Lake Erie Center

2016 Lake Erie Center Art Contest

Amateur artists of all ages and skill levels are invited to participate in the 2016 LEC Art Contest, themed: "The Nature of our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay!"

The winning pieces will be put on display in the Lake Erie Center lobby for visitors to enjoy for a period of 6 months. Winners will receive prizes, including $25 VISA gift cards for 1st place winners, and an invitation to an awards presentation! Participants may enter 2D or 3D art. 


Examples of 2D/3D art:
  • 2D
    • Pencil or ink drawing
    • Charcoal sketch
    • Paint
    • Stitchery
    • Collage  
  • 3D (no larger than 2ft. in any one direction)
    • Ceramics 
    • Woodworking
    • Sculpture
    • Glass work
    • Sewing crafts 
  • Please note that photography is not part of this contest -- our Photography Contest of the same theme runs annually with a fall entry deadline. 
Age Groups:
  • Junior Youth (6 and under)
  • Youth (7-12)
  • Teen (13-18)
  • Adult (19+)
  • Artists with special needs
Now two ways to enter (please chose only one method per entry):

Have fun creating your art around our contest theme, "The Nature of our Region: From Oak Openings to Maumee Bay"

Online Entry Form -Fill out all requested information and upload digital photo of your artwork in .jpg, .tif, or .png.

Or second entry option: 

  1. Take a digital photo of your artwork in .jpg, .tif, or .png format and send to:, along with the following information:
  • Name
  • Age and category entering
  • E-mail address (or parent or guardian e-mail)
  • Phone number
  • City/Town of residence 
  • Type of art you are submitting
  • Description of art or title, if any
  • Any additional information about your art that you wish to provide

Contact us if you have any questions -- or 419-530-8360 


Judge’s decisions will be final.  The contest winners will be informed via telephone or email, and awards presented at the Lake Erie Center.

Why enter the LEC art contest?

The Lake Erie Center receives numerous visitors throughout the year from conferences, workshops, meetings, evening talks, and Maumee Bay State Park. Your work will be viewed by a number of visitors from a variety of backgrounds, so it is good exposure for winning artists! We usually receive media coverage in the Oregon Press, the Toledo Blade and UT News, and winning entries are often featured in those publications in full color. The winners will receive prizes and an invitation to our awards reception! We welcome all artists and hope you will have a great time creating and submitting your art!

Last Updated: 4/5/16