National Arts Contests

National Arts Contests

Recognizing young artists for their accomplishments in visual, digital and performing arts

Annual contest inspires creativity and skill development in photography, visual arts and digital design

The National Arts Contest recognizes Club members for their accomplishments in visual, digital and performing arts through the following BGCA legacy arts programs:

  • National Fine Arts Exhibit - featuring categories in watercolor, pastels, oil and acrylic paint, printmaking, collage, mixed media, colored pencil, monochromatic and group project;
  • ImageMakers National Photography Program - featuring categories in portrait, nature and surroundings, fashion and design, culture and tradition, and editing and filter;
  • Digital Arts Festivals - featuring categories in music, app development, design and film

Competing within four age groups and 18 categories, participants in the National Arts Contest complete original works of art that are exhibited locally, regionally and nationally. The annual contest launches with National Arts Education week in September and closes at the end of May.

Artwork submitted in the National Arts Contest is judged by professional artists, with selected artwork recognized at local, regional and national levels. All regional winning artists receive a certificate of merit, and each national winner receives a personalized engraved plaque. All original visual artwork is professionally mounted and framed by BGCA, then displayed in our national headquarters art gallery for one year. All nationally winning artwork is also professionally scanned and reproduced on stretch canvases to become part of a traveling art exhibit at regional and national conferences throughout the year.

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