

Honorable Mention Awards were given to:

Lucianna Linhardt 3rd Grade

Vivianna Paynter 4th Grade

Carter Bryan 5th Grade

Kylie Verslues 5th Grade



Jefferson City Museum of Modern Art is a free educational museum dedicated to inspiring creativity, imagination and a lifelong connection with the arts. Keep your eyes open for workshop opportunities. Sessions include a guided tour of the work and history of one the artists in our permanent collection and participants create their own work of art inspired by a current exhibit.

Follow our Facebook Page for workshop and event announcements!