Announcing our “Sweet 16” Art Contest for High School Students

We are inviting any high school student to submit a painting or drawing inspired by Arlington Garden in Pasadena. Your inspiration may come from the feelings you have at the garden, a particular spot in the garden, or species you find fascinating.

We are accepting digital images of visual artwork between March 1st and June 10th at 11:59pm.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges consisting of community members and artists.

Winner will be announced on Earth Day, June 21, 2021.

All artwork will be displayed on Arlington Garden’s website.

Upload a photo or scan of your artwork and email it to

2950×2950 pixels/ 270 PPI/ 15 X 15 inches/ 300 DPI image resolution

Please include the following information:


School and grade

Brief description of your art piece and how the garden inspires you.

*Entry participants retain the copyright to their artwork but are releasing their art piece to Arlington Garden in Pasadena to appear on the Arlington Garden in Pasadena website and for reprinting purposes on tote bags. Tote bags with the artwork will be sold by the garden to benefit programming.



Grand Prize

Winner will have their artwork turned into a tote bag, along with a gift basket of art supplies from Blick Art Materials in Pasadena, and prizes from Patagonia Pasadena, including a backpack, water bottle, and T-shirt.


Runner up

Gift bag of art supplies from Blick Art Material in Pasadena and Patagonia Pasadena pencil cases.

Honorable mention

T-shirt and pencil cases from Patagonia Pasadena.

Thank you to Patagonia Pasadena and Blick Art Materials in Pasadena for your donations!



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