Spring 2019 Student Artworks: DoDEA

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted its seventh annual art competition for all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, world-wide. In total, the Museum received 72 student submissions for the contest from nine international schools located in Belgium, Guam, Japan, Puerto Rico, South Korea and Turkey, and four domestic schools located in Georgia and North Carolina.

DoDEA students and teachers, along with Smithsonian American Art Museum staff, voted on the submissions to select the winners for the Elementary (Grades K-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), and High School (Grades 9-12) levels. SAAM is extremely impressed with the diverse range of mediums and techniques as well as students' creativities, skills, and their abilities to communicate unique and personal messages.

SAAM is proud to feature them 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.

Elementary School: Movement

Students were asked to contemplate movement. What is movement? How can you recreate or capture movements through art?

Gold: Julie, Slow Motion Musical Snail Ocarina (Watch Student Video), Stearley Heights Elementary School (Japan)
Silver: Emily, Grand Jete, Osan Elementary School (South Korea)
Bronze: Kanykei, Floating Bubbles, Ankara Elementary School (Turkey)
Honorable Mention: Grant, Leaf-Land, Diamond Elementary School (United States of America)

Middle School: Tradition/ Innovation

Students explored the meaning of traditions, familial, school or cultural and how they could stretch, twist, break or reorder these traditions in order to advance and innovate.

Gold: Jacqueline and Sophia, Quinceanera Dress, Faith Middle School (United States of America)
Silver: Kristin and Angeline, Modern Hanbok Doll in Recyclable, Humphreys Middle School (South Korea)
Bronze: Valeria, Immigration, Ramey Unit School (Puerto Rico)
Honorable Mention: Camden, The New Wave, Sollars Elementary School (Japan)

High School: Empowerment

Students responded to the theme of empowerment. What is empowerment? How does one become empowered? How does it feel to be empowered?

Gold: Sean, True Colors, Lejeune High School (United States of America)
Silver: Zuzanna, What is Beauty, SHAPE High School (Belgium)
Bronze: Abigail, Quantum Vision, SHAPE High School (Belgium)
Honorable Mention: Meaghan, Empowerment TM, Yokota High School (Japan)


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: