Art Contest

Artwork Creation for the 2020 Contest

Illinois students, grades K-12, are invited to participate in the 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're excited to announce the theme for 2021:
Art Surrounds Us

The contest opens each fall and includes four entry levels: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. After entries are received in February, a panel of seasoned judges evaluate artwork on creativity and general design before selecting the finalists and runners-up in each category, as well as an overall winner. All winners and runners-up will 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.

Read the Announcement to learn how to enter the contest.

2020 Contest

The Art Contest theme for 2020 was “Leadership is an Art.” Students were required to create a two-dimensional piece of art reflecting the theme and representing the five areas of art (dance, media arts, music, theater, and visual arts). To see their artwork, visit the museum or watch the online slideshow.

Check out our 2020 winners

2020 Winners

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 

Past Winners


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