Every year, Illinois students, grades K-12, are invited to participate in an annual Art Contest sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum and the Illinois State Board of Education. This exciting collaboration creates more visibility for young Illinois artists and showcases their talent while reinforcing the importance of the arts in the growth and development of all students.
We announce the contest theme in early fall and invite Illinois students across four entry levels (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) to participate. After entries are received in the Spring, a panel of seasoned judges evaluate artwork on creativity and general design before selecting the finalists and runners-up in each category. All winners and runners-up have their work displayed by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One student's work will be chosen by the judges as "Best in Show" and featured on a poster to celebrate the arts during Illinois Arts Education Week.
The Art Contest theme for 2021 was “Art Surrounds Us” Students were required to create a two-dimensional piece of art reflecting the theme. To see their artwork, visit the museum or watch the online slideshow.
Gallery of Winning Artwork
Beginning in 2019, the judging committee chose an overall winner for the contest. Their work is featured on the Illinois Art Education Week’s annual poster. From 2015-2018, the ALPLM hosted an independent art contest with winners in each age group category.
Check out our past winners