Friday, April 24, 2009

2009 American Gothic House Art Contest

Eldon—American Gothic House Center and Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon (GATE) join in sponsoring the fourth annual American Gothic House Art Contest during the 2009 American Gothic Days, June 12-14.

The art contest celebrates the American Gothic House used as the background in Grant Wood’s most famous painting American Gothic. Entries must include the American Gothic House in their work. The contest serves to promote greater awareness of the beauty of the little white board and batten house with its gothic window.

Submitted works will be returned. Minimum size is 8” x 10”—no maximum size. Contest is open to artists in the following five divisions:
  • Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
  • Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
  • Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade
  • Adult Amateur
  • Adult Professional
Prize money in the amount of $40 for 1st place and $20 for 2nd place will be awarded for each division, for a total of $300 in prize money—the same amount awarded to Grant Wood when he won third place for American Gothic at the art show at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Judging will take place Friday evening, with the exhibition planned for Saturday, June 13 from 11 am to 5 pm and Sunday, June 14 from 1 to 4 pm at the American Gothic House Center in Eldon, Iowa.

Official entry forms are due by May 15. Artwork must be delivered by June 1. For entry forms, complete rules and further information, contact Jessica Strom; 300 American Gothic St; Eldon, IA 52554; 641-652-3352;

GATE is a nonprofit community betterment organization and no entry fee will be sought from submissions or participants.
  • Who: Gothic Area Tourism of Eldon; American Gothic House Center
  • What: 2009 American Gothic House Art Contest
  • When: June 12-14 during the 2009 Eldon American Gothic Days
  • Where: American Gothic House Center; 300 American Gothic St; Eldon, IA 52554
  • Contact: Jessica Strom, 641-652-3352,

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