Lansing VFW Auxiliary announces Illustrating America Art Contest

VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 is announcing the VFW Auxiliary’s annual Illustrating America Art Contest. Local students in grades K-8 can share how they view the world through their drawings and paintings while competing for national awards.

Students must submit an original two-dimensional piece of artwork.  Coloring sheets, digital art and photography are not accepted.  The entry must have been completed during the current school year and the application must include a signature of a parent or guardian.

Students begin by competing at the local VFW Auxiliary level. The first-place winner from each Auxiliary advances to the Department of Iowa competition. The contest consists of three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8. The Department of Iowa first-place winner in each grade division will be forwarded to the VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters. There are awards for first, second and third place in each grade division.

All state winning entries are judged at National Headquarters in Kansas City, MO in July and will be displayed at the VFW Auxiliary National Convention scheduled to take place August 2023. Winners will be notified via the email address provided on the winners’ entry form.

The contest rewards the artistic abilities of elementary and middle/junior high school students. Local student entries must be submitted to VFW Auxiliary Gustave F. Kerndt #5981 by March 31, 2023. Interested youth, parents/guardians and teachers should email for more information. Visit for eligibility requirements, contest rules and an entry form.