The Shell National Students Art Competition is an annual undertaking by Pilipina Shell Petroleum Corporation in support of the country's visual arts. On a nationwide scope, the competition is focused primarily on encouraging creativity among students.
Started in 1951, the competition was temporarily stopped in 1971 as Shell in the Philippines focused its corporate attention to socio-civic programs. During the interim period until the competition's revival in 1989, Pilipinas Shell Foundation, Inc. was mobilized to address training for the youth in employable skills, both in the urban and rural areas.
When the Shell art competition resumed in 1989, many of its past winners had matured and were recognized as part of the country's elite circle of visual artists.
National Artist Napoleon Abueva, addressing the 1998 winners, opined that "a winner of the NSAC is also likely to win their current competitions... since the Shell contest is, by far, the most rigorous in its standards."
Through the years, the Shell art competition continues with its commitment to spawn young artistic talents into becoming tomorrow's leading visual artists.