U.S. Air Force Reveals 2024 Art Contest Victors

The Air Force Services Center announced the winners of the 2024 Air Force Art Contest recently.

This year's judges had the task of evaluating more than 1,500 entries in two adult and three youth categories to determine the best in the Department of the Air Force with impact, creativity and technical expertise.

"We're extremely excited this year because of the number of entries, over 200 more than last year, and the 3D competition has gone exceptionally well," said Naybu Fullman, Air Force Services Center art contest program manager.

Lian Kitts, a member of the AFSVC Air Force Nonappropriated Funds Procurement office, was one of this year's judges. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Fashion and Accessories Design with a minor in Art History from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has been an artist her entire life.

While combing through this year's entries, she was impressed with what she saw, especially considering the wide range of abilities and ages.

"Some of the pieces were so lifelike they almost looked like photographs," she said, "and others were raw and invoked emotion. It was inspiring to see so many active-duty Airmen and Guardians with so much talent!"

She was also happy to see the skill levels of young artists.

"The younger artist entries displayed their interest in art and self-expression at such a young age which is so important," Kitts said. "The wide range in mediums was surprising, especially the number of mixed media and 3D pieces submitted for this year's consideration. I was excited to see pottery, leather and metal work along with unconventional media sculptures in the submissions - unexpected."

Community programs, like the art contest, are an important part of building and supporting the resiliency of Airmen, Guardians and their families.

The annual contest allows military and civilian members, and their families to express themselves creatively which can be an outlet for many of them, Fullman said.

"Whether in remote and isolated locations, or in densely populated areas, programs like this strengthen the resiliency of our members, and foster a camaraderie amongst like-minded artists. It also provides such a valuable incentive for installations who can showcase the talent within their communities," he said.

"We look forward to continuing to add value to the experience of our huge military family through this contest and our 2024 Air Force Photo Contest that kicks off in the fall," Fullman said.

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