Ocean View Art Competition & Exhibition


Grades K-2


Grades 3-5


Grades 6-8


Grades 9-12


Ocean View Art Exhibition

The exhibition at the URI Providence Campus will take place April 3-27, 2023, with a Gallery Night on April 20th. Ocean View includes artworks in all media from 25 area professional artists and a youth art competition with more than 200 artworks by Rhode Island K-12 students exploring the many ways in which we are all connected to the ocean.

All pieces of artwork will be on exhibit in the gallery at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus as well as in a virtual gallery on the GSO website.

View the Submissions Gallery


An in-person awards announcement event for the student artists and their families is scheduled for April 13 at 10 a.m. Three winners (first, second and third place) from each of four different K-12 divisions will receive prizes to further support their artistic development and oceanographic interest. These 12 award-winning original pieces of artwork will be framed and showcased on the URI Narragansett Bay Campus for a year after the April showing concludes.

Gallery Information

The URI Providence Campus Gallery is located at 80 Washington Street, 1st and 2nd floor lobby gallery.

Tour Hours: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m and on Gallery Night April 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. Closed weekends and holidays.
For gallery information call 401-277-5206 or uri.artsandculture@gmail.com or visit uri.edu/ceps/prov/arts.


Raphael Diaz ’06, a URI alumnus and Providence-based artist and public school teacher.
Bob Dilworth, a Providence-based artist and retired professor and chair of the URI Department of Art and Art History.
Mary Parlange, a writer, editor, translator and media consultant for more than 25 years.

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. 


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 
  • Digital (digital display is not supported so submission needs to be printed) 

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 

Questions? Email agingras@uri.edu