Visual Arts Competition 2024

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**This competition has ended! The next competition will be launched on President’s Day, 2025. **

All artwork will be displayed at the League’s booth during the 3 Forks River & Arts Festival in Pullman on Saturday, May 18th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


Congratulations to the winners of the LWV of Pullman and Whitman County’s Third Annual Visual Arts Competition. Thank you to the artists, their families, Whitman County Library, and Neill Public Library for supporting this program. Scroll down to see all about this year’s completion…

Click here for a slide presentation of all the “Why Voting Matters” Artwork

Here are the winning entries…


Artists’ Reception on April 20th at Neill Public Library where all the artists were recognized and the winning artists received their prizes…



Check out the artwork display our League members set out at Neill Public Library, April 3-20. A big shout-out to the library and staff for the space and the assistance. The panel of judges reviewed the artwork and the tallies are being counted.




Visual Arts Comeptition Committee: Carolyn Joswig-Jones (Chair), Lennis Boyer, Deb Olson, Kat Odell, Aly Welch, Sutton Mooney, Beeler Lile, Karyn Hardy, Kimberly Tompson, Stephanie MacCulloch, Crowe Gammons, Carol Ndambuki

Why Does Voting Matter?

Why Does Voting Matter?

Voting is the most basic act of citizenship. YOU are a future Voter! What MATTERS to you? Who has the right to VOTE? The right to vote didn’t come easy for everyone. Join us in exploring the history of voting rights, how the voting process works, and how every vote matters.


This Art Competition is for students in grades 3-12 to share their artistic talent in portraying why voting matters. This contest is designed to encourage understanding of and participation in government. LWV is a nonpartisan organization, and, as part of our civics education program this year, we want to celebrate our right to vote.


  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. Only one entry per student.
  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.
  9. Judges and Committee have the right to disqualify entries if rules are not followed.


$50 to spend at your local businesses and a copy of the LWVWA civics textbook, The State We’re In: Washington. Multiple winners will be awarded prizes within each grade grouping.

Art Competition Flyers and Entry Form:

Submit artwork and completed form by either method below:

Neill Public Library in Pullman or Whitman County Library in Colfax

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

Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2024

Winners will be notified on April 12th via email. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2:00 p.m. at Neill Public Library in Pullman. If you have any questions please email the Visual Arts Competition Committee

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 at olsonbones@aol.comto schedule a presentation.

Click here for the PowerPoint Presentation

Click here for a PDF of the PowerPoint Presentation

Click here for the Supplemental Material


The judges are appointed by the LWV of Pullman (Whitman County). The judges evaluate the submitted artwork using a Rubric scoring system with the following criteria.

Relevance to the theme: Development of theme through creativity. How well does artwork depict theme.

Visual effectiveness: Overall appearance. Evidence of planning and preparation.

Originality: Uniqueness of ideas.

Message: Clearly describes the artist’s intent.

Click here for the Panel of Judges for 2024

Past Competitions

2023 Visual Arts Competition

2022 Visual Arts Competition

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