GUERNESEY – The VFW Auxiliary announces the opening of a national art competition for students in Kindergarten to Grade 8 called Illustrating America.
The competition is overseen by the Youth Activities branch of the Auxiliary and is open to U.S. students enrolled in public schools, private schools, parish schools, or home study programs.
The goal of the competition is to support and reward students’ artistic skills and spark their interest in the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Competition for High School Students.
The Illustrating America contest is structured into three categories. The divisions are Kindergarten to Grade 2, Grades 3 to 5, and Grades 6 to 8.
Art submissions for the competition must be two-dimensional on paper or canvas. The submission must be at least eight inches by ten inches, but not more than 18 inches by 24 inches.
Certain materials, such as watercolor, oil, pen, pencil, ink, and pencil, may be used for submissions. Coloring sheets, digital art and photography are prohibited in the contest roles.
The deadline for student applications for the Illustrating America competition is March 31, 2022. Applications should be submitted to the local president of VFW Auxiliary Youth Activities.
Once the submissions at the local level are judged, the winners can be submitted to the chair of the department. The deadline for registration with the department is April 15, 2022.
After being judged at the department level, one winner from each grade division will be sent to the Auxiliary National Headquarters. The deadline for submission to the head office is May 5, 2022.
A first, second and third place winner will be chosen for each school group. Each of these winners will have their art exhibited at the VFW National Convention.
For more information, contact a local VFW Youth Auxiliary Chair or other member.