Martwick: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum art contest open to students

CHICAGO – State Senator Robert Martwick (D-Chicago) is encouraging local students to submit entries in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum art contest for all students K-12. The contest, sponsored by the Illinois State Board of Education, invites school children to submit artwork for this year’s theme, “Art Surrounds Us.”

“I expect to see inspiring works from students of all ages show off their artistic abilities and highlight the importance of art in our lives,” Martwick said. “This year’s theme, ‘Art Surrounds Us,’ will showcase the beauty around us every day, which is especially important given the hardships we all have faced this past year.”

The contest includes four entry levels: grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. A panel of judges selects a winner and three runners-up in each entry level.

All winners and runners-up will have their work displayed at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. One student’s work will be chosen by the judges as “Best in Show” and will be featured on a poster to celebrate the arts during Illinois Arts Education Week, which takes place March 15-19 this year.

Past themes include “Leadership is an Art” and “Art Connects History.”

Student submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 12, 2021 to be considered. More information on the competition and how to submit artwork can be found on the ALPLM website.