Bamberg Soldier wins Army arts, crafts contest with cigar box ukelele
September 5, 2013
BAMBERG, Germany (Sept. 5, 2013) -- Sgt. Kyle Hagemann of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg won third place in the Novice Wood division of the 2013 Army Arts and Crafts contest, for his piece titled "Kyle's Cigar Box Ukelele." Winners of the contest were recently announced by the Community Recreation program of the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, or FMWR.
The winners were chosen from among accomplished and novice artists who participate in FMWR programs on installations around the world.
First-place finishers were identified from Forts Hood, Campbell, Bragg, and Riley as well as Army garrisons at Vicenza, Italy; Heidelberg, Germany; Camp Casey, Korea; Camp Zama, Japan and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. The artists are Soldiers, military Family members, civilians, DoD Family members and retirees.
The winners received cash prizes in each of the accomplished and novice categories of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place.
Artists with skills in various media were able to showcase their best work in a variety of categories including ceramics, digital art, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, mixed media, paintings and wood.
The contest was open for submissions online from May 1 to June 30, 2013 and judging was completed in August. Army Arts and Crafts Contest judges were selected as qualified experts and are all professionally involved in the arts as critics, curators, editors, educators or practitioners.
The Army Arts and Crafts Contest is an annual, juried competition for artwork by beginner and experienced artists. Local Arts and Crafts managers host contests at garrisons and installations, help patrons prepare contest submission photos and forward photos for regional and Army-wide competition. Some regions host their own competitions and forward winning entries to the Army-wide competition.
Each artist was able to submit as many as three works per category to the contest at the Garrison level. Submissions had to be original works completed within the previous 12 months.