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NEWS | Nov. 18, 2019

Air Force Art Contest offers chance to showcase creativity

By Victoria Ribeiro Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

The Air Force Services Center announced that the 2019 Air Force Art Contest is open for submissions through Nov. 30. There are various categories for adults and youth.

The contest, part of the Air Force’s arts and crafts program managed by AFSVC, is open to all authorized patrons of Air Force morale, welfare and recreation programs. 

“Creating art is a way for people to reduce stress and build resiliency,” said Darlene Johnson, AFSVC community and leisure branch chief.  “Our main inspiration for the contest is to build an avenue for our Airmen and families to express their artwork.”

The contest features five categories:

Adult (18 and up) -- Novice (Individuals who are new or inexperienced working in traditional art media) and Accomplished (Individuals who have higher levels of art skills obtained through experience, training or as a professional artist).

Youth -- Children ages 6-8, Pre-teens ages 9-12 and Teens ages 13-17

Accepted media are: oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, digital, gouache, egg tempera, and pen and ink. Drawing media such as graphite, charcoal, colored pencils, scratchboard, markers and metal point are also accepted.

Once the contest closes out, art experts will evaluate each entry based on impact, creativity and technical characteristics.  The top three artists in each category will be awarded prizes.

To learn more about this year’s art contest, visit