ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Army News Service, April 11, 2007) - The Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command's Arts and Crafts program is calling for entries for the 2007 Army Arts and Crafts Contest.

Installation-level entries are due May 25. Local deadlines may be earlier.

The Army Arts and Crafts Contest is an annual, juried competition of two- and three-dimensional artwork with separate categories for novice and accomplished artists and craftspeople. Their work is entered in categories for ceramics, drawings, fibers and textiles, glass, metals and jewelry, oil-base painting, water-base painting, wood, and mixed media, both two- and three-dimensional.

The accomplished division is for competitors who have gained skills and knowledge through formal courses leading to credit in college or art schools. Those whose skills have not been acquired in formal education leading to college credit or a degree can compete in the novice division.

First-, second- and third-place winners will be awarded cash prizes. Two honorable mentions will also be awarded for each category and group.

Photographed artwork must be clear and in focus because judges will evaluate the photos, not the actual artwork. Three-dimensional works should have at least three views to show front and back, with details describing the craftsmanship involved in creating the piece.

Authorized MWR patrons, with the exception of employees of the Army Arts and Crafts program, are eligible to enter. All submissions must be the entrant's original work and must be completed within 24 months of the beginning of the contest year.

Work submitted in previous contest years may not be resubmitted. Each eligible patron may enter up to five works per category at the installation level at arts and crafts facilities or the recreation office at installations with no arts and crafts facility. Installations will select up to five works per category through local contests or selection panels to forward to the Department of the Army level of the contest.

For more details, contact your local arts and crafts recreation facility or e-mail

(Ms. Margaret McKenzie writes for the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Public Affairs.)