2017 Competition theme: Forgotten America

The American Icon Art Competition is an opportunity to foster the personal expression of American imagery:

  • Using photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media, we seek submissions by both professional and amateur artists
  • World-recognized and long-established artists and creative professionals will judge all entries
  • Cash prizes of $3,000
  • Winners will be exhibited at the world famous Sausalito Art Festival over Labor Day Weekend
  • Deadline to enter is July 31, 2017

Each year, the Sausalito Art Festival, one of the most prestigious art festivals in America, asks people throughout the world to show us their vision of America. This year, we are pleased to announce the theme of the six annual American Icon Art Competition is “Forgotten America.”

Americans have many reasons to celebrate and we want to know what you celebrate and how you do so. Do you celebrate because of national or local holidays? Or, is it because of a cultural tradition or family occasion? Do you celebrate when your favorite team wins, or when you accomplish a personal goal? Based on your unique experiences, upbringing and beliefs, we want to see how and why you celebrate the things that are meaningful in your life.  Last year, artists from 26 states and seven countries entered the Competition. 

official Competition Submission form

Upload up to 3 pieces for the "Forgotten America" American Icon art competition.  All submissions must adhere to the contest theme/rules and be received by July 31, 2017.

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2017 competition PriZes

Entry Deadline: July 31, 2017

Exhibition of the Top 100 Finalists will be Labor Day Weekend 2017, during the annual Sausalito Art Festival, at a special gallery dedicated to the American Icon Art Competition. The Competition creates a global opportunity for amateurs and professionals alike to be part of one of the oldest, most prestigious and most anticipated open-air art events in the country—the Sausalito Art Festival.

2017 Competition winners will receive the following prizes and be featured at the Sausalito Art Festival:

  • First Place: $1,500.00
  • Second Place: $750.00
  • Third Place: $400.00
  • Fourth Place: $200.00
  • Three Honorable Mention awards of $50.00

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Contest Rules

  1. Competition is open to everyone, both professional and amateur artists alike. 
  2. Artists may submit photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and mixed media.
  3. Each submission must include name of its creator and a title. 
  4. Each entry must include a brief description of the image. 
  5. The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation and American Icon Art Competition shall have the right to display accepted work and reproduce accepted work for educational and promotional purposes in both printed and electronic form.
  6. The Sausalito Art Festival Foundation has the sole right to refuse any submission that is deemed inappropriate.
  7. Each artist warrants that he or she has obtained all necessary releases from models and other subjects features in the works of art and any additional releases required with respect to names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the submitted work of art and that the creation, display or distribution of the work of art will not violate any law.
  8. Each artist warrants that he or she alone created the submitted work of art or if there are collaborators, they are also named. Submissions of an entry to this competition implies acceptance of all above stated conditions. 
  9. Entries must be original works of art and not copies, derivatives or based in anyway on other copyrighted or published works of art. 
  10. We will accept appropriated images as long as the original creator is acknowledged and credited and your methodology is explained.