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Do you love art, dogs and winning prizes? Then we have great news!

The American Kennel Club is hosting an art contest for students in grades K-12 as well as undergraduate college students. The top winner in each category will receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Artwork will be on display at the Meet The Breeds Event in Columbus, OH on October 15-16, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

  • About AKC Meet the Breeds +

    From Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers and everything in between! AKC Meet the Breeds® is going nationwide in 2022, giving dog lovers a unique opportunity to meet, play with, and learn about hundreds of dogs! All cities and dates are tentative and subject to change. Learn more about this exciting event here.

    AKC Meet the Breeds events will comply with all local and federal health and safety requirements in effect at the time of the event.

  • Frequently Asked Questions +

    Who can enter the contest?

    The AKC Meet The Breeds Art Contest is open to all legal residents of the state of Ohio who are in grades K-college.

    When are entries due?

    Entries are accepted beginning on August 1, 2022. All entries must be submitted by October 1, 2022 Art will be submitted digitally through this link.

    Can I submit my artwork after October 1?

    Unfortunately, no late entries will be accepted.

    What type of art will be accepted?

    Art must be created on an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper. The picture can be created using drawing, painting, mixed media, or digital art. The art must be an original picture (not copied from somewhere or someone else) and must be created by you. It cannot have been submitted to another contest or promotion.  It must be uploaded here. This will be your entry form.

    Is there a theme?

    Yes. The art should be based on the theme “Dogs in Ohio.”

    Example ideas: Dogs/puppies with: corn/farming, “First in Flight,” the Wright brothers, Buckeyes, etc. Be creative!

    Where do I send my art?

    Students will take a digital photograph of their artwork, fill out the form and upload it using this link.

    How will the art be judged?

    The entries will be split into four grade-level categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and College

    Entries will be judged on creativity (40%), fit to “Dogs in Ohio” theme (30%), and quality of the picture (30%).

    Each entry will be assigned a score based on the above criteria. The ten pictures from each grade level category with the highest scores will be finalists and will be displayed at the Meet The Breeds Event in Columbus, OH on October 15-16, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

    The top-scoring picture from each grade level category will be deemed the winner.

    What is the prize?

    All finalists and winners will have their art displayed at the Meet The Breeds Event in Columbus, OH on October 15-16, 2022 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High Street, Columbus, OH 43215.

    All finalists will receive a ribbon. All winners will receive a ribbon, pencil, and a $50 Amazon gift card.

    How will I find out if I am a finalist/winner?

    On or about October 3, 2022, AKC will send an email to the parent/legal guardian of the finalists and winners, notifying them. AKC will use the email address provided on the entry form. Each parent must acknowledge the message within 48 hours. The finalist’s artwork must then be mailed to:

    American Kennel Club

    Attn: Public Education Department

    8051 Arco Corporate Drive

    Suite 100

    Raleigh, NC 27617

    The name on the students’ artwork must be included

  • Official Rules and Entry Form +

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