The Museum of North Texas History and the Kell House Museum are excited to announce an open call for Youth Artists! Students in grades Pre-K through 12th are encouraged to submit an original 2D artwork to be displayed as part of the upcoming joint exhibit Grow Wichita Falls at the Museum of North Texas History at 720 Indiana, Wichita Falls, TX. The exhibit will be on display from June 4th – July 23rd, 2021.


  • Students may create and submit an original 2D artwork on standard copy paper, card stock, or any other type of unlined paper. (Do NOT use lined & hole-punched paper.)
  • Art may include a variety of mediums, including but not limited to: pencil, paint, acrylic, crayon, marker, charcoal, etc. (Any charcoal or chalk MUST be properly sealed or will be disqualified).
  • Submissions must be entered by Friday, May 21st. They may be brought to the Kell House offices in the Carriage House (900 Bluff Street, Wichita Falls, TX), during business hours (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.) Please call or email us at (940) 723-2712 or if you need to make other arrangements for drop-off.
  • Student must attach the completed entry & disclaimer form.

The art entered will be displayed as part of the Grow Wichita Falls exhibit at the Museum of North Texas History, at 720 Indiana, from June 4th – July 23rd, 2021.

Art work must be picked up by the artist/parent/guardian no later than Friday, August 6th 2021, from the Kell House Museum offices in the Carriage House. As of August 7th, 2021, artwork will become property of the Museum of North Texas History/Kell House Museum.

Artist Prompt:

The Theme is Grow Your Garden!

Dimension of submission – 8.5” by 11” – divided as follows:

  • Planned/mapped garden – 8.5” by 8.5” & Legend – 8.5” by 2.5”
  • Use symbols, characters, doodles, shapes, or anything else to represent your “plants.”
  • Take your time, fill in the whole 8.5” by 8.5” garden plot, including the entire background.
  • What would you want to plant in your garden? What symbols can you use to make a map of it? Do you live on earth? Which plants would grow well together? How do they need to be arranged? What could you plant if you lived in another part of the universe or in the far future? Be as creative and abstract as you can. The sky is the limit!
  • For inspiration – check out these YouTube videos by landscape architect Eric Arneson – &
  • Create a Legend in the bottom 2.5 inches of your page. What do the symbols stand for?

Let your imagination run wild! Grow Wichita Falls is an exhibit celebrating all of the ways that Wichita Falls grew in the early 1900’s, how do you imagine growing something now or in the future?