Winners Announced for the 2018-19 Contest! The ten finalist’s pieces can be viewed on the winner’s page. Thanks to all judges, parents, and the young artists who participated in this event!

2019-20 St. Kosmas Annual Art Contest for Orthodox Children


Art Submissions due:  March 31, 2020

Eligibility:  Contestant must be an Orthodox Christian (baptized Orthodox or officially enrolled as a catechumen in the Orthodox Church) and must be born in the year 2000 or later. There are no eligibility restrictions based on Orthodox jurisdiction, type of schooling, or country of residence.

Prize for Winning Artwork: $100 for the child, plus an additional $500 credit towards the family's registration & lodging costs at a future WEST Conference sponsored by the St. Kosmas Homeschool Association.

Theme for 2019-20 Fine Art Contest:  Timeless Orthodoxy in the 21st Century

  • Students’ artwork must be original. Computer-generated images and traced images will not be judged. It is critical that submitted artwork not be overly derivative of images found on the Internet, in print media, or elsewhere.

  • Media: We accept 2-D artwork done in crayon, ink, acrylics, oil paint, pastels, water color, colored pencils, scratchboard, color marker, chalk, pastels, charcoal, or paper collage.

  • Artist Identification: The child should NOT sign the piece of art work. There should be no writing (letters or numbers) on the artwork unless the letters or numbers are part of the image being represented (example: letters on a street sign, numbers or letter on a building, letters on an icon within the scene).

  • No iconography submissions will be accepted. This contest is to encourage creative development activities within Orthodox education settings, and iconography is not a forum for creative development. No traced images and no iconography will be accepted for judging. However, it is perfectly acceptable to submit a piece of work that contains icons within the composition. (example: a picture of someone venerating an icon is an acceptable submission; a picture of the interior of a church filled with icons is an acceptable submission; a picture of a procession with icons being carried is an acceptable submission; but an iconographic image on its own will not be accepted for judging.)