2018 Army Arts & Crafts Contest


Guide for Participants

Authorized MWR patrons (see Army regulation, AR 215-1, chapter 7) are eligible to enter, with the exception of employees of the Army Arts & Crafts program, their family members and other individuals engaged in the development and implementation or direct execution of this promotion, to include the marketing staff and Army senior leadership, all who are ineligible to participate in this promotion.


1. Group I – Novice: Individuals whose art skills have not been gained in formal education

leading to college credit or a college degree.

2. Group II – Accomplished: Individuals who have gained skills and knowledge through

formal courses leading to credit in college or art schools, or received awards in

professional competitions.

NINE (9) CATEGORIES (within each Division):

1. Ceramics: artwork clay, pottery, or similar materials, often covered in decorative stains,

glazes, etc.

2. Digital Art: artistic work that uses digital technology as an essential part of the

creative/presentation process (Digitally altered photographs should be entered in

the Army Digital Photo Contest held in October/November.)

3. Drawings: artwork using drawing instruments such as graphite pencil, charcoal, colored

pencil, silverpoint, or other dry medium on a piece of paper

4. Fiber/Textile: any craft using fabric, yarn or other textile components as the main focus

5. Glass Art: artwork using non-crystalline solid material which may include vases,

sculpture, glass tile mosaics, ornaments, stained glass, fused glass, etc.

6. Metals and Jewelry: artwork predominantly created with metals to form sculptures,

figurines, kinetic works, metal jewelry, etc.

7. Mixed Media: artwork utilizing more than one medium and combines various

traditionally distinct art medias (i.e., work on canvas that combines paint, ink, and


8. Paintings: artistic work which uses the application of paint, pigment, color or other

medium (i.e., acrylic, oil, ink, gouache, fresco) to a surface using brushes, knives,

sponges, airbrush, etc.

9. Wood: artwork sculpted, crafted, constructed, or decorated with wood to create

furniture, carvings, marquetry, musical instruments, toys, etc.


Participants must complete the online profile and submit photos of the artwork between

midnight, CDT, June 25, 2018, and 11:59 p.m., CDT, Aug. 27, 2018, at the

contest website

Contact your local Garrison POC for garrison specific instructions and additional

information. For local Garrison information.


Participants may enter three artwork per category at the Garrison level.

Participants may submit up to three images of each piece of 3-Dimensional work

(usually front, back and side). For 2-dimensional artwork, one image is sufficient and

should be a straight-on view. Photograph paintings in natural light with no glare.

Images should show the art or craft work against a neutral background with no

extraneous material. Please do not leave prize ribbons from local contests attached to

the work when photographing.

All images of artwork should be sharp and in focus to include close-up details. Images

should be high resolution jpg files between 150KB and 2MB (maximum size allowed)

and high resolution suitable for printing at 300 dpi.

Required information about the artwork on the entry form includes: dimensions of

the art work, media used, short paragraph describing how the entry was

made/created, description about the work which would indicate complexity of

work (i.e., number of beads, number of stitches in cross stitch, type glaze, etc.) and

additional information of interest about the entry and/or individual. For example: All

sculptures of the three boys are about 8 inches in height made with paper, starch, water,

cardboard boxes, wires, and brush. I first started off with the wire structure and shaped

the position of each boy. I worked my way from top to bottom, starting with the head and

body. I then finished off the arms and legs. I made the glue by boiling water and adding

the starch. Once the glue was cool and the materials were laid out, I brushed a

generous amount of glue onto the paper and tore pieces off, applying it to the frame. As

I wrapped the paper around the wire, I smoothed out the paper, making sure no air or

bumps deformed the work. As I started to shape each boy part, it became easier to see

the final product. Once it gets to a certain point I used a specific colored Korean paper

to make the skin, hair, and clothes. The work took almost 3 months to complete.

All submissions must be the original artwork of the entrant, completed within 12 months from the start of the current contest year; artwork entered in previous Army Arts & Crafts contest years may not be resubmitted.

Artwork done as official duty, illustrations, training aids, or similar assignments are not eligible.

All artwork must have a unique title for identification; “Untitled” is not acceptable as an entry title and will be disqualified.

Participants should log in and view artwork entries to ensure images have uploaded properly; it is the participants’ responsibility to ensure the photo of the artwork is properly loaded.


After the close of the participants submission period, Garrison/Region POCs will judge and advance entries from their garrison to the higher

level competition using the web-based program at https://cloud.mwr.army.mil/apptrac.

At the higher level, three qualified experts will be selected to judge all entries advanced

by the Garrison/Region POC. Judges will be professionally involved in the arts field

(e.g., critics, curators, editors, educators, practitioners, etc.). The judges’ decisions on

all entries are final.


Higher level awards will be conferred as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention for each category and group of the contest (as listed on page 1 of this Guideline). Judges are not required to award all prizes in all categories of competition. Higher level monetary awards will be given to:

1st Place – $300

2nd Place – $200

3rd Place – $100

All prizes will be awarded to the name listed on the entry form.

All taxes and any other costs not specifically stated within these Official Rules are the
sole responsibility of a winner. A prize may not be transferred, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at IMCOM, Family and MWR’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if advertised prize is unavailable at the

time the prize is awarded. Sponsor reserves the right to modify or cancel this contest at

any time. All prizes will be awarded, providing there are a sufficient number of eligible

entries received. All claimed prizes will be awarded.

For more information visit: https://www.armymwr.com/programs-and-services/arts-and-crafts/2017-arts-crafts-contest/rules