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 Best of Show Mural     Best of Show

Surrounded by Nature 

2018 Student Art and Essay Contest 

Now in its 33rd year, the theme for the 2018 Student Art and Essay Contest is “Surrounded by Nature”.  For the Contest, all Palm Desert schools, grades kindergarten through twelfth, were invited to participate in writing an essay, creating individual art, or a mural completed by an entire class.  An Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chamber to recognize the first place and special award winners. 

Schools with 100 percent participation also receive a cash award and the school’s name placed on the perpetual trophy that is displayed in the City’s main lobby.  Monies for the awards are donated by Palm Desert businesses.  Approximately 1,500 students participate in the contest each year.  Each school may bring three of the top essays, individual art, and murals from each grade level to City Hall to be judged by the Art in Public Places Commission.  The Exhibition’s 105 artworks and 77 essays will be displayed in the Palm Desert Community Gallery at City Hall through May 31.

The Palm Desert Community Gallery is located in Palm Desert City Hall, and is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.  For more information, please call 760-346-0611, ext. 664 or visit

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Artwork on the left:   Best of Show Mural by Ms. Grandmain's Class, Grade 5, Palm Desert Learning Tree

Artwork on the right:  Best of Show Individual Art by Tegan Nguyen, Grade 7, Palm Desert Charter Middle School