Photo of art competition in the Education Building


The K-12 Competition (formerly Education Department) presents an annual exhibition of the work of Minnesota students in Kindergarten through grade 12. Students entering in Individual Exhibits may submit a variety of items; projects conceived and executed at home as well as school projects are welcome. The Technology Education division includes works produced in shop class. In 2014, over 3,500 items were entered and exhibited.

  • Individual Exhibits - drawings, paintings, sewing, jewelry, reports and creative writing.
  • Technology Education - architectural working drawings, photography, welding, woodworking, CO2 cars and solar boats.


The K-12 Competition premium book is available annually online the first Monday in May.

REGISTRATION: By entering online, the entry forms and tags will be filled out electronically. Online registration is highly recommended for teachers entering large numbers of projects, but is available for any exhibitor. Teachers who enter their students’ works will have their completed tags mailed to them ahead of time; parents or students who register independently will have their tags and forms ready for them when they deliver their projects.

Registration must be competed by 4:30 p.m., Aug. 11. If you miss the online deadline, exhibits may also be registered in person on date(s) of delivery.


ONLINE REGISTRATION: Opens the first Monday in May; closes Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m.


  • Individual Exhibits
    • Monday, Aug. 17, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Aug. 18, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Technology Education
    • Monday, Aug. 17, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Aug. 18, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Exhibits must be picked up from the Education Building (no exhibits will be released without entry form receipt).

  • Wednesday, Sept. 9, between 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Sept. 10, between 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

For further information, please email us or call us directly at (651) 288-4417.


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Exhibitors entering in multiple division, please refer to the complete publication.

  • K-12 Competition Premium Book (complete publication)

Exhibitors entering in one division; please refer to the section that applies.

  • Individual Exhibits
  • Technology Education

Agriculture Technology can be found in the FFA Premium Book on the FFA page.


Online registration will absolutely close on Aug. 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Please READ the premium book rules before beginning online registration, as you are responsible for the important rules and conditions it contains regarding your entries.

Online Registration opens the first Monday in May.