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OJC Press Release ID: 2472

Monday, February 22, 2016

60th Otero Arts Festival announces entry dates

The 60th Annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 5 through 7 in the McDivitt Center Gym on the Otero Junior College campus. The Arts Festival showcases a diverse array of visual arts from paintings, drawings, pottery, sculptures, 3-D art and other visual art works, as well as creative writings from high school and middle school students from Southeast Colorado.

The festival invites area students from grades 7-12 to share their art and creativity with the public in this beautiful spectacle of imagination. This year’s theme is Remembrance in honor of the 60th Arts Festival at Otero Junior College.
The Arts Festival Committee anticipates a large turnout for the event with around 30 area schools participating, bringing in close to 300 creative writing entries, and close to 1,000 visual arts entries. The committee hopes that this festival will bring many new artists into the spotlight and represent the tremendous talent that the area students bring to this event.

Professional artists (TBA), who will serve as jurors for the festival, will be awarding ribbons in extensive categories during the competition to middle school and high school students of Southeast Colorado. There will also be awards for Best of Show high school, middle school, and outstanding senior portfolio ribbons.

Entries are being accepted for the creative writing division through Friday, March 4. Area students in grades 7-12 are highly encouraged to enter their poems, short stories, essays, and creative books to be displayed in the reading area during the public viewing April 5-7. Award ribbons will be distributed for first, second, and third place entries in writing for grades 7-12. A ribbon and $50 awards will be presented to the Best Representatives in writing for the middle school and high school winners.

The 60th OAF art show will continue to feature a winning high school senior portfolio for the creative writing contest. High school seniors are encouraged to enter a poem, short story, and essay for the Senior Portfolio creative writing competition. The winner of the Senior Portfolio creative writing division will be awarded a one-year, renewable scholarship which covers 12 credit hours of in-state tuition at the on campus rate at Otero Junior College. Entries for the Creative Writing contest are currently being accepted by mail at Otero Arts Festival Creative Writing, 1802 Colorado Avenue, La Junta, CO 81050 or by bringing entries directly to the Humanities Center Room 105 before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4. The complete guidelines for the creative writing information is available at:

Entries for the visual arts contests can be brought to the McDivitt Center Gym at Otero Junior College campus on Friday, April 1 from 1-5 p.m. Closed judging will take place on April 2. Students in grades 7-12 may submit one entry for each medium/technique with a maximum of six entries total per student. All entries must be labeled and hung per the guidelines that are posted on the OJC website at:

There will be four Visual Arts Scholarships being awarded for senior portfolios. Two scholarships will be awarded to Otero Junior College and two partial scholarships will be awarded from Western State University and Adams State University. Any senior who wishes to reserve a space for the Visual Arts Senior Portfolio contest may do so by sending their letter of intent to exhibit via email beginning March 1 to A total of 32 spaces are available on a first come basis with entries being accepted through Friday, March 18.

The Otero Arts Festival will also be holding the theatrical competition again this year. Students in grades 7-12 can participate in this competition in two categories: Monologues and Short Scenes. Please check the website regarding rules for this competition

One Best Actor Scholarship to Otero Junior College will be awarded to the top senior actor (thespian), and several award ribbons will be also awarded. The Theatrical competition will take place on April 9th with registration starting at 9:00 a.m. and the competition starting at 10:00 a.m. This event will also be open to the public. Entries will be accepted from March 1 to April 1 via email to

The Otero Arts Festival is showcasing a special addition this year in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Festival. The committee is calling for entries of past students who have participated in the Otero Arts Festival to submit one piece of art of any medium for public viewing. If you participated in the past we want to see what you did and also what award you received. If you would like to showcase your art please bring it to the McDivitt Center on Friday April 1 between 1 and 5 p.m. There will be no awards for these submissions. They will simply be a remembrance of years past. Please only one piece per person.

Sponsored by Otero Junior College, the Otero Arts Festival is the longest running event in Southeast Colorado for students’ grades 7-12. Complete creative writing guidelines and information, visual art rules, medium information and theatrical competition information is available at: The full list of scheduled events for this year’s festival is also available on the website.

For further information please contact:
Cullen Johnson
60th Otero Arts Festival Coordinator
1802 Colorado Ave.
La Junta CO 81050

Press Release Photo
The call for entries is out for the 60th Otero Arts Festival. The 60th Annual Otero Arts Festival is set for April 5 through 7 in the McDivitt Center Gym on the Otero Junior College campus. Complete guidelines are available at: Pictured is Bailey McMahan, Fowler, last year's first place winner in the senior portfolios contest.