Color it UP Art Contest

The City of University Place is looking for talented young artists to help transform bland utility boxes into vibrant pieces of art.

Winning artwork will be displayed on various utility boxes around the city. The boxes come in two sizes, and artists are encouraged to submit art for both box sizes. Each box has four sides so be sure to include all sides. Art designs will be printed on vinyl and wrapped around the boxes.

This contest will give young artists an opportunity to showcase their artwork and share their talent with the community. Designs should reflect what in your community gives you a sense of pride or makes you smile. The contest runs from February 22 - April 14, 2023.

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Three Ways to Enter:

  1. Email entry to
  2. Mail two copies of your submission and one entry form to City of University Place, Public Works Operations, 4951 Grandview Dr W, University Place WA 98467 - Do Not Fold Artwork.
  3. Bring two copies of your submission and one entry form to City of University Place City Hall Reception Desk at 3609 Market Place W, Suite 200, University Place WA 98466.

Contest Guidelines


  • Submit your entry to City of U.P. by the deadline, Apr. 14, 2023.
  • Enter with a team or on your own.
  • Complete artwork using the templates provided below.
  • When mailing submissions, include an entry form with two copies of each submission.


  • Put your name anywhere on your submission.
  • Submit a work that has been published somewhere else.
  • Enter someone else’s work as your own.
  • Submit your original – instead copy or scan the work.

Remember: All entries become property of City of University Place and will not be returned. The contest is open to University Place students Grades 5-12 and is free to enter. Winning works will be installed along Cirque Drive W between Bridgeport and Grandview. Additionally, winners’ names and artwork may be featured in City media (website, newsletter, UPTV, etc.).

View the Color it UP entry form and templates.

Questions? Email: or call Debra Sage - 253.460.6493.