This year, Four Freedoms Park kicked off its inaugural “Sketch 4 Freedom” contest, inviting visitors of all skill levels to submit their sketches of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The theme of our first contest was the “Four Freedoms,” in celebration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pivotal 1941 address. Artists were encouraged to explore the meaning and legacy of the four freedoms – freedom of speech & expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear – and how those freedoms relate to art, expression, the built environment, and life in the 21st century more broadly.

We received dozens of creative and unique entries, which made the job of our jury – selecting the top six finalists – extraordinarily difficult. Now it's your turn to weigh in by voting for the winner! The artist who receives the most votes will win a $300 gift certificate to Blick Art Supplies and a Four Freedoms Park swag bag. There are a few ways to vote:

1.     Cast your vote by filling out the form below

2.     Like your favorite sketch on Instagram

3.     Like your favorite sketch on Facebook

4.     Tweet your favorite sketch at @4freedomspark

We’ll tally the votes and take it from there! The contest will close on Friday, September 22 at 5:00pm, and the winner will be announced the following week. Happy voting! 

Thank you for voting! Voting in our Sketch 4 Freedom Contest is now closed. We will announce the winner shortly.  

Sketch 4 freedom's finalists

"4" by Shawn Moscovitch "I wanted to capture Roosevelt's bust within Louis Kahn's architecture, with a hint of the city beyond. I then further expanded on this initial idea by abstracting the forms using 4 colors (a reference to the 4 freedoms)."

"4" by Shawn Moscovitch

"I wanted to capture Roosevelt's bust within Louis Kahn's architecture, with a hint of the city beyond. I then further expanded on this initial idea by abstracting the forms using 4 colors (a reference to the 4 freedoms)."

"Room" by Chikako Hayashi "Whenever I step into what Louis I. Kahn called the “Room”, a 60 sq ft open plaza that sits at the south end of the Four Freedoms Park, I feel like I’m in a virtual reality 3-D space with carefully designed joints between slabs of white granite. However, when I look out at the sea and the sky from within, it seems all the more beautiful, real and colorful by contrast with the rigid white structure. I imagine that the architect might have hoped people visiting his “room” could stop for a while and look at the sky and the sea, and their imagination could fly freely outward and upward."

"Room" by Chikako Hayashi

"Whenever I step into what Louis I. Kahn called the “Room”, a 60 sq ft open plaza that sits at the south end of the Four Freedoms Park, I feel like I’m in a virtual reality 3-D space with carefully designed joints between slabs of white granite. However, when I look out at the sea and the sky from within, it seems all the more beautiful, real and colorful by contrast with the rigid white structure. I imagine that the architect might have hoped people visiting his “room” could stop for a while and look at the sky and the sea, and their imagination could fly freely outward and upward."

"The Freedom from Fear" by Daniel Garcia Jr. "When I was doing research on the park, I realized that the landscape and the structure was designed by the celebrated Louis Kahn, master of concrete. The composition of this sketch focuses on the architecture and the concrete structure. Looking from a corner towards the stairs was the ideal view for my drawing. I wanted to sketch the cityscape and the people that were visiting the park. When I was looking at the children running up to the top of the stairs with determination, it made me feel an essence of youth. As the kids celebrated with excitement, I also noticed how jubilant their parents were for them. It was the freedom from fear that gave me the reason to draw out this sketch."

"The Freedom from Fear" by Daniel Garcia Jr.

"When I was doing research on the park, I realized that the landscape and the structure was designed by the celebrated Louis Kahn, master of concrete. The composition of this sketch focuses on the architecture and the concrete structure. Looking from a corner towards the stairs was the ideal view for my drawing. I wanted to sketch the cityscape and the people that were visiting the park. When I was looking at the children running up to the top of the stairs with determination, it made me feel an essence of youth. As the kids celebrated with excitement, I also noticed how jubilant their parents were for them. It was the freedom from fear that gave me the reason to draw out this sketch."

"Walking on Freedom 1" by Hugo Costa "I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park."

"Walking on Freedom 1" by Hugo Costa

"I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park."

"Walking on Freedom 2" by Hugo Costa "I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park."

"Walking on Freedom 2" by Hugo Costa

"I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park."

"Walking on Freedom 3" by Hugo Costa "I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park." 

"Walking on Freedom 3" by Hugo Costa

"I did Four drawings expressing one of Four freedoms - Freedom of Expression. They should be seen as a set of sketches that transmit how freely I let my instinct travel on the paths designed by Louis Kahn. At the end of this path, defined by stairs, walls, trees and shadows (so powerful!) I stood peacefully drawing Manhattan, framed in between these walls and shadows. I returned one other day to sketch the UN building, so physically and ideologically omnipresent at the Park."