ACI Art of Concrete Competition

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Concrete is the material of choice for architects and engineers—mostly because it is moldable, strong, and cost-efficient. But concrete is also beautiful. The Art of Concrete Student Competition challenges students to explore the artistic nature of concrete and display its many varieties of form, function, and beauty.


Students with the first-, second-, and third-place entries will receive cash prizes and certificates of recognition, and will be recognized in Concrete International magazine and on ACI's website.


The Challenge

To produce a work of art that exemplifies the central theme—The Art of Concrete. Entries may be in the form of sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs, or scale models. Each entry must not exceed 48 inches in any dimension, and must be able to be readily displayed without significant support. A maximum weight of 150 lb will be enforced.


  1. Participants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.
  2. Only one entry per participant is permitted.
  3. Each entry must be completed by an individual student participant.
  4. Team entries are not permitted. Each participant must submit the Advance Registration Form by ...., to be eligible to participate.
  5. Each participant must sign and submit a Statement of Originality certifying that the work of art is his/her original work (part of the Advance Registration Form).


  1. Three judges will be appointed by the ACI Phoenix Convention Committee.
  2. Judges may include artists, architects, or engineers.
  3. The judges will review the Advance Registration entries and select the 20 most qualified works to participate in the convention competition.
  4. The judges will determine whether or not the rules have been followed by each participant and will judge the work of art for its merit, based on the following categories:

No. Category
1 Orginality 20
2 Difficulty 20
3 Theme Communication  20
 4  Technique  20
 5  Creativity  15
 6  Incorporation of Sustainability  5
   Total  100


  1. Each selected entry will be displayed in the exhibit area at the Phoenix Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. on ...., through 10:00 a.m. on ..... Included with the display will be a placard indicating an assigned number (for voting purposes), the student’s name, university, and a brief abstract submitted by the student.
  2. Each conference participant will be able to vote for their favorite work of art. Only one vote per conference attendee will be counted.
  3. Voting by conference participants closes on ...., at 10:00 a.m. Votes will be tallied and the percentage of the popular vote will be assessed for each entry.
  4. Each entry’s final score will equal the total judge points (maximum of 300) plus the percentage of the popular vote (maximum of 100). Winners will be the participants with the three highest final scores.
  5. Winners will be announced at the student luncheon on .....

Submitting the Entry and Supporting Materials

  1. Advance registration is required. The Advance Registration Form must be submitted by  ..., at 5:00 p.m. to be eligible for participation. This form includes an abstract for the work of art, available photos, sketches, or narrative describing the work, and a signed Statement of Originality.
  2. Students will be notified by ...., as to whether their work of art was selected for display and competition at the convention.
  3. The work of art accompanied by the Official Registration Form must be submitted in person by 9:00 a.m. on ...., at the Chapter Desk in the Phoenix Convention Center.

Compliance with Competition Rules

ACI reserves the right to perform detailed examination of entries for compliance with the competition rules. Due to the complexity of this task, examination may be done after the competition. If the examination shows that a participant did not adhere to the rules, he/she will be disqualified.