Visual Arts Competition

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**This competition has ended! The next competition will be launched on President’s Day, 2024. **

Congratulations to the winners of the LWV of Pullman and Whitman County’s Second Annual Visual Arts Competition. Thank you to the artists, their families, Whitman County Library, and Neill Public Library for supporting this program.

Click here for a slide presentation of all the eARTh Art Artwork

The final display of all 40 eARTh Art entries from our League’s 2023 Visual Arts Competition was held at the the Whitman County Library Art Gallery in Colfax, WA, November 1-17.



Our League’s Visual Arts Competition Program received a recognition in May from the LWVWA - 2023 Strengthening Democracy Award. image-center

All 40 pieces of eARTh Art were displayed at the 3 Forks River & Arts Festival in downtown Pullman on Saturday, May 20, 2023. image-center

The top two prizes in each grade group go to, starting at the top left, Lydia Park grade 11, Eshaan Syed grade 6, Anekah Mcbride grade 9, Winnie grade 6, Kaitlin grade 4, William grade 3, and Committee’s Choice Award goes to Saja Akasha, Grade 7. This photo collage has been accepted in the Inland 360 Share Your Snaps community photo album. Check it out here. The winners’ collage also made the Moscow-Pullman Daily Newspaper on May 16th. Check it out here. image-center


A great turn out on Earth Day to see all the artwork and to award the student artists. image-center

Click here for the Artists Reception recording on our YouTube Channel.

Moscow-Pullman Daily News article by Emily Pearce, Daily News staff writer, Apr 22, 2023; LWV opens civics dialogue through ‘eARTh Art.’ League of Women Voters of Pullman prompts civics conversation through art competition. Click here to view the article.

Judges reviewing and voting. Click here for the Panel of Judges for 2023


A sneek-peek of all 40 entires…



Visual Arts Comeptition Committee: Carolyn Joswig-Jones (Chair), Lennis Boyer, Deb Olson, Kat Odell, Aly Welch, Sutton Mooney, Beeler Lile, Karyn Hardy, Krista Gross, Tricia Grantham, Stephanie MacCulloch

eARTh Art

Civics and the natural world are connected: How does this affect your future?

We think of our government as being “of the people, by the people, for the people.” But government is also for the birds, bees, bears, and beavers. They can’t vote, but their homes, families, and futures depend on what governments do or don’t do. In fact, the whole web of life is affected by decisions our elected leaders and government agencies make. We govern all the land we walk on, the air we breathe every day, and every drop of water. Decisions our local, state, tribal, and federal governments make affect every forest, every mountain, and every lake and river.

(Referenced from: 2020 League of Women Voters of Washington Education Fund textbook, The State We’re In: Washington, Elementary Edition, page 138)


This Art Competition is for students in grades 3-12 to share their artistic talent in portraying how civics and the natural world are connected. This contest is designed to encourage understanding of and participation in government. The LWV is a nonpartisan organization, and as part of our civics education program, we want to celebrate civics in our natural world.


  1. Participant must be in grades 3 - 12.
  2. Participant must be a resident of Whitman County.
  3. Participant must fill out an entry form with a Parent/Legal Guardian signature.


  1. There will be three grade groupings: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12.
  2. Artwork must be an original piece, completed solely by the participant.
  3. Art materials allowed may include but not limited to crayons, colored pencils, markers, pen and ink, pastels, paints, charcoal, collage, photography, mixed media, digital media, clay, plaster, wood, stone, cloth, cardboard, etc. No videos or images in motion.
  4. 2-Dimensional artwork is not to exceed the size of 11 x 17 inches. 3-Dimensional artwork is not to exceed the size of 1 cubic foot.
  5. No names, including the artist, are to appear anywhere on the artwork.
  6. The entry form must be filled out completely and accompany the artwork.
  7. Judges appointed by the LWVP will evaluate artwork based on creative interpretation of theme.
  8. By signing the form to submit the artwork, you are granting the LWV of Pullman full rights to use artwork for website, social media, and educational purposes.


The best six submissions, top two in each grade grouping, will receive $50 to spend at local businesses and a copy of the LWVWA civics textbook The State We’re In: Washington. Winners will be notified on April 15th. An artists’ reception will be held on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, 2:00 p.m. at Neill Public Library in Pullman.

Art Competition Flyers and Entry Form:

Submit your artwork and completed form by any of the following methods:

Drop off:
Neill Public Library in Pullman or Whitman County Library in Colfax

Send a high-quality scan or photograph of artwork to:
(Original artwork may still be requested but emails by deadline will count.)

League of Women Voters of Pullman
P.O. Box 366 Pullman, WA 99163
ATTN: Art Contest

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2023

We have a small group of league volunteers who are prepared to give in-person presentations relating to our theme. This program is up to one hour long and is for students in classrooms and organizations in Whitman County. Below is a link to a PowerPoint and supplemental material for the program. Please contact Deb Olson ( to schedule a presentation.

Click here for the eARTh Art PowerPoint

Click here for the supplemental material


The judges are appointed by the LWV of Pullman (Whitman County). They have qualifications in three areas; having knowledge in Government, Art and Environment. The judges evaluate the submitted artwork based on creative interpretation of the theme. We will be using RANKED CHOICE VOTING to determine the winners.

Click here for the Panel of Judges for 2023

Past Competitions

2022 Visual Arts Competition

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