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the sausalito art festival's American Icon Art Competition

Fostering the Personal Expression of American Imagery

The American Icon Art Competition was born in 2012 at the Sausalito Art Festival Communications Group meeting in Sausalito, California. Then, the natural union of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Festival's 60th anniversary, soon became evident. The Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic structures in the world, became the subject of the first American Icon Art Competition. 

Today, The American Icon Art Competition offers a global opportunity for amateurs and professionals alike to submit their best creations via a low carbon footprint. Furthermore, tens of thousands of interested, art-savvy patrons coming to the Sausalito Art Festival from around the world, will have the opportunity to view the submissions. Each year, the Festival creates a dedicated multimedia presentation to highlight the Competition.  Artwork from previous Competitions can be seen in our Galleries section.

The 2018 American Icon Art Competition theme is "Americans at Work".  There is $3000 in prize money and entry deadline is July 31, 2018. 

All proceeds from the Sausalito Art Festival and the American Icon Art Competition are used to promote the arts through scholarships, grants, education programs and public events that encourage, promote, and support the arts for the community.

The mission of the Sausalito Art Festival’s American Icon Art Competition is to foster through art, the personal expression of American imagery, from people of all artistic skill levels and background, and to do so in an innovative, creative and ecologically sustainable way.