Ocean View Art Competition & Exhibition

Ocean View is a competition and exhibition that encourages youth to interpret the ocean through visual art. Students in grades kindergarten through high school are encouraged to participate. 

2023 Theme

At GSO we are a community of coastal and ocean scientists, engineers, students, policy experts, administrators, communicators and educators that love the ocean. The unknown, the animals, the food and the waves are just some of our favorite things about the ocean. 

To participate in the competition and exhibition, a completed commitment form must be submitted by March 1, 2023.

Commitment Form Formulario de Compromiso



This exhibition and competition explores the many ways in which we are all connected to the ocean and we want to know, what is your favorite thing about the ocean? 
Use the prompts below to inspire your art piece. 

As someone living in the Ocean State, show us through your artwork your favorite thing about the ocean. Is it… 

  • A favorite memory? 
  • An activity?
  • Discovering new creatures? 
  • How the ocean inspires you?
  • Exploring below the water’s surface?


Rhode Island students in grades kindergarten through 12th are eligible to apply. Original artwork will be judged in four divisions: 

  • Grades K-2
  • Grades 3-5 
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Winners from the four divisions will receive prizes to support their artistic development and ocean interest.


To participate in the competition and exhibition, a completed commitment form must be submitted by March 1st. Contact information for an adult sponsor must be included in the commitment form.  

Artist’s statement: all submissions must include a maximum 100-word statement that provides information on how you interpreted the theme through your artwork. A link to an online submission form will be provided. 

Participants may submit one (1) original two-dimensional artwork. Pieces that will be accepted include but are not limited to:

  • Drawing & Illustration 
  • Painting 
  • Mixed media and collage
  • Photography 

Visual art submissions can be no larger than 24” x 36”

Original artwork must be submitted, digital files or copies of artwork will not be accepted. 

2023 Deadlines

March 1: Commitment form submitted

March 28 or 30th: Art pieces delivered to URI Providence Campus or Narragansett Bay Campus 

Other Information

The exhibition at the URI Providence Campus will take place April 3-27, 2023. All submissions will be on physical display as well as virtually on the GSO website. 

The twelve award-winning original pieces of artwork will be framed and showcased at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography (GSO) following the exhibition at URI Providence Campus Gallery for at least one year. As part of this collection on display at GSO, your original artwork will be viewed by the public, students, staff, and faculty. After one year, you have the option to donate your artwork to GSO to continue to be displayed on campus.

Questions? Email agingras@uri.edu