Spring 2023 Student Artworks: DoDEA

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted its eleventh annual art competition for all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, world-wide. In total, the Museum received 332 student submissions for the contest from 18 schools located in Belgium, Germany, Japan, Turkey, and the United States. 

Smithsonian American Art Museum staff voted on the submissions to select the semi-finalists for the Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12) levels. Winners and honorable mentions were selected through a student vote at the participating schools. 

The SAAM staff is extremely impressed with the diverse range of mediums and techniques used in the submissions as well as students’ creativity and skills, and their abilities to communicate unique and personal messages. 

SAAM is proud to feature the winning artworks on our website. Below are the images and names of the Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners from each age group, as well as Honorable Mentions. Please visit our Distance Learning Student Gallery on Flickr, linked below, to see images of all the entries. 

Grades K-5: Utopian Community

Gold: Aiden, Nearly Beautiful, 3rd Grade, Bob Hope ES, Okinawa, Japan 

Silver: Braxley, Inside of Utopia, 3rd Grade, E.A. White ES, Fort Moore, Georgia, USA 

Bronze: Claire, The World, 4th Grade, Robinson Barracks ES, Stuttgart, Germany 

Honorable Mention: Annie, Untitled, 1st grade, Vogelweh ES, Kaiserslautern, Germany 

Grades K-5 Winners

Grades 6-8: Utopian Earth

Gold: Avery, Hills of Flowers, 6th grade, Netzaberg MS, Grafenwöhr, Germany 

Silver: Julia, Untitled, 8th grade, Fort Knox MS, Fort Knox, Kentucky, USA 

Bronze: Mandy, Lake Evergreen, 7th grade, Faith MS, Fort Moore, Georgia, USA 

Honorable Mention: Charles, Bubble Utopia, 8th grade, Faith MS, Fort Moore, Georgia, USA 

Grades 6-8 Winners

Grades 9-12: Utopian Future

Gold: Gulshat, Future City, 10th grade, Ankara HS, Ankara, Turkey 

Silver: Abigail, Untitled (Collage), Brussels American School, Zaventem, Belgium 

Bronze: Jaia, Utopian Future Collage, 11th grade, Ankara HS, Ankara, Turkey 

Honorable Mention: Felix, Untitled (BLM), 10th grade, Ramey Unit School, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 

Grades 9-12 Winners


To see images of all entries for this year’s contest, as well as previous years’ winners, please visit our Flickr gallery by following the links below: