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Calling all young artists! Unleash your creativity and let your imagination run wild in the AKC National Art Contest! Following the theme of Canine Connection, we are looking for artwork that portrays the friendship, loyalty, and understanding that exists between humans and canines.

  • View Winners +

    Winners will be announced on October 7th, 2024.

  • View Finalists +

    Finalists will be announced on October 7th, 2024.

  • Rules +
    • Artists must be between the ages of 5 and 18 at the time of entering
    • Theme: “Canine Connection
    • Canvas Size: 8.5″ x 11″ (must lie flat)
    • Medium: Drawing, painting, or mixed media
    • The art must be original
    • The art may not have been used to enter any other previous or current contests
    • Judging Criteria: creativity (40%), fit to the theme (30%), picture quality (30%)

  • Entry Information +
    • Age Categories: 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, and 16-18
    • Entry must be completed online via Jotform by parent or legal guardian 18 years or older

  • Prizes +
    • First-place winners will receive a $50 gift card
    • Finalists and first-place winners will have their artwork featured in an online exhibition
    • First-place winners will have their artwork displayed at the Museum of the Dog in NYC

Click here to view the entry form


If you have any questions please email