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.


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.”


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.