Sidewalk Art Contest


Sidewalk Art Contest to Promote Traffic Safety

The Ohio State University wants student artists to participate in the first ever sidewalk chalk art contest in conjunction with Share the Road. Please join us on Thursday, September 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Wexner Center of the Arts Plaza near 15th and High Street.  Up to $175 worth of prizes will be up for grabs but space is limited so please complete the online form to guarantee your spot.

Each contestant will be given a 2’ x 2’ area on the sidewalk to chalk their traffic safety related artwork. Event attendees will vote on their favorite art and the winner will receive a $100 gift card! The top five vote getters will then have their art shared on the @OhioStateAP Instagram account and whichever receives the most likes in 24 hours will win a $75 gift card.

Ohio State’s Share the Road campaign is an educational initiative to promote safe behaviors when traveling around campus. We all share the road and responsibility when walking, biking, scooting or driving.


No purchase necessary to enter.  The contest is open to currently enrolled students at The Ohio State University who are 18 years of age or older. Contestants must register by completing the online form and indicating they wish to enter the Sidewalk Art Contest to Promote Traffic Safety.  Entry is limited to the first 30 students who register. Registration will close 24 hours before the event but may be extended if more spots remain. Contestants must show their Buck I.D. and proof of age at the event to participate. The contest will begin on Thursday, September 9 at 5 p.m. EDT at the Wexner Center of the Arts Plaza.  Contestants should arrive at the event location no later than 4:45 p.m. EDT.  Each contestant will be given a 2’ x 2’ area on the sidewalk to chalk their traffic safety related artwork. All designs must be completed within one hour, by Thursday, September 9 at 6 p.m. EDT. Sidewalk chalk will be provided for each contestant.  Contestants may not use any materials other than what is provided by the university. Art must adhere to the Share the Road messaging listed below and may not contain any obscene, indecent, or otherwise illegal content.

Event attendees will vote on their favorite art by submitting a ballot at the event.  In-person voting will remain open until 7 p.m. EDT, one hour after the chalk drawing time has concluded. Event attendees will be permitted one vote each.  Voting results will be announced on the @OhioStateAP Instagram and the winner(s) will be contacted via email.  The contestant who receives the most votes will receive a $100 gift card. The top five ranked contestants will be notified by email, and have their art shared on the @OhioStateAP Instagram account.  Contestants give The Ohio State University permission to photograph their chalk art and post the photographs on Instagram.  Whichever contestant’s design receives the most likes on Instagram will win a $75 gift card. Instagram voting will open Thursday, September 9, 2021 once the top five contestants’ designs have been posted. Instagram voting will close on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 3 p.m. EST. An Instagram account is not required to participate.   Prizes will be distributed to the winner(s) by scheduled appointment.

Ohio State reserves the right to disqualify contestants if any of the contest rules are not followed, and reserves the right to cancel the contest at any time, with or without notice to the contestants or the public.  All contestants and winners agree that The Ohio State University may broadcast or publish their name, city of residence, photo, chalk artwork, video tape, film or any other likeness, including their voice, recorded or live, for any reason the university deems necessary without compensation. All contestants further agree to hold The Ohio State University harmless and without liability for such publication, broadcast or use.  All State, Local, Federal and or other taxes, duties, tariffs, title fees, licensing fees, or other fees for prizes awarded become the sole responsibility of the winner(s).  If required by law, The Ohio State University will file the necessary forms with the appropriate taxing authorities to report the value of the prize(s), including reporting the value on OSU employee’s W2 statements as income, if applicable.  Contestants agree that The Ohio State University shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages or injuries of any kind resulting from participation in the contest or any contest-related activity, and has not made any warranty, representation or guarantee express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to the prizes.


  • Event Winner: $100 gift card
  • Instagram Winner: $75 gift card

Choose a safety message!

  • Look up from your phone and eliminate distractions
  • Remove earbuds or lower volume to best hear traffic
  • Dress in bright colors when walking or biking
  • Obey traffic signs and signals
  • Stay out of construction zones
  • Use sidewalks and crosswalks when walking
  • Yield to pedestrians when driving