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Who is eligible to submit artwork for the competition?

The competition is open to all students in Grades K through 12. There are three categories of competition: Grades K-3, Grades 4-8, and Grades 9-12. The contest is open to all students residing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and U.S. citizens attending schools overseas.

When is the competition open, and when does it close?

The competition opens on February 1, 2021 and closes at 11:59 PM ET on May 7, 2021.

What type of art can be submitted for the competition?

Submissions must be two-dimensional. There are no size restrictions of the original art, however there is a 10MB limit on submission file size. Acceptable mediums include paintings, drawings, collages, prints, mixed media, original photography, and computer-generated art. Each student may submit one entry. Each entry will include one digital image of the artwork and a statement of up to 500 characters about the inspiration of the artwork and how it represents the White House and its history. Submissions must depict individuals, objects, interior locations, architecture, design, artwork, and events related to the White House, its collection, and diverse history.

I am a teacher and I would like to submit student work. Is this possible?

Yes, there are two submission forms: “student submitting own work”, and “teacher submitting student work.” Please use the “teacher submitting student work” form and submit a separate form for each student. If you are submitting art for five or more students, please email artcomp@whha.org for alternate arrangements to streamline your submission process.

Are there prizes for the winning submissions?

Yes, each grade level category (K-3, 4-8, 9-12) will have first place, second place, and third place prize winners, receiving $1000, $500, and $250 prizes, respectively.

What is the judging criteria for the submissions? Who are the panel judges?

Submissions will be evaluated on four criteria: 1) Creativity and Originality 2) Presentation 3) Interpretation of Theme 4) Historical Relevancy. Each category is weighted equally. Learn more about the panel judges here.

If your question has not been answered above or you seek additional clarification, please email artcomp@whha.org with your inquiry.