TOMAH, Wis. (VA Medical Center Public Affairs Office) -- Artwork
created by veterans who are receiving care from the Department of
Veterans Affairs (VA) is now being accepted by the VA Medical Center
in Tomah for a national competition.
The art will be entered in the first phase of the National
Veterans Creative Arts program. Local artists will judge the entries.
Winning entries from the competition in Tomah will be forwarded
to the national competition to compete with entries submitted by
veterans from other VA facilities around the country.
First-place winners from the national competition will be
invited to attend the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.
The festival will be hosted this year by the Loma Linda VA
Medical Center in Riverside, Calif., Oct. 20-26.
The purpose of the National Veterans Creative Arts program is
to provide veterans with an opportunity to be acknowledged for their
artistic talents and skills, as well as to highlight the work done by
creative arts therapists in VA facilities nationwide.
The deadline for entering the competition in Tomah is 4 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 7. Entries should be delivered to the VA Medical
Center, Building 402, Room 1200.
To qualify to enter, the artist must be a veteran receiving
medical care through the Tomah VA Medical Center or one of the
VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC).
All art must have been created since March 1, 2007, except for
the entries in the Vietnam Experience. The medical center staff and
judges have the right to change an entry's category, as needed.
The VA Medical Center reserves the right to withhold entries
from public viewing.
There are four Special Art Categories in the competition:
Special Recognition, Vietnam Experience, Digital
Photography/Art, and Veterans Day Poster.
The Special Recognition is awarded based on the description of
the physical and/or mental health challenges the veteran overcame in
order to accomplish the creation of his/her art.
The Art Categories include: Acrylic Painting, Oil Painting,
Watercolor Sculpture, Monochromatic Drawing, Colored Drawing, Pastels,
Graphics, Pottery, Black And White Photography, Color Photography,
Fine Art Mixed Media, Glazed Ceramics, Painted or Stained Ceramics,
Pyrographics (Wood Burning), Wood Carving, Woodworking, Jewelry (No
Beads), Crocheting/Knitting, Mosaic, Paper Collage, Needlework, Fiber
Arts, Knotting, Leather Stamping, Leather Carving/Tooling,
and Metal work, Glass work, Bead work, Applied Arts Mixed
Kit categories include: Leather, Fabric Art, Latch Hook, Wood
Building, Needlework, Poster Art, Model Building (Plastic or Wood),
Paint by Number, String Art/Dream Catcher, Sun Catcher or Sand Art
For more information about the National Veterans Creative Arts
program and this competition, call Occupational Therapy at the Tomah
VA (608) 372-3971, Ext. 64262.