2021 Grand Prize Winner Marcus Rieken, 5th Grade, Farmersville Elementary (Erin Mullis, teacher)


The Symphony of Color Art Contest, presented in tandem by the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra and the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville, and in cooperation with the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, invites students in grades PreK-5 to create art inspired by great works of music. The contest is designed to further students’ interest in classical music, challenge their creative abilities and enhance their concept of music as a universal language. Symphony of Color also addresses many important National and Indiana Standards in Arts Education that relate to understanding the relationship between music and the other arts.

The 2021 Symphony of Color Contest will be held virtually. This means we are not accepting physical submissions and there will be no in-person exhibition. Instead, teachers will submit their students’ artwork as jpeg image files with the identification of the student and grade in the file name.


  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - Deadline for submitting artwork online
  • March 17 – 19, 2021 - Judging and posting of artwork online
  • Winner’s notification – March 11
  • March 19, 2021 - Winner’s notification
  • March 20, 2021 - Awards presentation
  • April, 2021 - Selected artwork displayed during virtual Young People’s Concert slideshow


  • IGOR STRAVINSKY – Infernal Dance, Berceuse, and Finale from The Firebird

After listening to the selections, have each student interpret the music into a two dimensional art form and then write a short essay about their interpretation or dictate one to an adult as age appropriate.

NEW RULES THIS YEAR – There is no longer a cap on the number of submissions from each grade per school. Please feel free to submit as many entries per grade (1 - 5) as you see fit to represent your school as entrants in the contest. PreK and Kindergarten entries may be submitted for exhibition only. Only those pictures you select as entrants will be entered into the contest. Non-school (individual) entries are limited to one entry per artist.

Entries: All entries must be original work of an individual student.

Media: Any two dimensional arts media, including paint, crayon, pencil, marker, pastels, or collage is acceptable. No chalk, please.

Size & Mounting: Finished artwork must be no larger than 24” x 36”. No lamination. Artwork must be mounted on white, lightweight poster board. Identification of Artwork: Please identify the artwork in the files you submit in the following format for file names: Last name, First name – Grade # Example: Onderdonk, Brian – Grade 4

Judging: The finalists’ art will be judged by representatives of the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, the Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science, and the Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville.

Prizes: One winner will be chosen from each grade level (1-5). Four of these winners will receive a $50 cash prize. One winner will receive a Grand Prize of $100 cash. In addition to the grade level awards, three special award recipients will be selected. All winners will receive 2 tickets or a livestream link to the Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra’s Pop’s concert, “Fairytale Fantasia”, on March 20, 2021. Prizes will be awarded on stage during the concert – this presentation will have to conform to Indiana Health Guidelines: specific information regarding the procedure will follow soon.

For more information, please contact the Director of Education, Chaz Ritenour, at (812) 425-5050 ext. 316 or via email at [email protected].

2021 Symphony of Art Contest Winners!

View the art work here

Grand Prize - Marcus Rieken, 5th Grade, Farmersville Elementary (Erin Mullis, teacher)

cMoe Award  - Lily Turner, 4th Grade, Princeton Community School (Lisa Feldman, teacher)

Conductor’s Award  - Bryce Boggs, 5th Grade, West Elementary (Erin Mullis, teacher)

Museum Director’s Award - Dillon Kuhn, 5th Grade, Farmersville Elementary (Erin Mullis, teacher)

1st Grade Winner - Brayden Moore of Marrs Elementary

2nd Grade Winner  - Hattie Dye of Marrs Elementary

3rd Grade Winner - Rebecca Taylor of Princeton Community School

4th Grade Winner  - Morgan Miller of West Elementary

5th Grade Winner and Grand Prize Runner Up  - Brayden Kennedy of Princeton Community School