PRIZES & judges: 2017 american icon art Competition  

Entry Deadline: July 31, 2017

Exhibition of the Top 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
Student Award: $350.00


Judging will be conducted by internationally recognized, professional artists and other competent individuals in the art professions and academics. Check back as we build our panel of judges. 

Below are the judges for the 2016 American Icon Art Competition:


SRIMONGKOL DARAWALI has been a valued exhibitor at the Sausalito Art Festival for 15 years. Mr. Darawali earned his MFA and BFA in Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and was a Teaching Assistant and Advisor for Graduate Directed Study, Computer Art at the Academy of Art College.

Jack has exhibited widely with a partial list below of recent exhibitions:
Gallery Exhibition, Group Exhibition; Shanghai Art Fair; Chantilly Art Center, Shanghai; Century Academy Art Gallery, Shanghai; LA Artcore; SFMOMA Artists Gallery at Fort Mason Center for Art and Culture; Don Soker Contemporary Art; Gallery on the Rim; Davis Art Center and the VW Gallery.


After 30 years in advertising, Mr. Engel has worked in the US and abroad on brands including American Express, Qantas, Nike, ESPN, Subaru, Sun Microsystems, Miller Brewing Co, Sega, Virgin Mobile, MTV, Comedy Central, and Doc. Martens, to name a few.

Throughout his career, he has won almost every major advertising award with a few minor ones thrown in as well. For example, the work done for ESPN’s NCAA Basketball “Goulet” campaign received two Television Emmy’s and Sportcenter was recognized as “Campaign of the Decade” by AdWeek magazine. 

Mr. Engel was creative director at Wieden + Kennedy for 9 years, followed by the role of Co-President and Executive Creative Director of Leagas-Delaney, San Francisco 

Most recently, Mr. Engel held the title of Director of the School of Advertising at the Academy of Art University, where he started a student-staffed agency called Young & Hungry. The agency currently specializes in Social Media campaigns for a range of clients including the city of San Francisco, BMW 360i, Ubisoft and Shocase.


D. J. Hall had her first Los Angeles exhibition in 1975.   Since then, her work has been exhibited throughout the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Solo museum exhibitions include:  CA Heritage Museum (2012-13); Palm Springs Art Museum (2008);  Barnsdall Park Municipal Art Gallery (1986).  Solo Los Angeles exhibitions at Koplin Del Rio:  2011; 2008; 2005; 2002; 1996.  Solo New York exhibitions at O.K. Harris:  1998; 1991; 1988; 1986; 1982.  Her work has been included in more than 80 museum and gallery (solo & group) exhibitions. It has been featured in numerous publications, television and radio broadcasts.  She has also worked on extramural projects for feature film (Spanglish), theatre (Ahmanson), and LAX.   She is represented in by Craig Krull Gallery.

Her papers are archived in the Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

On the surface, her paintings portray “happy”, smiling women.  Yet the emotional underpinnings are of grief and sense of loss. The intense light and bright color depict Southern California lifestyle. D.J. Hall's paintings are inspired by the artist's visits to Palm Springs' pools and resorts and Los Angeles' posh Westside and beaches. Depictions of privileged, beautiful women grinning with self-satisfaction against the inevitable ravages of time became the basis of Hall's imagery. Employing a realist style of painting, the artist celebrates the color and quality of light in sunny environments.


Dennis Kohn is a professional photographer, teacher and image maker.

Dennis graduated with Honors from Pennsylvania State University in l969 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and continued his education through l971 with graduate studies in photography.  In the early 1980’s, Dennis would re-locate to the Bay area where he has been working for the past 30+ years.

Dennis currently sells his Photographic Art worldwide to individuals and corporations through art consultants, galleries, and prestigious art festivals throughout the western states, as well as his own studio/gallery in Santa Rosa, CA.

The Dimensional Overlay images that he produces are unique and have been featured in many trade magazines. He has been awarded by Professional Photographers of America, Travel and Leisure Magazine, as well as awards of recognition from Fine Art shows such as: La Quinta Arts Festival; Beverly Hills Affair in the Gardens; Cherry Creek Art Festival and the Sausalito Art Festival.


Muriel Maffre is currently the Executive Director at the Museum of Performance + Design in San Francisco.

Born in Enghien-les Bains, France, Muriel Maffre received her ballet training from the Paris Opéra Ballet School and Paris National Conservatory of Music from which she graduated with a Premier Prix with honors. Prior to joining San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 1990, Muriel danced with the Hamburg Ballet and Monte-Carlo Ballet. She retired from San Francisco Ballet with a Farewell Gala on May, 6 2007.  Since, Muriel has been working in dance education and public humanities with institutions such as the Richmond Art Center, LINES Ballet, Stanford University, the Oakland Museum of California and the Cantor Art Center. 

Her honors and awards include Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters (France, 2008), Visiting Fellow (Cornell University, 2008), Arts Honoree (French American School Soirée des Arts, 2008), Gold Medalist (Paris 1st International Ballet Competition, 2004), Isadora Duncan Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Individual Performance (1990, 2002). Muriel holds a B.A. in Performing Arts from St. Mary’s College of Moraga, California and an M.A. in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University, California. 


James Wojtowicz has worked as an Art Director across several disciplines including advertising, feature films, interactive web development, and magazine publishing. He has developed branding campaigns alongside California lifestyle brand specialist Mike Salisbury as well as major advertising agencies including Chiat Day, Foote Cone and Belding, Public Interest, and Ogilvy & Mather. His client list includes Levi's, Volkswagen, Rollerblade, Los Angeles Angels, Quicksilver, The Bill Gates Foundation, Twentieth Century Fox, and others. Jim has lectured on the creative process at the Smithsonian/Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design conference in NYC.

Jim is currently Director of Art Direction and Industry Development at Academy of Art University, School of Advertising.