Enter the 2019 Sketch 4 Freedom Contest!

Four Freedoms Park Conservancy is thrilled to announce that the third annual "Sketch 4 Freedom" contest has officially launched! Artists of all skill levels are encouraged to submit sketches developed at FDR Four Freedoms State Park for a chance to win limited edition Four Freedoms State Park merchandise, a $300 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and the opportunity to have their work reach a wider audience.

This year’s theme is 'Light & Shadow'. The Park's architect, Louis Kahn, gave special attention to the interplay of sunlight and shadows in his design, making the memorial a fantastic backdrop with which to explore this theme from a variety of different angles and interpretations.

All submissions must be originally developed at FDR Four Freedoms State 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.

Submissions will be accepted until midnight on September 30, 2019. Winners will be announced in November 2019.

For a complete list of rules, visit the terms and conditions page here. Participants can submit their entry online by clicking on the button below. Limit one entry per contestant.

Selection Committee and Process

The Sketch 4 Freedom Selection Committee selects the top five sketches, which will be displayed on www.fdrfoufreedomspark.org. The winner will be selected via a public online vote.

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

Veronica Lawlor’s elegant and expressionistic reportage drawings have led her around the world, completing assignments for a diverse group of clients including Chase Private Client, the 3M Corporation and the Hyatt hotel chain. Her emotionally charged reportage series of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack is featured in the Newseum in Washington DC. She recently completed a series of illustrations of New York City for the interactive installation at the NYU Hassenfeld Children's Hospital, titled City Explorer. In 2011 Veronica was nominated by Canson USA as their representative for the Canson Prix, and her work was presented at the Louvre in Paris. Her work has also been honored by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Ms. Lawlor has written and illustrated several books, and is on the faculty of Pratt Institute and Parsons School of Design.

Victo Ngai is a Los Angeles based illustrator from Hong Kong, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. "Victo" is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization. Ngai's work appears in advertising, packaging, magazines, books, newspapers and animation, her clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Apple, Prophecy Wines, Johnnie Walker, American Express, Lufthansa Airline, General Electric, Tor, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, NBC and Dreamwork. Ngai's work has received many honors including Hamilton King Award, Forbes 30 Under 30 (Art & Style), The One Club Young Guns 16, Society of Illustrators NY Gold and Silver medals, SPECTRUM Gold and Silver Medals, ADC and SPD Silver Awards, Hugo Award and World Fantasy Award finalist and many more.

Adam Yarinsky, FAIA, LEED AP is Principal of Architecture Research Office (ARO), a 30-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 a hundred design awards including the 2018 AIA New York State Firm of the Year Award and 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.

Michelle Young is the founder of Untapped Cities, a web magazine and tour company about architecture and urban discovery. She is a graduate of Harvard College in the History of Art and Architecture and holds a master's degree in urban planning from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. She is the author of Secret Brooklyn: An Unusual Guide, New York: Hidden Bars & Restaurants, and Broadway.

Cover image: “Serene Space” by Richard Clements, winner of our 2018 Sketch 4 Freedom contest.