Contest Description | Winners | Honorable Mention | Judges | Guidelines & Rules

The Character Sketch Contest is now closed.
The deadline for submissions was June 30, 2006.
Winning entries will be posted in October.

Official Rules

Online Entry Only

WHO CAN ENTER: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.  You are eligible to enter if, throughout the Contest Period, you are between the ages of 13 and 19, are not, and have never been, enrolled in college or a college program and are a legal resident of the United States.

HOW TO ENTER: Contest commences at 5:00pm EST on April 3, and ends at 5:00pm EST on June 30 (the “Contest Period”). Enter by completing the submission form and following the “Submit to Contest.” You will be prompted to include descriptive text about your submission, minimum 250 words, not to exceed 500 words. Descriptive text must be written in English. Submit to Contest procedures must be completed before the end of the Contest Period.  Entrants must fill out all required fields.  You may not submit more than one entry.


Be creative! Experiment! Use different materials and techniques!

Use a mouse, a pencil, a paintbrush—whatever it takes to create and develop a character of your own invention! Then create views of your character from the front and side. Don’t forget to give it a name! Next imagine the world in which your character lives. You will need to include an image of your character in this environment. The environment can be an inside, outside, or imagined place. 

Bring your character to life! Write a descriptive essay or story about your character.  Include information about the: who, what, where, why, and how of your character. All text must be in English with a minimum of 250 words but not more than 500.

What you need to submit:

  • An image of your character seen from the front
  • An image of your character seen from the side.
  • An image of your character in its environment
  • Descriptive essay or story about your character

Image requirements:

All images must be in JPEG format.
Minimum size:  400 pixels width by 400 pixels height

The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2006. Winners will be notified in October and their names will be posted on the site.

Terms of Agreement

By entering, you authorize The Museum of Modern Art and its subsidiaries and affiliated organizations (collectively "Sponsor"), in its sole discretion, to post your entry on the Red Studio site, either with or without your first name, age, and state.

Judging Criteria: A qualified panel of judges will determine the winners of the Contest.  The prize-winning entry will be selected based on creativity(33%); overall concept (33%), fulfilling the criteria required in the guidelines, and clarity of written explanations (33%). In the event of a tie, tied entries will be re-judged in accordance with criteria listed above to determine the final winners. 

Prizes:  Three potential winners (each a “Potential Winner”) will be selected.All entrants and selected winners must comply with all terms and conditions set forth in these Official Rules, and winning is contingent on fulfilling all such requirements.

Each qualified winner will receive their choice of either a digital video camera (valued up to $500,make and model number to be determined by Sponsor) or a gift certificate to an art supply store in an amount of equal value to the camera. All prizing is non-transferable and has no cash equivalent. Prizes cannot be returned for cash. Substitution of prize by winner is prohibited.  Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of comparable value. In the event that a Potential Winner chooses not to accept his/her prize, or Sponsor is unable to notify him/her via the email address provided, an alternate winner will be selected from the remaining entries, in accordance with the Judging Criteria set forth above.  Prizewinners are solely responsible for  all applicable federal, state, and local taxes.  Total estimated value of all prizes is up to $1,500.

Additional Requirements: The Potential Winners will be notified by email as indicated above.  Each Potential Winner will be sent an affidavit form by email. The affidavit form must be completed by Potential Winner, and, if Potential Winner is under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, by Potential Winner’s parent and/or legal guardian.  The affidavit will serve to: (i) establish eligibility under the Contest Rules; (ii) release Sponsor from any liability, claims, demands, and causes of action from personal injury and/or damage, theft, or loss suffered in connection with this Contest or the use or acceptance of the prizes or any portion thereof; and (iii) where permitted by law, grant Sponsor the right to use Potential Winner’s Design, name, voice, and likeness for advertising and publicity purposes without additional compensation. Entry into Contest constitutes Potential Winner’s and, where appropriate, Potential Winner’s parent and/or legal guardian’s agreement to sign such affidavit and releases and any other legal documents that Sponsor may require (including W-9). If Potential Winner fails to return the completed affidavit form within 5 business days of being notified, he/she will be disqualified and an alternate winner will be chosen from the remaining eligible entries, in accordance with the Judging Criteria set forth above. The affidavit must be signed before a notary and sent to the address indicated on the form with original signature(s).    Sponsor reserves the right to notify potential winners by mail. Winners will be notified on or about September 2006.

The Contest is not open to Sponsor’s employees and their immediate families, or the employees and families of Judges.  Void where prohibited or restricted by law. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned except as herein indicated.

Entrants must have on-line service prior to the beginning of the Contest.  Entries that have been tampered with, altered, or which are incomplete or inaccurate shall be considered void.  By submitting an entry form, entrant is agreeing to be notified by email if he/she is chosen as a potential winner of the Contest.  By entering, entrant acknowledges compliance with these official rules, including all eligibility requirements. Sponsor is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, tampering, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer on-line systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of email or design on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site or any combination thereof, including injury or damage to participants or to any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participating or downloading materials in this Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor which corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this Contest.   Should the Contest be terminated or cancelled prior to the stated expiration date, notice will be posted on the website, and any entries received prior to the termination or cancellation will be included in the judging. The use of any automated system or agent to submit entries in connection with the Contest is prohibited and will result in disqualification. In the event of a dispute over who submitted an entry, the holder of the winning email address will be declared the Potential Winner.  Collection of personally identifiable information will be in accordance with the MoMA Privacy and Security Policy as posted on

By participating in this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these rules. All interpretations of the rules and decisions by Sponsor relating to the rules and the Contest are final. Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website; to be acting in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in a disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, MoMA RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES FROM ANY SUCH CONTESTANT TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

For a copy of the winner list and/or a copy of the Official Rules, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

The Museum of Modern Art
11 West 53rd Street
New York, New York 10019
ATTN: Education Department

All requests must be received by February 1, 2007.


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