Olympics of the Visual Arts

OVA 2016 EmblemNYSATA annually hosts a creative problem-solving event in which student teams of one or more enter a long-term design solution in one of eight categories and participate in an on-demand design prompt. Teams present a portfolio along with their entry to showcase the research, planning and iterations that led to the final design. This friendly and spirited competition among students across the state is a wonderful way for students to interact with other student artists and together celebrate creativity.

The 2023 Olympics of the Visual Arts will take place in person at the Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY on April 27, 2023. 

2023 OVA Registration and Documents

Registration Fees for 2023
$150 for 1-5 teams
$200 for 6-10 Teams
$250 for 11-15 Teams
$300  for 16 -24 Teams

One advisor (Primary Contact) will register for each School District. The primary contact will register all the teacher advisors and student teams. The primary contact will need to pass all communications to all other advisors in the district.

To register, you'll need the first and last name, email address, and school building for each teacher advisor, as well as the team category and grade level. 



Register Your District’s Teams*
Registration is now closed. Please reach out to [email protected] if you need to adjust your registration. 

*Teams are limited to one team per grade level per category per district

Important Documents 

2023 Design Problems/Event Overview
Media Release Form
Sample Scoring Rubric


 OVA 2023 Schedule and Details

8-9:45 AM Arrival, Check-In, Set Up
10 AM Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM-12 PM On Demand Design Challenge, Fashion Presentations, Long Term Problem Judging
12-1 PM Lunch
1:15 PM Closing Ceremony, Award Presentations
2:30 PM Departure

OVA Team Handbook and Guidelines
Look here for tips and frequently asked questions.

CLICK HERE for Competition Guidlines
Volunteers Needed!
  • Coordinate volunteers
  • Select, order and sell OVA swag/merchandise
  • Judge categories onsite
  • Assist with problem-writing
  • Photograph/document/video the event
  • Managing onsite registration and check-in

Volunteer here or contact [email protected].

CLICK HERE to Volunteer for 2023


2022 Awards Presentation


CLICK HERE to view 2022 OVA Submissions


2021 Award Winning Solutions

2021 OVA Submitted Solutions by Category
OVA 2021 Architecture Submissions OVA 2021 Drawing Submissions 
OVA 2021 Fashion Design Submissions OVA 2021 Illustration Submissions 
 OVA 2021 Jewelry Design Submissions OVA 2021 Painting Submissions  
 OVA 2021 Photography Submissions Questions about the OVA program?
Contact Anne Manzella at
[email protected].

Artifacts and History
Ova 2019 Awards Show
2016 OVA Program Video
2020/2021 OVA Long Term Problems
2019 Long Term Problems
2018 Long Term Problems
2017 Long Term Problems
2016 Long Term Problems