Rules & Regulations

Please review the following rules and regulations for  Operation Military Masterpiece.

Rules & Regulations

Vet to Vet Tennessee & Monroe Area Council for the Arts are pleased to present Operation Military Masterpiece, an art contest, a visual story that will honor America’s Veterans and the military branch they represent. Art can be used to convey a message of inspiration and creative thought. It essentially is a look from within providing a deeper understanding of the human condition.

VTVT and MACA invite artists to participate in this joint venture by responding to this competitive initiative and putting brush to their work. The contest elicits the artist, to use their vision on the storied history of the American Military by presenting respectful artwork for one (or more) of the six respective branches of service. The artist is asked to produce a work of art that expresses the valued traditions of each branch of service. A review of historical military art would offer a representative baseline for which the art may be properly inspired. We would love to see the humanity of the hearts of our men and women of service through you work.

This project is a national art contest open to anyone over 16 years old. There will be Six Categories. Six (6) Banner Designs one (1) for each Branch of Service: Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Space Force. Artist may enter all six categories. Artworks will be juried based on creativity of the artist’s representation of the military branch.

This is a family-friendly art show, any work deemed unsuitable will be rejected by the discretion of the Jurors. Original 2D artworks will only be accepted (no reproductions or copies permitted). Art must be created on a flat surface only (required for scanning and printing. The winning artworks will be scanned and professionally printed on a 5 ft wide by 10 ft tall banner. The artwork must be in the following dimension – 18 inches wide by 24 inches tall. Computer Graphics must be in 300dpi or higher in the same size 18 inches wide by 24inches tall. The following media will be acceptable including color pencil; oil; watercolor; acrylic; pastel; graphite; ink; marker; charcoal; graphic digital design, and mixed media. The artwork must be in full color. (NO PHOTOGRAPHY)

Winning Categories

The winning art submissions will then be converted to banners that will be beautifully displayed on the façade of the Robert “Bob” Hatley Veterans Service Center in Madisonville, Tennessee. There will be one winner for each military branch of service. The winners will receive $1,000 each. The winners will be announced by Monroe County Mayor Mitch Ingram at the Veteran’s Day Celebration on November 11th at the Veterans Service Center.

Delivering & Pickup of Artworks

All artworks to be hand-delivered or shipped to the Veterans Service Center, 403 Tellico Street, Madisonville, TN 37354
by September 22nd – Monday-Friday 9 AM and 4 PM. The artwork will be juried on September 30th.

Submitted artwork will need to be picked up October 11th – October 15th, 9 AM to 4 PM. You can request your artwork to be shipped back to you at your expense. All shipping must be prepaid by the artist. For questions call 865-336-2624.


The Jurors will be 5 professionals with military and/or artistic backgrounds. The appointed jurors will evaluate all submitted work. Artworks will be juried based on people, places, objects, stories, and various historical points of interest in Military History pertaining to each military branch category. The artists are encouraged to explore military history pertaining to the Military Branch Category they are entering.