Visual Arts Competition

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This Competition has ended!

Thank you to the artists and their families and the Whitman County and Neill Public Libraries for supporting this program.


A collage of the seven winning artworks showing what Democracy looks like to our youth artist.


Some of the artists who were able to come to Neill Public Library to collect their prizes and show their work.



The artists with their artwork.


A collage of pictures at Neill Public Library of artists talking about their work.



Coordinators: Carolyn Joswig-Jones, Lennis Boyer, Deb Olson

What does Democracy look like to you?

Democracy is the idea that people should have control over their government.
In a democracy, all power is held by the people.
In a democracy, people control the government by voting. 1


This Art Competition is open to students ages 8-18 to share their artistic talent in portraying what Democracy looks like to them. 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 democracy.


  1. Participants must be within the ages of 8-18 years.
  2. Participants must be a resident of Whitman County.
  3. Participants must fill out an entry form with a Parent/Legal Guardian signature.


  1. There will be three separate age groupings: 8-11, 12-14, 15-18 years old.
  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, or digital media (no video or images in motion please).
  4. The artwork is not to exceed the size of 11 x 17 inches.
  5. No names, including the artist, are to appear anywhere in 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 creativity.
  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 seven submissions will receive $50 in gift certificates to local businesses and a copy of the LWVWA civics textbook The State We’re In: Washington1. Winners by age group will be the top three in the age group of 8-11 and the top two in the each of the age groups 12-14 and 15-18. Winners will be announced on April 15th.

Art Competition 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, 2022


The following judges were asked by the LWV of Pullman (Whitman County) to evaluate the submitted artwork based on creativity to the theme of Democracy.

Cori Daniti, Rosalie Harms, Ann Saberi, and Barney Saneholtz

Click here to read more about our judges



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