SCAD undergraduate students, graduate students, alumni and high school students compete in their respective categories, judged by art and design professionals, for coveted cash prizes.


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Spirit award

Spirit squares must feature a bee and acorn imagery inspired by the university's history, global growth, international community and artistic culture.

SCAD Landmarks Award

SCAD Landmarks squares must incorporate SCAD architecture from Atlanta, Hong Kong, Lacoste or Savannah as a main design theme.

Best of Show


Graduate Student Award


SCAD student (individual)

Winner: $1,000
Runner-up: $800

SCAD students (group)

Winner: $1,000
Runner-up: $800

SCAD alumni

Winner: $1,000
Runner-up: $800

High school students

First place: $200 Ex Libris gift card
Second place: $100 Ex Libris gift card
Third place: $50 Ex Libris gift card

Contest rules

  • Each drawing must remain within the designated square area.
  • No spray fixatives may be used.
  • Use only the chalk distributed for the competition.
  • Only one box of chalk will be provided for each square.
  • Drawing on buildings, trees or any surfaces other than assigned squares is not permitted.
  • The primary design of a square must be created in chalk.
  • No materials may be used that emit offensive odors or cause potential annoyances to other artists or festival guests.
  • Three-dimensional elements may be incorporated into square designs. These must not exceed the square area, cannot exceed 2 feet in height and must be removed by the artist no later than 5 p.m.
  • The festival is a family event. Any artwork that contains nudity, profanity or other content deemed inappropriate by festival officials will be removed.
  • Only students who have registered for the competition will be eligible to receive prize money. Participants must be present to collect the awarded prize.
  • Judges or festival officials can disqualify artists for failure to adhere to any of the above guidelines.