NEW: Winners just announced!
To enter the FASD Month art/photo contest: submit an image, such as a photo or artwork, of “What FASD means to me” with the idea of portraying the reality of how people and families living with FASD have a wide variety of perspectives, and to challenge the assumption that FASD only looks one way.
You may optionally include a brief description/story along with the photo.
The goal of this campaign is to display artistic/stylized photos/art, ideally something more than a simple headshot photo. See sample images below.
Everyone is welcome to submit entries, any age, with or without FASD.
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 3rd.
A panel of judges will select the winning art submissions.
The winning art submissions will be announced on FASD Day, September 9th.
Example images can be viewed below.
What you can win
First place: $250 cash prize! Tickets to NOFAS Gala!
Second place: Amazon Echo Dot
Third place: Handmade Native American necklace by David Saity
In addition, all winners will have their art featured by NOFAS online, in social media, and in printed materials, and may be disseminated to a variety of audiences. The first-place winner’s art will be featured in a special-edition poster that will be displayed at the NOFAS International Gala in Washington, DC, and they will receive two free tickets to the gala (transportation not included).
- You may use the artistic medium/format of your choice (such as a photo, drawing, pen and ink, markers, charcoal, CGI, so on) keeping in mind that the image will be viewed by others online and may be printed in the form of postcards/posters
- Images should be flat (no 3D texture) and look good when printed in a variety of sizes (postcards/posters)
- Stigmatizing (blaming/shaming) or harshly negative content will not be considered.
- No explicit or inappropriate content will be considered.
Submit your art
Submissions are now closed.
You are welcome to download this PDF flyer and distribute it to anyone who may be interested. Thanks!
Example images: (click to view larger)
Josh Benke: FASD Program Manager, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Josh Benke is the Program Manager, FASD at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded project “Improving Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Prevention and Practice through National Partnerships.” Josh joined the AAP FASD project team in December of 2014. During his time as manager, he has worked on a sustained and multi-faceted effort to raise awareness of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment for children and families living with a FASD.
Tonya McFadden: FASD Project Manager, FASD Prevention & Practice Program, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG)
Tonya McFadden is the Project Manager for the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Prevention and Practice Program at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist located in Washington, DC. She recruits, trains, and supports OB/GYN physician champions to raise awareness and educate practitioners about the prevalence and the importance of implementing prevention techniques to promote system and practice change. Mrs. McFadden also works on a strategic initiative with Practice Implementation Centers identified by the CDC that includes the development of educational opportunities and evaluations of provider training on a regional level.
Cynthia J. Mueller, MD: Family Medicine Physician, Wheeling Hospital
Cindy Mueller is a licensed psychologist from St. Louis, MO. She worked for 32 years for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities (DD). She is retired and does volunteer work for groups close to her heart. She’s been a volunteer with Missouri NOFAS since 2014. Cindy lives with her wife, Nancy, and two cats, Sweetie Pie and Bugsz.
Brian Young: Director, Baum Gallery — Art – University of Central Arkansas
Brian Young is the Director at the Baum Gallery of Fine Art in Conway, Arkansas and a lecturer at the University of Central Arkansas. He has numerous experiences as a Curator and Professor, including his recent role as Curator of Cultural Properties at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Brian has a masters degree in the history of art and currently serves as an Art Appraiser and Advisor and a Public Art Committee member.
Leah Davies: Associate Director Texas Office for Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
Leah Davies, LMSW is a social worker whose professional focus is on developing collaboration between systems of care to better serve children and families who have a developmental disability. Leah loves getting to work with volunteer leaders to support the Texas FASD Collaborative. In her spare time, Leah enjoys making pottery. Her favorite artist is Georgia O’Keefe and she believes that art has incredible healing benefits!
Peggy Combs-Way: President of SoCal NOFAS
Peggy Combs-Way is the mother of an adult daughter who was diagnosed with FAS in 1986. Her advocacy work has included lobbying at the both the state and federal levels, serving on the Board of Directors for CalFAS, and on the Steering Committee for the FASD Center for Excellence. Peggy’s role as President of SoCal NOFAS gives her the opportunity to share her and Tracy’s story to raise awareness of FASD in Southern California. She also facilitates the monthly FASD Parent/Caregiver support group. Peggy is a long time member of the NOFAS birth mother network – The Circle of Hope.
Samantha Di Paola: NOFAS Intern, Georgetown University Student
Samantha Di Paola has been an intern at NOFAS since January 2017. She is a rising senior at Georgetown University studying Healthcare Management & Policy. She is President of Georgetown University’s Project Sunshine chapter, which has given her the opportunity to do arts & craft projects with pediatric patients at the Georgetown University MedStar Hospital.
You retain your rights to your image; however, by entering the art contest, you grant NOFAS (and those authorized by NOFAS) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any NOFAS purpose. NOFAS will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.