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.


2022 OVA Virtual Event Documents and Dates

Register Your School’s Teams
by January 26, 2022 ($20 per team)

Digital Design Submissions Due on or Before
April 27, 2022

April 28-May 13 

Virtual Awards Reception & On-Demand Design
June 1, 2022

2022 Design Problems/Event Overview
Sample Scoring Rubric
2022 OVA QR Codes to Post in Your Classroom
2022 Complete Submission Guidlelines
Media Release Form
2022 Solution SLIDE TEMPLATE

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 OVA 2021 Sculpture Submissions 

Questions about the OVA program? Contact Roger Hyndman or 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