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Previous Finalist and His Teacher

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 AKC Meet The Breeds in New York City on January 28 and 29, 2023 at the Javits Center, 429 11th Ave New York, NY 10001. In addition, winning art from each category will be displayed at AKC Museum of the Dog in New York City for the month of February 2023.

  • About AKC Meet the Breeds +

    From Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers and everything in between! AKC Meet the Breeds® has gone nationwide, 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 in the states of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut who are in grades K-College.

    When are entries due?

    Entries are accepted beginning on November 3, 2022. All entries must be submitted by January 6, 2023. Art will be submitted digitally through this link.

    Can I submit my artwork after January 6?

    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 New York City.”

    Example ideas: Dogs/puppies at the Empire State Building, the big apple, the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, 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 the “Dogs in New York City” 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 deemed finalists and will be displayed at AKC Meet The Breeds in New York City on January 28 and 29, 2023 at the Javits Center, 429 11th Ave New York, NY 10001.

    How will winners be chosen?

    One finalist from each grade level category will be eligible to be chosen as the winner. All attendees at AKC Meet the Breeds-New York City will be eligible to vote for their choice of winner. Voting will begin on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 10am and will end on Sunday, Jaunary 29, 2023 at 2:00pm. Winners will be announced on and in person on Sunday, January 29th at 3pm.

    What is the prize?

    All finalists and winners will have their art displayed at AKC Meet The Breeds in New York City on January 28 and 29, 2023 at the Javits Center, 429 11th Ave New York, NY 10001.

    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?

    On or about January 10, 2023, AKC will send an email to the parent/legal guardian of the finalists, 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

    If artwork is not received by January 25, 2023, AKC reserves the right to choose an alternate finalist.

    The name on the students’ artwork must be included

  • Official Rules and Entry Form +

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