Spring 2021 Student Artworks: DoDEA

The Smithsonian American Art Museum hosted its ninth annual art competition for all students in Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools, world-wide. In total, the Museum received 229 student submissions for the contest from eleven schools located in Germany, Italy, Guam, South Korea, Japan 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 during a year of challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Elementary School: Up/Down

What makes something go up? Is it a jump? Is it thrown? Did it climb? What things are down? Could it be something dropped, or something that fell, or something that always sits on the ground?

Gold: Tiana, Up and Down Lines, Humphreys West Elementary School, USAG Humphreys, South Korea
Silver: Ava, Upside Down Worms, Robinson Barracks Elementary School, USAG Stuttgart, Germany
Bronze: Araliya, Fireworks, Humphreys West Elementary School, USAG Humphreys, South Korea
Honorable Mention: John, Wing Man, Robinson Barracks Elementary School, USAG Stuttgart, Germany, and Christine, Oh My Floating Hair, Osan Elementary School, Osan Air Base, South Korea

Middle School: Silence/Noise

How can an artwork be quiet or noisy, even if it has no sound? Close your eyes and think of a noise that you like. How could you depict that noise in an artwork

Gold: Danikah, Silent Comfort, Faith Middle School, Fort Benning, Georgia
Silver: Jenyann, TICK, Wiesbaden Middle School, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany
Bronze: Alex, Scared Silent, McCool Middle School, Navel Base Guam
Honorable Mention: Tuvia, Soft Harmony, Wiesbaden Middle School, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany

High School: Act/React

When have you "taken action?" What action did you take, and what motivated you to do so? What events or actions prompt a reaction?

Gold: Morgan, Prom Night, DoDEA Virtual High School
Silver: Victoria, Help Stop Suicide, Vincenza High School, Caserma Ederle, Italy
Bronze: Amelie, Sunshine on a Cloudy Day, DoDEA Virtual High School
Honorable Mention: Luke, Night Vs. Day, Vilseck High School, USAG Bavaria, Germany


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: