The winners of the California Coastal Commission’s (CCC) Coastal Art & Poetry Contest are announced!

Ten winners and forty honorable mentions have been selected from this year’s entries. On the website you’ll find beautiful, powerful, and playful art and poetry and personal statements from the artists. The CCC is sending out a big THANK YOU to the teachers and parents who encouraged their students to think creatively about the coast and ocean, and to all the students whose efforts were evident in every one of the more than 2,200 entries we received.

Screenshot of K-1st grade winners

Winners in the K-1st Grade Category.

Thank you to Chapman University’s Tabula Poetica for judging assistance. Thank you to Acorn Naturalists, Blick Art Materials, and Aquarium of the Pacific for their generous prize donations.

Prints of the art are available for purchase, supporting this contest.

Recognized poetry will be published in the May 2023 issue of TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics. Art and poetry will be part of a traveling exhibit to the following locations: Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center (Ventura) in May and June, Ford House Museum (Mendocino) in July and August, Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center (Newport Beach) in September and October, Bear Valley Visitor Center (Point Reyes National Seashore) in November and December.

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