2019 National Art Competition

Transcontinental Railroad – 150th Anniversary and Continuing Contributions of Chinese Americans

150 years ago the Transcontinental Railroad that stretched across the United States of America and linked the east and west coasts was completed. Facing poverty and civil war at home, laborers from Guangdong Province in China left home to make a living to support their families. Chinese immigrants were recruited by railroad labor contractors to do the dangerous and difficult jobs such as blasting areas with explosives, laying track, and carrying heavy cargo in extremely hot and cold weather. The Chinese laborers would eventually create a transportation system that would easily connect people and trade goods.

Railroad laborers marked the first wave of Chinese immigrants to come work in the United States. They were paid the lowest wage and had to take on the dangerous jobs. Today, Chinese Americans are not only railroad workers. They hold various jobs that contribute to the workforce. Look around your community. What kind of different jobs do you see Chinese Americans working in? Draw some of the jobs or kinds of work you see.


The Art Competition is open to students from kindergarten to grade twelve. Entries will be placed and judged in four divisions.

Division 1: Grade K to Grade 3

Division 2: Grade 4 to Grade 6

Division 3: Grade 7 to Grade 9

Division 4: Grade 10 to Grade 12

Awards and Recognition

The winning entries will be announced in May 2019 and an awards ceremony will take place in the Greater Los Angeles area. Date and location to be announced. Selection of winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges.

First, second and third place winners will be selected from each division. In addition, two Grand Prize Awards will be chosen from all entries.

The Scholarship Awards are:

Two (2) Grand Awards- $500 each

Four (4) First Place- $300 each

Four (4) Second Place- $200 each

Four (4) Third Place- $100 each

Download the Entry Form and a Copy of the Rules here: 2019 National Art Competition Entry Form.

Please visit this page for information on our 2017 Art Competition.