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Contact: Shawna Seldon
Indianapolis (July 1, 2013) – While school’s out for the summer, U.S. Kids magazines—Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill—invite children ages 3-12 to power up their imaginations for the 2013-2014 U.S. Kids Cover Contest. This year’s competition theme is “If I Had a Superpower,” and winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes Jim Davis (cartoonist and creator of Garfield), Shane Sowell (artist for King of the Hill, The Simpsons, and Piggy Nation), and Joyce Raimondo (author of seven children’s art books including the Museum of Modern Art’s popular Art Safari series).
A first-, second-, and third-place winner will be chosen for each magazine. All winners’ schools will receive a donation toward their art programs. To date, U.S. Kids is proud to have awarded more than $100,000 in cash and prizes to help schools sustain their art curricula. First-place winners’ drawings will appear on the covers of the May/June 2014 corresponding publications. Second- and third-place winners’ entries will be featured inside the respective magazines.
Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill are published by the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, which made artists like Rockwell and Leyendecker household names. Today, U.S. Kids strives to instill an appreciation for art in future generations with the magazines’ cover contests, designed to stimulate children’s creativity and promote art programs in schools across the country.
“Our publications seek to educate and enrich children’s minds in every way possible, and we have found over the years that art is a crucial creative outlet for them,” said Editor Corey Michael Dalton. “Our contest encourages kids to foster their imagination and brings some much-needed attention to school art programs.”
Davis began his career as an assistant to Tumbleweeds creator Tom Ryan, and five years later, he introduced Garfield in June 1978. The comic strip’s popularity spread like wildfire, and it is now read in more than 2,400 newspapers by more than 200 million people. Young aspiring artists can also access exclusive art tutorial videos created by Davis on the U.S. Kids website.
Sowell discovered his love for drawing at a young age. After earning a Master of Fine Arts from UCLA, he began working on Emmy-winning shows King of the Hill and The Simpsons. He also designed the art for the children’s book Piggy Nation: A Day At Work With Dad, as well as the illustrations for the Futurama monopoly game.
Raimondo rounds out the cover contest’s guest judges. She is the author of seven children’s art books, including the Museum of Modern Art’s popular Art Safari series and the award-winning Art Explorers books. She’s also the founding director of Imagine That! Art Education, an organization that serves thousands of children and teenagers across America, from New York to California.
Young artists can enter the contest by mailing their “If I Had A Superpower” masterpiece to U.S. Kids Annual Cover Contest, P.O. Box 567, Indianapolis, IN 46206 or by submitting their entries online at uskidsmags.com/artcontest/enternow.php. Entries must be received by February 28, 2014, to qualify.
Children should submit entries based on their age to the following:
• Artists ages 3-5 should enter Turtle Magazine’s cover contest.
• Artists ages 5-7 should enter Humpty Dumpty Magazine’s cover contest.
• Artists ages 7-12 should enter Jack and Jill magazine’s cover contest.
For more information, please visit uskidsmags.com/artcontest.
About U.S. Kids magazines: Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill, are published by the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, based in Indianapolis. U.S. Kids magazines encourage children to strive for excellence and are designed to promote academics, personal fitness, medicine, and science among all children in a format that is entertaining, engaging, and educational.
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