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
Forth Place: $200.00
Honorable Mention: $50.00


Judging will be conducted by internationally recognized, professional artists and other competent individuals in the art professions and academics including: 

Terry jones

A modern day “Mad Man,” Terry Jones is an award-winning Creative Director, Creative Conceptualist, Writer and Educator with schooling from the prestigious Academy of Art University in San Francisco and a Master’s from The School of Hard-knocks USA. As a Vice President/Creative Director at Carol H. Williams Advertising in the SF Bay Area, he has been either the mind or hand behind several award winning and business moving ads and campaigns in the Bay Area for almost a decade. 

Terry has created this body of work for such high profile clients as GMC (which included Chevy, GMC Trucks, Buick and Cadillac), Coors Light Beer, Nissan Motors, Bank Of America, P&G, Pacific Bell, Well Fargo Bank, Hewlett Packard, and the Walt Disney Corporation.


Over the last 45 years Jane Kiskaddon has made her living by creating and offering her water colors, etchings, oil pastels, and then, later, her acrylic landscapes. “The challenge all along has been to keep artistic integrity in an increasingly commercial world of thousands of mind-numbing images bombarding all of us every day”.

Jane knows the creative struggle artists face and it’s that point of view that she brings to the American Icon jury. Jane has studied extensively at the San Francisco Art Institute and has traveled broadly in Thailand, Egypt, Vietnam, India, Australia, Mexico and Peru; all of which has informed her art. “Traveling has been my best teacher”, Jane, a self-taught artists states. “In my early 20’s I decided that I'd have much more artistic freedom if I stayed away from galleries”.   "I have chosen to have direct interaction with collectors by selling my work at art shows and festivals. It's been both satisfying and enlightening to meet every single person who has bought my work.  I have a map of the world in my studio covered with pins where my pieces are hanging”.                                                                                          

Jane currently lives and works in Marin County and exhibits widely throughout the Bay Area.

nicki marx

Nicki D. Marx is a self-taught artist who has had over 40 one-person and museum exhibitions. Her work is in many important museum, private and public collections. Nicki is honored in Who's Who in the West, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Art, Who's Who of American Women and the World Who's Who of Women, as well as being included in many books and publications.

Nicki works exclusively with natural materials and states "My work is a personal celebration of life and an exploration of natural materials.”


William Vanscoy was born in San Mateo California In 1946. He attended and graduated from Brooks Institute School of Photography (1976-1979), graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

William worked as a professional commercial product photographer in Los Angeles from 1979 to 2004. While working in Los Angeles as a commercial photographer, William stayed connected to his own fine art, taking time to photograph the American Southwest and Europe. He has displayed and promoted his fine art images since 1996.

In 2002 he made his final commercial image and moved to the Southern Coast of Oregon.

William states, “In an attempt to capture the transitory beauty of life and nature, my work merges the traditional and digital photographic landscape. My goal is to create a serene self-expressive image that reflects the wonder and peace found in my experiences in life. I believe it’s not what’s seen but what’s expressed that makes photographic art”.

Williams’s photographs are made using digital capture and extensive digital post-production sometimes combining multiple photographs to create one realistic image. He is an award-winning artist who has exhibited numerous times at the Sausalito Art Festival.


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.