Spring 2022 Student Artworks: DoDEA

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted its tenth annual art competition for all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, world-wide. In total, the Museum received 631 student submissions for the contest from twenty-five schools located in Germany, Italy, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom 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 to see images of all the entries.

Grades K-5: You Are What You Eat

Gold: Lillian, Ramen, 5th Grade, Humphreys MS, USAG Humphreys, South Korea
Silver: Rell, Family Culture, 5th Grade, Robinson Barracks ES, USAG Stuttgart, Germany
Bronze: Naria, Untitled (Sushi), White ES, Fort Benning, Georgia
Honorable Mention: Khalil, Dinner With The Family, McBride ES, Fort Benning, Georgia

Grades K-5 Winners

Grades 6-8: (E) Motion

Gold: Caroux, She's Beautiful But She's Exhausted, 8th Grade, Wiesbaden MS, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany
Silver: Xochitl, Untitled, 8th Grade, Iwakuni MS, MCAS Iwakuni, Japan
Bronze: Isaiah, Love, 8th Grade, Netzaberg MS, USAG Bavaria, Germany
Honorable Mention: Cullen, The Vice, 7th grade, Wiesbaden MS, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany

Grades 6-8 Winners

Grades 9-12: Time Lapse

Gold: Gaida, Untitled (Rose), Ankara HS, Ankara, Turkey
Silver: Katerina, Death Follows Her Heels, Stuttgart HS, USAG Stuttgart, Germany
Bronze: Ayana, Growing Up, 12th Grade, EJ King HS, USAG Sasebo, Japan
Honorable Mention: Kaleb, Mountain View, Ankara HS, Ankara, Turkey

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: