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January 1st, 2021: Our theme for the 2021/22 school year has been posted! We are seeking submissions with a Pop Art theme. Feel free to submit your applications now, but know that they will not be reviewed until the end of the contest period (see terms below.)

November 6th, 2020: Congratulations to Jacqueline Marquez at Arizona State University! Her submission of a gorgeous Hummingbird/Floral piece has been selected as the winner of our 2019/2020 Design Scholarship. Keep an eye out for it in our collection soon! 

April 30th, 2018: We are happy to announce the Modern Abstract Decor has merged with Modern Crowd, so we are welcoming in any pending applicants who submitted for the Modern Abstract Decor Scholarship Contest and rolling them over into the Modern Crowd contest. We will be announcing the joint results soon!

CONGRATULATIONS to Our Previous Scholarship Contest Winners:

Calling All Student Artists: Original Design Contest On Now! Pop Art Theme...

Pop Art Example

Metal Art Studio / Modern Crowd has announced their 4th annual Student Design Competition! We know there is an ocean of talent out there in our aspiring artists, and we are looking to collaborate with art programs to encourage their students to put themselves out there and chase artistic opportunities.

Our scholarship competition is open to any student artist enrolled at a participating university, college, or trade school. Here is how it works:

1) We assign a theme for the design. Previous themes have included "world map," "animal," and "floral" themes. In 2021 we would like all new submissions to have a POP ART theme.

2) You create your ORIGINAL masterpiece with your own artistic flavor and submit it along with a video or slide show of the piece in production to us for judging (see submission steps & requirements below.)

3) Once all submissions are received, we choose a 1st Place Winner and at least one Runner Up

So, what's at stake..?

1st Place Winner:
  • $1000 Scholarship
  • The first copy of your artwork printed in HD
  • Official recognition for your portfolio
  • Product published live online with your name
  • Potential exposure to our retailers
  • Ongoing royalties if your design gets picked up!
Runner Up (if applicable)
  • $250 Scholarship
  • The first copy of your artwork printed in HD
  • Official recognition for your portfolio
  • Product published live online with your name
  • Potential opportunity for your design to be seen by our retailers and included in their storefronts

How do I participate..?

Grab your medium of choice (pencil, paintbrush, finger-paints, spray paints, stylus, mouse, etc) and just let the creative juices start to flow! Come up with your own original design based on our parameters. Take a look at other art on our website or on sites like for some initial ideas of what styles are trending now. Create a video or image slideshow (or series of screenshots for graphic designers) of your piece in production - we need to see the progress of the design at various stages of production - it is a great way to introduce your design to our judges, and an easy way to prove yourself as the original artist. Once you have finished your masterpiece, send it over to us as your official submission using the form below!

Follow These Steps to Submit:

Please review these details and file specifications before submitting your design for the competition:

  • Progress Video: You must create a progress video or image slide show of the piece in production to introduce the design and also prove that you are the original artist. Post it on YouTube or Vimeo, and in the description of the video the FIRST LINE MUST BE: Design Contest Submission
  • Graphic Design vs Physical Art: Ultimately the design must be digital, however if you are not a graphic designer it can also be painted, drawn, sketched, or created in any other manner and then photographed straight-on in high-definition (with good lighting) and converted to an appropriate digital file type using Photoshop, Illustrator, or a comparable program
  • File must be a minimum of 300dpi at about 48"W x 24"H (DPI is in reference to how many dots per square inch are in the file - this allows the design to effectively be printed in high resolution.) In other words, your "canvas" should be 48"W x 24"H and the design file should be created in (or converted to) 300dpi
  • .ai or .eps file type preferred - .png or .jpg will work as long as the size and resolution is in compliance
  • PLEASE NOTE: The files you submit to us must be publicly accessible or shared with If we cannot access the file, we cannot judge your submission!

Please email if you have any questions about these steps. Best of luck, and we look forward to reviewing your creative submissions!

Who Can Apply?
Any graduating senior or enrolled student in any field of study relating to creative applications (art, design, architecture, engineering, etc.) If our scholarship is not on your school's website, PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FINANCIAL AID/SCHOLARSHIP DEPARTMENT TO ADD IT but feel free to proceed with your submission in the meantime.

Terms & Conditions:

Eligibility Requirements - Any graduating high school seniors planning to major in art, as well as any student artists currently enrolled (full or part time) in an arts program at a college, trade school or university is eligible for our scholarship competition.

Submission Requirements - All designs submitted must be original work by the student and may not be a copy, replica, reproduction, or close variation of any designs from other artists found in retail stores, art galleries, publications, online, or any other source.

Submission Deadline - All submissions must be received by August 31st in order to qualify for this scholarship competition. Submissions received after August 31st may be considered for the following year's competition. No citizenship requirements apply.

Minimum Submissions Requirement - We must receive a minimum of 25 applicants for the competition. If fewer than 25 students apply, all submissions will be rolled over into the following year.

Choosing a Winner - All design submissions will be reviewed and evaluated by our panel of judges and experienced artists. Judging criteria will include compliance with requirements, creativity within assigned theme, and projected market appeal of the design. Winners will be announced within approximately 30 days of the submissions deadline. Upon verification of eligibility, the student will be notified by email of their award. The student's approved school will then receive a one-time disbursement of $1,000 as a scholarship for the winning student. The student is responsible to ensure receipt of funds by the school and notify us if such is not the case within 60 days of the announcement. NOTE: In the event that the student's school would prefer to have the award paid directly to the student as award money rather than being paid to the school as a scholarship, we will do so upon request.

Other Award Details - Winning designs will be printed on metal, just like our standard product line, and given to the student for their own use. Size TBD based on design, shipping location, and materials available. Winning students may reference the

Modern Crowd - Design Scholarship Competition in their professional portfolio. Recognition given by Modern Crowd to the winning student will be the artist's name included in the product listing. A royalty of 5% of the sale price will be paid to the 1st place winner on any orders placed for their design for at least one calendar year after the announcement of their victory. The opportunity to have the winning design viewed by retailers will depend on our annual design review with our retailers.

Metal Art Studio LLC and Modern Crowd Inc will retain the rights to use and distribute any design files that are submitted for consideration. The winner and any runners-up will receive recognition for their design as the original artist, and the design may be made available for reproduction and sale through our wholesale and retail channels. Metal Art Studio LLC and Modern Crowd reserves the right to terminate this contest at any time without any notice. If too few submissions are received to be competitive the scholarship committee may reduce the amount of the award, or if the committee feels as though there is not a project that meets the standards of a winning submission, they may not reward the prize at all. This scholarship program is void where prohibited.