Children’s Art Contest

The Children’s Art Contest is an annual contest showcasing the amazing artistic talents of the youth in our community. Each year over 200 students register their artwork in the contest. Winners receive tickets to Festival events as well as other notable prizes.  First place in each division (elementary school and middle school) get to meet the Governor during the annual Governor’s Press Conference, as well as ride in the Azalea Festival Parade.  The winning artwork, as well as other honorable mentions, are put on display at the Community Arts Center during the Azalea Festival.

The 2014 Children’s Art Contest Applications are now available:

The application deadline has been extended to January 10, 2014.
For an Elementary School Application, click HERE  
For a Middle School Application, click HERE.

Learn about the 2013 Children’s Art Contest Winners Below!
Margaret Dill, a 5th grader, finds drawing, painting, and working with clay fun and relaxing. Margaret takes weekly art lessons to unwind and to learn new artistic techniques. It was in these art lessons that Margaret perfected her Azalea Festival Art Contest masterpiece over a two month period – a true labor of her love of all things art.  Her canvas painting of a Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belle stationed in a beautiful blooming garden was selected from 155 entries submitted from six public and private elementary schools.  When not drawing or painting, Margaret enjoys riding her horse Templeton.

Maddie Porter is a 7th grader, whose family is an Azalea Festival family through and through.  Each year, her family goes together on the Garden Tour and to the circus, and she says when she thinks of the Azalea Festival, she, too, thinks of the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles.  Thus, the inspiration for her award winning entry, a montage of her favorite Azalea Festival memories, creatively brought to paper in bright vivid colors which was selected from 131 entries from six public and private middle schools.  Maddie says her favorite subject in school is science, and she especially likes studying plants.   In her free time, she plays on her computer and participates in the Girl Scouts.  Her troop is well-known for selling Girl Scout cookies in crazy cookie costumes.

THANK YOU to all students who have participated in the Children’s Art Contest, and, most importantly, to all who encourage our children to get involved in their community and to explore the Arts!

2013 Children’s Art Contest Winners: Middle School

1st place   Maddie Porter, Cape Fear Academy, 7th grade

2nd place  Logan Francisco, Roland-Grise, 6th grade

3rd place   Sylvia Atwood, Cape Fear Acamdemy, 7th grade

Honorable Mention: Isabella Bailey, MCS Noble, 8th grade

2013 Children’s Art Contest Winners: Elementary School

1st Place   Margaret Dill, Cape Fear Academy, 5th grade

2nd Place  Eryn Shanks, Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, 5th grade


3rd Place   JC Robertson, Parsley, 5th grade

Honorable Mention: Lindsay West, Cape Fear Academy, 5th grade

Past Winners:

2013:   Margaret Dill, Cape Fear Academy
Maddie Porter, Cape Fear Academy
2012:   Cameron Holmes, Bellamy Elementary
2011:   Lemir Moore, Snipes Academy of Art and Design
2010:   Katie Girolami, Cape Fear Academy

Thank you to our Partners of the Children’s Art Contest:

Rita’s Italian Ice
Thalian Association Children’s Theater (TACT)
Hannah Block Historic USO/ Community Arts Center
All Ways Graphics
The Learning Express Toy Stores