18th Annual National Arts Program
Exhibition and Competition

March 1 – April 30, 2021

About the exhibit
The City of Santa Rosa Public Art Program, in conjunction with The National Arts Program®, is proud to present the 18th annual National Arts Program exhibit in Santa Rosa, this year, presented online. This program encourages artistic growth and provides local artists with a forum to showcase their artistic accomplishments.

The exhibition and competition is open to all Santa Rosa residents, City of Santa Rosa employees and their families, and features work by artists of all ages, and levels of experience. Cash prizes are awarded by age and classification. This year the exhibition consists of 199 works of art.

Navigating the online exhibit
Artists are grouped by classification (youth, teen, amateur, intermediate, professional). You may use the search bar to look for artists by name, and you will be directed to the page for the classification the artist has selected. Artists are featured in alphabetical order by first name, within their classification.

To view works by this year’s award recipients, or to read about our awards selection process, and this year’s jurors Anne Baumgartner and Rima Makaryan, scroll to the bottom of this page.

We hope you enjoy the show!   

Classification and medium
Artists are asked to self-select the classification which best describes their arts experience level. Artists then submit work in one of several medium categories, listed below. As the host for the National Arts Program exhibit and program, the City of Santa Rosa complies with the National Arts Program rules and regulations regarding classification and medium.

Classifications, selected by the Artist


  • Amateur – a person with little or no experience
  • Intermediate – a person with some experience, beginning art students, etc
  • Professional – a person with serious art training or employed in an art-related job

Youth / Teen

  • Youth 12 Years Old & Under
  • Teen 13-18

Medium categories as determined by the National Arts Program

  • Painting (Oils and Acrylics)
  • Works on Paper (watercolor, pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, marker, crayon, digital)
  • Photography (black-and-white, color)
  • Sculpture
  • Craft (ceramics, glasswork, jewelry, woodcarving, fiber)
  • Mixed Media (a work of visual art that combines more than one medium)

The National Arts Program® was established in 1982 to identify, showcase, and reward the visual artistic talent in America. The City of Santa Rosa is currently one of over 90 venues in 30+ states. The concept of The National Arts Program® is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to present their visual art talents, of any level, in a public exhibition, free to the artists and public.

To learn more about The National Arts Program, visit www.nationalartsprogram.org
For more information about the City of Santa Rosa’s art programs, visit www.srcity.org/arts

2021 Award Recipients: 

Selection Process

Each year new judges are invited to participate in the program with the task of awarding 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards in five different classifications, one Art Education award and one Best of Show award. Each judge offers a different opinion and a unique point of view. Anne and Rima looked for works that connected to broader themes or created an emotional pull towards the viewer. They resonated with pieces that had a sense of immediacy and an interesting perceived story. They were thoughtful in their selection process and were very impressed with the show as a whole.


Originally from Armenia, Rima Makaryan is an 18 year old artist and activist who is the founder of The Monarch Project, a youth based organization centered around touching hearts and minds through public art to change and reclaim the immigrant narrative. Last year she helped create SCAPE (Sonoma County Artists Propelling Equity) and her public work can be found on 4th Street in downtown Santa Rosa and at Simon Mall. In December she travelled back home to Armenia to capture the post-war refugee crisis through a photo and short story series called “The Forgotten Faces of Artsakh“. She is currently involved with the Raizes Collective and is creating images to change vaccine hesitancy in Spanish-speaking and POC communities in Sonoma County. Her work is inspired by her own life as a young immigrant and how those personal experiences fit into the larger political and social conversation locally, nationally, and beyond. Her art aims to empower all traditionally marginalized groups, to capture their beauty, strength, and vulnerability and to share it with the rest of the world. Rima is currently a freshman at Stanford University where she hopes to study architectural and sustainable design.

Anne Baumgartner is a working artist, art teacher and recently relocated to Santa Rosa from Los Angeles. She works with paint, printmaking, collage, postal mail and cardboard installation. Community art and art-making are central to Anne’s practice. She created two pieces for the 2020 Downtown Santa Rosa Open & Out public art program and was recently appointed to the City of Santa Rosa Art in Public Places Committee. www.abaumgartner.com




Teen (Ages 13-18)

Youth (Ages 12 and Younger)

Art Education Award

Best in Show