The Youth Art Month (YAM) Flag contest is both a state and national contest while the graphic contest is a statewide contest. At the state level, an overall winner is chosen from grades k-12 for the flag and the graphic contest. Their artwork is made into a flag or posters to represent Ohio. The YAM flag goes onto be displayed at the National art Education conference. The graphic design is used to promote and celebrate Youth Art Month in Ohio.
The winning students are honored in Columbus on a special day in March at a wonderful ceremony, that also includes the Youth Art Month Art Exhibition (YAM) and Young Peoples’ Art Exhibition (YPAE) on the same day.
The students can also win at their grade level group. The groups are grades k-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. There is a 1st, 2nd, and third place winner in each group and two honorable mentions awarded. See contest rules on form. These students are also honored on that special day in March. It’s a great time to celebrate your student’s accomplishments.
Thank you to the many OAEA teachers and their students who participated in the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag and Graphic Design Competition. This year’s national theme is “Take a Journey Through Art”. The overall winner for Ohio’s YAM Graphic Design is Carson Summers (8th grade) of McDowell Exchange School, art teacher Robyn Helsel (Central Region). Carson’s design was made into a postcard which will be used to promote art education throughout Ohio. The overall winner for Ohio’s YAM Flag Design is Nevaeh Cox (10th grade) of Lancaster HS, art teacher Shannon Fish (SE region). Nevaeh’s design was transformed into a 3’ X 5’ flag that would have represented Ohio at the National Art Education Association conference; however, the conference was cancelled this year. Nevaeh received a 3’ X 5’ flag of her design for her school and her art was also made into a postcard. All Ohio YAM Flag and Graphic design winners received an official certificate from the Office of Governor Mike DeWine, stamped with a gold seal. Congratulations to these young designers.