Sketch 4 Freedom

Four Freedoms Park’s “Sketch 4 Freedom” contest invites visitors of all skill levels to submit their sketches developed on site at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. The theme of our first contest is the “Four Freedoms,” in celebration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s pivotal 1941 address. Artists are 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.

All submissions must be initially developed onsite at Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park. Due to the sensitivity of the untreated granite at the Park, we ask that artists wishing to use paint, watercolor, charcoal, chalk, and other materials that might harm the porous granite, do so offsite after their initial visit to the memorial.

The winner of the contest will receive a $300 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials and a Four Freedoms Park Swag Bag.

The contest will run from Saturday, July 1, 2017 – Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The winner will be announced in September 2017.

The Sketch 4 Freedoms contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who participated! 


  • This opportunity is open to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • The drawing must be made on paper onsite at the Park using any drawing methods and techniques. Instruments include graphite pencils, pen and ink, color pencils, crayons, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses, etc.  Due to the sensitivity of the untreated granite at the Park, we ask that artists wishing to use paint, watercolor, charcoal, chalk, and other materials that might harm the porous granite do so offsite after their visit to the memorial.
  • Participant may submit up to four entries.
  • Participants must submit a photo or scan of the sketch with resolution not less than 3264×2448 pixels using the online form provided.
  • Participants must name include their first and last name in the file name of their submission. Entries that do not meet these criteria will be rejected.
  • The artist who created the artwork must submit her/his own entry.
  • The maximum allowable file size is 400 MB.
  • If your sketch is selected, you may be requested to send by mail the original drawing to Four Freedoms Park Conservancy. 
  • Four Freedoms Park Conservancy reserves all reproduction rights for all drawings entering the contest.
  • The final entry deadline is August 15, 2017.
  • By entering the contest, the artist agrees with the rules mentioned above and the decisions of the Selection Committee. Their decision shall be final and is not subject to appeal. No work that already belongs to a museum or a private collection can be entered in this contest. The works entered in this contest must be free of any third-party rights. The Contest organizer shall not be liable in relation to any such third-party rights.


The Sketch 4 Freedom Selection Committee selects the top five sketches, which will be displayed on The winner will be selected via a public online vote and will receive a gift certificate to Blick Art Materials. 


The Sketch 4 Freedom Selection Committee consists of the following art and architecture professionals:

Caty Bartholomew, Illustrator, Professor at The New School

Artist/Illustrator Caty Bartholomew is best known for her naturalistic images of people and the emotional complexity of their interactions. Her decade-spanning career has included numerous commissions from editorial publications like The New York Times, Businessweek, and book publishers like Scholastic and Simon & Schuster. She’s won juried admission to annual shows like The Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. She continues to be inspired by teaching various courses at Parsons The New School for Design. Caty is currently exploring how traditional media and the artist’s hand can enhance online digital communication, and is on a quest to texturize the internet.

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David Pearson, Architect, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

David Pearson, Associate, has been with Robert A.M. Stern Architects since 2011. A designer of a broad range of projects for cultural, institutional, and residential clients. Mr. Pearson is currently at work on the General Assembly Building in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Pearson is a graduate of Rollins College (B.A., Theatre Design and Studio Art), and the Georgia Institute of Technology (M. Arch., 2011), where he was an Arthur Ross Scholar. He was a Visiting Artist to the American Academy in Rome in 2009 and 2011. Mr. Pearson is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art.

Melanie Reim, Professor at FIT, School of Art and Design, School of Graduate Studies

Melanie Reim is an award-winning illustrator with a sketchbook never far from her side. As a Professor at FIT in NYC, she teaches drawing and illustration to undergraduate and graduate students. An original Urban Sketchers correspondent, her visual journals have been the subject of articles published in Europe as well as Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic, where she completed a Fulbright Scholar grant. Her documentary work is part of the Air Force Art Collection in the Pentagon in Washington, DC and is featured in numerous books and articles about drawing and illustration. Her work has appears in solo and group exhibitions, in New York City as well as abroad. 
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Adam Yarinsky, Principal, Architecture Research Office

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, LEED AP is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a 20-person firm based in New York City. ARO’s diverse body of work—spanning strategic planning, architecture and urban design—has earned the firm over seventy-five design awards including the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt 2011 National Design Award. Adam holds an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. He has taught at Harvard University, The University of Michigan, Princeton University, Yale University, The University of Virginia and other institutions. He has also lectured widely and written about ARO’s work.


To kick off the contest and drum up excitement, Richard Alomar of Urban Sketchers will host four free artist meet-ups at the Park. Bring your sketchpad and drop by:

  • Sunday, June 18: 2pm-6pm
  • Wednesday, June 28: 10pm-3pm
  • Friday, July 7: 4pm-7pm
  • Saturday, July 15: 10am-3pm

Participation in the sketching meet-ups is optional and will have no bearing on the Selection Committee’s decision.