WHO CAN ENTER? 

ALL KIDS, AGES 17 AND UNDER, WHO ARE CURRENTLY RESIDING IN THE FAIRFIELD/SUISUN AREA ARE INVITED TO ENTER. ONLY ONE ENTRY PER CONTESTANT. THE ART SUBMISSION MUST BE THE ORIGINAL WORK OF THE CONTESTANT WHO SUBMITS IT. EACH ART ENTRY MUST BE SIGNED OR MARKED BY THE ARTIST AND THE SIGNATURE MUST BE VISIBLE IN THE IMAGE OF THE ORIGINAL ARTWORK WHICH IS SUBMITTED TO THE CONTEST

WHAT TYPES OF ART CAN BE SUBMITTED?

 KIDS MAY USE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEDIUMS TO CREATE THEIR ORIGINAL ARTWORK; GRAPHITE PENCIL, COLORED PENCIL, CHALK, CRAYON, PASTEL, PEN, INK, WATERCOLOR PAINT, TEMPURA PAINT, ACRYLIC PAINT, OIL PAINT, OR ANY MIXTURE OF THESE AS LONG AS THE ARTWORK IS TWO DIMENSIONAL AND THE ORIGINAL CREATION OF THE CHILD SUBMITTING IT TO THE CONTEST. 3 DIMENSIONAL ARTWORKS, SCULPTURES, PHOTOGRAPHY AND COMPUTER GENERATED ARTWORK WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ARTWORK ENTERED SHOULD BE NO SMALLER THAN 8 X 10 INCHES AND NO LARGER THAN 24 X 30 INCHES.

IS THERE A THEME?

NO. THE MEDIUM USED, SUBJECT MATTER, USE OR ABSENCE OF COLOR, AND STYLE OF THE ARTWORK SUBMITTED IS UP TO THE ARTIST. HOWEVER, ANY SUBMISSIONS WHICH INCLUDE IMAGERY THAT IS OFFENSIVE, VIOLENT, DISCRIMINATORY OR COPYRIGHTED WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

WHEN DOES THE CONTEST BEGIN AND END?

KIDS, WITH THEIR PARENT/GUARDIANS PERMISSION, CAN SUBMIT THEIR ARTWORK STARTING ON TUESDAY APRIL 7TH & THE FINAL DAY TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY WILL BE APRIL 30TH. ALL JUDGING WILL CONCLUDE BY MAY 9TH AND THE WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED AND ANNOUNCED ON THIS WEBSITE BY MAY 10TH. AFTER THE WINNERS ARE NOTIFIED, ANY PRIZES AND AWARDS EARNED WILL BE IMMEDIATELY MAILED TO THE ADDRESS THEY PROVIDED WITH THEIR ENTRY.

HOW DO I ENTER?

IN ORDER TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY HEALTH & SAFETY AND ADHERE TO THE "STAY AT HOME" ORDERS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES CURRENTLY IN EFFECT, ALL ART SUBMISSIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED DIGITALLY. CONTESTANTS CAN EITHER SCAN THEIR ORIGINAL ARTWORK WITH A SCANNER OR TAKE A HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTO OF THE ART THEY ARE SUBMITTING WITH A PHONE OR CAMERA. THE DIGITAL IMAGE CAN THEN BE UPLOADED AND ENTERED USING THE ONLINE ENTRY FORM LOCATED ON THIS WEBSITE, OR EMAILED DIRECTLY TO CONTEST@FSKIDSARTONLINE.COM. IMAGES SENT CAN BE UP TO 15 MBS IN SIZE BUT NO LARGER. ENTRIES NOT SENT THROUGH WEBSITE SUBMISSION FORM, WHICH INSTEAD ARE SUBMITTED DIRECTLY THROUGH EMAIL, MUST INCLUDE THE CONTESTANTS NAME, AGE, ADDRESS, AND A WAY TO CONTACT BY EITHER BY PHONE OR EMAIL. ALL IMAGES OF ARTWORK SUBMITTED BY CONTESTANTS MUST BE CRISP AND CLEAR IN ORDERED TO BE ACCEPTED. IMAGES WHICH ARE BLURRY AND HARD TO MAKE OUT WILL BE REJECTED AND THEREFORE NOT ENTERED IN THE CONTEST. KIDS, MAKE SURE TO GET A PARENT OR GUARDIAN TO HELP YOU!

H0W ARE THE ENTRIES ORGANIZED?

ENTRIES WILL BE ORGANIZED INTO ONE OF FOUR GROUPS BASED ON THE CONTESTANT'S AGE. THE FIRST AGE GROUP WILL INCLUDE ENTRIES FROM KIDS 7 AND UNDER. THE SECOND WILL INCLUDE ENTRIES FROM KIDS AGES 8-10, THE THIRD WILL CONTAIN THE ENTRIES OF KIDS AGES 11-13, AND THE FOURTH WILL BE FOR KIDS AGES 14 - 17. THE JUDGING FOR THE 1ST THROUGH 3RD PLACEMENT AWARDS WILL OCCUR ONLY BETWEEN ART SUBMITTED BY PEOPLE IN THE SAME AGE GROUP. JUDGING FOR THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD WILL ENCOMPASS ALL ENTRIES IN ALL AGE GROUPS AS WILL ANY HONORABLE MENTION RIBBONS AWARDED. NO CONTESTANT MAY RECEIVE TWO AWARDS FOR A SINGLE ENTRY.  

