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 2024 Olympics of the Visual Arts will take place in person at the Saratoga City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY on May 13, 2024. 

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OVA Judging OVA 2023 Students Working OVA Solution

 OVA Registration and Documents

School Disttrict Registration Fees for 2023
1 team—$150
2-5 teams—$200
6-10 teams—$250
11+ teams—$300

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*

CLICK HERE to Register Now! 
*Teams are limited to one team per grade level per category per district

Important Documents 

2024 Overview and Design Challenges
2024 Competition Guidelines
Sample Scoring Rubric
Before You Arrive

Please download and complete ALL of the following prior to arrrival at the Saratoga City Center site.

Arrival Checklist
Chaperone Form (1 per Team)
District Teams Registration (1 per District)
Media Release Form (1 per student)
On Demand Problem Supply List
2024 OVA Progam Schedule
Student Certificate of Participation

 Fill and print a certificate for your student particiants.  

Click Here for Certificate
Submit Your Design Solution

Submit your design solution on a Google Slide using the provided Google Slide template. Please submit yourr solution by Monday, May 6. 

CLICK HERE for Slide Template
CLICK HERE to Submit Your Solution Slide
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 2024
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
2023 Design Challenges
2022 Design Challenges
2020/2021 Long Term Problems
2019 Long Term Problems
2018 Long Term Problems
2019 Awards Show
2016 OVA Program Video