Gwinnett Technical College Seeks Artwork from Students K-12 for Design Competition

GWINNETT – NORTH FULTON - Gwinnett Technical College and the State of Georgia is encouraging students grades K-12 to submit original works of art depicting the importance of manufacturing to their lives and communities. The competition is part of many exciting activities planned for Georgia’s 2018 Manufacturing Appreciation Week, an annual event hosted by the State recognizing the contribution of manufacturing to Georgia’s economy.

Manufacturing provides approximately 386,599 jobs for Georgians. More than 10,059 manufacturing facilities in Georgia are devoted to making products as diverse as textiles and automotive parts. Manufacturing is the process of creating physical objects that will be used by someone or used to build something else. Students are encouraged to create artwork that celebrates the manufacturers in their communities and/or showcases products made in their hometowns, counties or statewide.  

Artwork will be judged in three categories: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12. Four winners will be chosen from each category. First-, second-, and third-place and honorable mention winners will be honored at the Governor’s Award Luncheon on April 12, 2018 at the Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta. Governor Deal will present all award winners with certificates, as well as monetary scholarships. First-place winners will receive $500; Second-place winners receive $300; third-place winners receive $100; and honorable mentions receive $50. The winning entries will also be displayed at the luncheon.

Gwinnett Technical College is proud to be a partner with the State in celebrating Manufacturing Appreciation Week. Artwork entries from students in our community should be submitted to Ms. Ann Sechrist at Gwinnett Technical College, 5150 Sugarloaf Parkway, Building 700 - Continuing Education, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 19, 2018.

All artwork must include the following on the back, upper-right corner:

  • Student’s Name
  • Student’s Grade Level
  • School Name
  • School Phone Number
  • Local Technical College’s Name

Artwork must be landscape-oriented on 11” x 17” paper. Art may be created with paint, watercolors, pencils, markers, crayons, charcoal, etc. Submissions in the grades 9-12 category may be computer-generated. All artwork must be flat; no 3-D objects allowed. Make sure art is completely dry before shipping. Please note that submission entries will not be returned to contestants. Remember, art should portray manufacturing specific to the state of Georgia.

For further information or questions about the contest, please call Ann Sechrist, Director of Economic Development at Gwinnett Technical College, at 678-226-6305. To learn more about Manufacturing Appreciation Week, visit