The Central Texas Art Competition and Exhibition is the longest-running art competitions in Texas. It is open to students from six area colleges and universities and 34 area high schools, with separate divisions for high school and college students.

Students from the following high schools and colleges may enter the competition: Academy, Aquilla, Bartlett, Belton, Bruceville-Eddy, Buckholts, Central Texas Christian School (Temple), Copperas Cove, Ellison (Killeen), Florence, Gatesville, Gateway College Prep (Georgetown), Georgetown, Granger, Harker Heights, Holland, Holy Trinity (Temple), Hutto, Jarrell, Killeen, Milano, McGregor, Moody, Rockdale, Rogers, Rosebud-Lott, Salado, Shoemaker (Killeen), Taylor, Temple, Thorndale, Thrall, Troy, C.H. Yoe (Cameron), University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Central Texas College, Southwestern University, McLennan Community College, Temple College and Texas State Technical College (Hutto).

The competition is held in November and entry forms are usually available in September.

Each year a different professional artist is invited to serve as juror for the competition. Six $125 Awards of Excellence and two $50 Honorable Mention Awards are presented in each division, as well as a special Juror’s Award of $200.

The competition is sponsored by Altrusa International of Temple and the Temple South Rotary Club, and is coordinated by the Temple College Visual Arts Department. For more information, contact Michael Donahue at michael.donahue@templejc.edu.