H0W WILL THE ART BE JUDGED?

ART ENTRIES WILL BE EVALUATED AND THE WINNERS CHOSEN BY A PANEL CONSISTING OF THREE JUDGES. EACH JUDGE ON THE PANEL IS A LOCAL ARTIST AND IS AFFILIATED WITH VARIOUS ART GROUPS AND ASSOCIATIONS LOCATED IN THE FAIRFIELD/SUISUN COMMUNITY AND THE SURROUNDING AREAS.

  1. DENNIS ARIZA - PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER/ARTIST & CURRENT FSVAA PRESIDENT 

  2. CHEROL FLEMING OKRASSA - PROFESSIONAL ARTIST, FSVAA BOARD MEMBER  & OWNER OF EYEWALKERSTUDIOS.COM   

  3. KELLY PIDGEON JAMES - CONTEST CREATOR, PROFESSIONAL ARTIST/PHOTOGRAPHER, FSVAA MEMBER, & OWNER OF EPITOMEIMAGERY.COM

BECAUSE THIS IS A KIDS ART COMPETITION, THE TECHNICAL ABILITY OF THE ARTIST WILL NOT BE THE PRIMARY FOCUS OF THE JUDGING. INSTEAD, JUDGING WILL FOCUS ON CREATIVITY,  ORIGINALITY, CONTENT AND COMPOSITION,  SUBJECT MATTER DEPICTED AND THE OVERALL VISUAL AESTHETIC AND APPEAL OF THE ARTWORK.  TEN FINALISTS WILL BE SELECTED FROM EACH AGE GROUP/ TOTALING FORTY FINALISTS OVERALL. THE BEST OF SHOW AWARD WILL BE GIVEN TO ONE OF THESE TOP FORTY FINALISTS. FROM THE TOP TEN FINALISTS IN EACH AGE GROUP THE JUDGES WILL DETERMINE THE 1ST,2ND,AND 3RD PLACE WINNERS.

ADDITONAL AWARDS WHICH MAY BE AWARDED INCLUDE HONORABLE MENTION, AWARDS OF MERIT, AND SPECIAL AWARDS. THESE AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN TO CONTESTANTS WHOSE ART DID NOT PLACE  IN THE TOP THREE OF THEIR AGE DIVISION, BUT DEMONSTRATED ATTRIBUTES RENDERING THE ART DESERVING OF AWARD AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. THESE AWARDS ARE GIVEN AT THE JUDGES DISCRETION. HONORABLE MENTIONS WILL BE AWARDED TO CONTESTANTS WHOSE ENTRIES SHOWED A HIGH STANDARD OF CREATIVITY AND IMAGINATION. AWARDS OF MERIT WILL BE GIVEN TO CONTESTANTS WHOSE ARTWORK DEMONSTRATED ADVANCED TECHNICAL ABILITY AND ARTISTIC SKILL. LASTLY SPECIAL AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN TO CONTESTANTS WHOSE ARTWORK CLEARLY CONVEYED A SPECIFIC FEELING, VIEW, OR MESSAGE THROUGH IMAGERY.   

WHAT ARE THE PRIZES? HOW WILL THEY BE DISTRIBUTED?

THE JUDGES WILL SELECT 1ST, 2ND, AND 3RD PLACE WINNERS IN EACH AGE CATEGORY AND ONE SINGLE BEST OF SHOW WINNER FROM ALL ENTRIES. HONORABLE MENTION, AWARDS OF MERIT AND SPECIAL AWARD WINNERS WILL ALSO BE SELECTED AT THE JUDGES DISCRETION.

PRIZES FOR CONTEST PLACEMENT WILL BE AWARDED AS FOLLOWS;

  • BEST OF SHOW - WINNER WILL RECEIVE A VISA GIFT CARD IN THE AMOUNT OF $250.00, A BEST OF SHOW ROSETTE, A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD AND PLACEMENT, AND WILL HAVE THEIR ART FEATURED ON THIS WEBSITE AND BY FAIRFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION.

  • 1ST PLACE - WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A VISA GIFT CARD IN THE AMOUNT OF $150.00, A FIRST PLACE ROSETTE, A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD AND PLACEMENT, AND WILL HAVE THEIR ART FEATURED ON THIS WEBSITE AND BY FAIRFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION.

  • 2ND PLACE - WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A VISA GIFT CARD IN THE AMOUNT OF $75.00, A SECOND PLACE ROSETTE, A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD AND PLACEMENT, AND WILL HAVE THEIR ART FEATURED ON THIS WEBSITE AND BY FAIRFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION.

  • 3RD PLACE - WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A VISA GIFT CARD IN THE AMOUNT OF $25.00, A THIRD PLACE ROSETTE, A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD AND PLACEMENT, AND WILL HAVE THEIR ART FEATURED ON THIS WEBSITE AND BY FAIRFIELD PARKS AND RECREATION

  • HONORABLE MENTION, AWARDS OF MERIT AND SPECIAL AWARDS - WINNERS WILL RECEIVE A RIBBON, A CERTIFICATE OF AWARD, AND WILL HAVE THEIR ART FEATURED ON THIS WEBSITE.

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