Results and Winners of the 38th Annual International Children's Art Exhibition Contest Released

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Every year the ICAE holds an art contest for children from across the planet to participate in. Over 80,000 children participated this year and 253 were chosen as winners. One of the exciting benefits of having a winning entry is having the students artwork travel in an international touring art exhibition.

Over 80,000 children and teenagers across the planet submitted their artwork to the Pentel sponsored 38th Annual ICAE exhibition and child art contest.

Representatives from the Foundation of Art Education in Japan, art professors, and art teachers from participating countries comprised the panel of distinguished judges.

The vivid imagination of a child is the recurring theme for the contest. The children's artwork is judged on originality, clear expression, and cultural expression in the work of art. Art is submitted in a variety of mediums including watercolor, charcoal, pastels, oil and acrylic paint, and colored pencil.

At the end of the contest several art exhibitions comprised of thousands of works of art created by children will be set to tour the countries of Japan, Ireland, The United Kingdom, Russia, Mexico, The United States, China, Venezuela, and Taiwan in a special art exhibit.

The panel of judges presiding over the event spent 4 months choosing this years 253 winners out of 80,000 plus entries.

Madeline Sexton, Max Gieg, Funi Olatilu, and Leri Oechsle stood out this year winning the ICAE's highest honor the "Special Gold Award."

Also standing out this year was the fine art instruction program, Mission: Renaissance. With their student's entries combining for a total of 15 awards, they won the distinction of being the school with the most winning contestants.

Ted Prescott, CEO of Mission Renaissance had this to say, "I am very proud of all our art students here at Mission: Renaissance ( I would like to thank Pentel for sponsoring the U.S. portion of the Annual Children's International Art Exhibition. I am sure our students will be delighted to see their art work displayed in such a prestigious fashion, you can view our students winning artwork at

The International Children's Art Exhibition was founded in Osaka Japan in 1970. Since that time the contest has received over 3 million original works of art from children in 33 countries.

You can visit to find out when the exhibit visits North America as well as to view the results of this year's 38th ICAE Award recipients.


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