2023 Air Force Art Contest

The 2023 Department of the Air Force Art Contest opens on 1 Mar and runs through April 30.

This year’s contest for the first time includes two-dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. The submission window is extended to allow artists time to submit in their age category. Any authorized patron of DAF facilities beginning at age six can participate.

With 3D art, the contest is expanded to items such as hand-made sculptures, basket weaving, jewelry, pottery, and quilting, as long as it’s three-dimensional.

For 2D art, artists can create submissions in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, gouache, egg tempera, pen and ink, charcoal, colored pencil, scratchboard, markers, and metal point. Digital art isn’t included in the contest.

After the competition closes, a panel of judges will look for impact, creativity, and technical expertise when deciding the winners in each category: Adult novice and adult accomplished for those 18 and older at the time of entry.The adult novice category is for new or inexperienced artists while accomplished is for those with knowledge based on education, training, and experience, or those who operate as professional artists. Youth categories, based on the artist’s age at the time of submission, are ages 6-8, pre-teens age 9-12, and teens ages 13-17.

AFSVC will announce the top three winners in each category this summer.

See below for last years winners!