The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Auxiliary is proud to present the national winners of the 2022–2023 Illustrating America art contest – a patriotic art contest for elementary and middle/junior high school students. The contest consists of three grade divisions: K-2, 3-5 and 6-8, with national awards for first, second and third place in each grade division.

Grade Division K-2
First Place

Painting of soldier kneeling over grave with American flag in background

First Place

Department of Indiana

Nicholas F.

Age 7, 1st Grade

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 1282

New Castle, Indiana

Grade Division 3-5
First Place

Painting of a candle with an American flag design.

First Place

Department of Minnesota

Delia J.

Age 11, 5th Grade

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 1782

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Grade Division 6-8
First Place

Painting of man with prosthetic legs wearing a "God Bless America, United We Stand" t-shirt, leaning over a gravestone with the name, Kenneth Wade Bennett on it.

First Place

Department of Arizona

Ailis Z.

Age 11, 6th Grade

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 7968

Apache Junction, Arizona

Grade Division K-2
Second Place

Painting of soldier kneeling by grave with mountains and American flag in background.

Second Place

Department of Wisconsin

Carter W.

Age 6, 1st Grade

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 1038

 Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

Grade Division 3-5
Second Place

Painting of soldiers with American flag and helicopter in background, including the text, "We don't know them all...but we owe them all. Thank you to our brothers in arms. –American People"

Second Place

Department of Texas

Lila B.

5th Grade

Medium: Acrylic Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 8560

Sulphur Springs, Texas

Grade Division 6-8
Second Place

Painting of a soldier, hands holding a bunch of flowers, a Native American headdress, a lit candle, and a framed photo of a service member.

Second Place

Department of Montana

Adin H.

Age 15, 8th Grade

Medium: Paint

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 5652

Ronan, Montana

Grade Division K-2
Third Place

Colored pencil drawing of soldier kneeling by grave with American flag and blue sky with clouds and sun in background.

Third Place

Department of Minnesota

Avery K.

Age 8, 1st Grade

Medium: Colored Pencil

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 7902

Osakis, Minnesota

Grade Division 3-5
Third Place

Colored pencil drawing of various U.S. military vehicles and soldiers planting a flag, with the text, "Thank You Veterans."

Third Place

Department of Georgia

Cade W.

Age 10, 4th Grade

Medium: Colored Pencil

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 2667

Newnan, Georgia

Grade Division 6-8
Third Place

Charcoal drawing of folded American flag.

Third Place

Department of Indiana

Cali Ann F.

Age 13, 7th Grade

Medium: Charcoal

Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 1925

Seymour, Indiana