Maine is ME Student Art Challenge

Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

Artwork Official Rules and Guidelines

Grades K – 8th

First Lady Ann LePage is hosting the Maine is ME Student Artwork Challenge; open to all K-8th grade students in the state of Maine. Approximately 30 pieces of artwork will be selected and artists will be notified the week of November 12, 2012.

  • Selected artwork may be featured in a variety of First Lady projects including her upcoming "Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal, being created in partnership with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. The First Lady's keepsake Baby Journal will promote the importance of families sharing time reading, learning and enjoying a healthy lifestyle together. Upon completion, it will be offered - at no cost - to parents of newborns at Maine hospitals and birthing centers.
  • All artwork becomes the property of the Barbara Bush Foundation and First Lady LePage.


Artist must be a Maine student (grades K-8) during the 2012-2013 school year, and be a legal resident of Maine at the time of his/her application.

Entry Dates

Entries must be post-marked by October 30, 2012 and mailed to:

Blaine House – Maine is ME Art Challenge
c/o Paula Benoit
192 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330

* Participants are responsible for all shipping costs. Please include copy of signed parent/student consent form.

Entry Form

Student must provide all required information requested on the entry form (PDF) (entry form must be legible). The student and a parent or guardian are required to read and understand these rules in order to complete the entry form in its entirety. The entry form includes a release and certification that must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Art Prompt

Create a 2-dimensional artwork that represents what living in Maine means to you. The artwork may be inspired by a wide range of images from favorite places, outdoor activities, foods and state symbols to families having fun together.


  • Student artwork must be original, created by only the student. Artwork may not be drawn from any existing artwork (photograph, advertisement, etc.) not created by the student.
  • Students should consider the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design.
  • Student artwork should be two-dimensional, measure 9" X 12" and may be created using any medium including pencil, crayon, graphic, pastel, watercolor, oils, etc.

Each student is allowed to submit only one piece of artwork.

Labeling Requirements

Each entry must ATTACH LABEL TO BACKSIDE OF ARTWORK: student name, school, grade level and student city. A copy of the completed entry form must also be attached.

Transfer of Rights

Each applicant and his/her parent or guardian must agree to give all rights to the submitted artwork, including copyright, to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. This transfer of rights will allow the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, at a minimum, to reproduce, distribute, and display your artwork. The artist's submission will be duplicated in various media and may be used for a variety of First Lady projects including an illustration in First Lady LePage's upcoming Love.Read.Learn! ™ Maine Baby Journal. The foregoing means that when you submit your artwork to participate in this contest, your artwork will become the property of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy and will not be returned.


The student artists selected will receive a personal visit by First Lady Ann LePage to their school. All artists will receive autographed book signed by the First Lady, and an invitation to the Blaine House.

For more information contact - 850.562-5300.