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Art Contest: First Responders

Update: After postponing the contest last year, we've decided to go forward in 2021 with a fully online, virtual contest to maintain social distancing. Students will still create traditional artwork in the same three categories: drawing, painting, sculpture. Rather than physically bring every artwork piece to our location, students will scan or take a photograph of their entry and submit that photo online. Judges will use these photos for judging. The award ceremony will also be virtual via webinar. Winning artwork will be retained by ATR and we will make arrangements to accept artwork and deliver the prize money individually in accordance with social distancing.

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place

All Bitterroot Valley 9th-12th grade students are invited to participate in ATR's 'First Responders' Art Contest. Artwork should depict a first responder - a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, a natural disaster, the pandemic, or a terrorist attack. First responders include military, paramedics, EMTs, police officers, firefighters, and rescuers.


  1. Drawing and sketch (charcoal, pastel, pencil, etc.)
  2. Painting (acrylic, oil, watercolor, etc.)
  3. Sculpture (clay, stone, metal, ceramic, etc.)


The top four entries in each category will receive cash prizes as follows: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $150, and 4th $100. One entry will be awarded an additional $150 for ”Best of Show.” The schools with the most Top-3 winners will receive the following for their art program: 1st $500, 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $100. Total prizes awarded in this contest are $4,500!

Rules and Submissions

Submitted artwork must be original. Entries are judged on creativity, craftsmanship, composition, and interpretation of the theme. Each piece must include an artist's statement and the title of the work. Submit a digital photo or scan of your artwork to The image format must be JPG, PNG, or GIF with minimum dimensions of 1600 x 1200 pixels. Scans should be 150DPI. Landscape or portrait orientation acceptable. 10MB maximum file limit. Winning artwork will be retained by ATR.

Entry Deadline

Entries are due by May 14th, 2021. No late entries will be accepted.


Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony online via webinar on May 21st at 2pm. Contact Jenn Turner for more information.