Ralph Waldo Emerson was quoted as saying “Every artist was at first an amateur.” No where is this statement proven more true than within the entries sent into our contest. Having the full range of grades from kindergarten to high school, we receive art that covers the spectrum from a student’s first exposure to art, to students who have developed their talents over several years. In addition, we also have the gifted artist. A few years ago I commented to a teacher my thoughts about a student’s entry and how spectacular it was. I was told that the piece was the first one the student had ever done. I was amazed. From beginning artists and to others who have developed art past the amateur stage, these stages occur at every grade. There are beginning artists in high school who are finding their medium and ability, and then we sometimes come across extremely talented students in the lower grades who can compete at any level.
We love this art contest. Judging each entry is like an unwrapped birthday present. You open a file that shows an image and you either get another tie that matches the ten you got last year, or the image is something distinct and new that inspires you. Good art makes the world a beautiful place. In viewing our books, we hope you find the art we selected to be published enjoyable and inspirational. Please accept this gift of viewing our Top Ten Winners and may the discovery of new art be a present to you.
Click the button below to view the Top Ten Winners for our Summer 2014 national art contest.