National Arts Program

The National Arts Program® exhibit and competition is designed to honor the creativity which lies in us all. This program provides local artists of all ages with a forum to showcase their artistic accomplishments and encourages artistic growth through scholarships and awards. 

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This annual program, sponsored by the National Arts Program Foundation, invites residents of Santa Rosa or City of Santa Rosa employees and their families to enter one piece of artwork into a community exhibition at the Finley Community Center. 

2023 marks Santa Rosa's 20th anniversary with the National Arts Program.

EXHIBITION DATES: February 6 - April 21, 2023

Cash Prize Winners

Adult Amateur

1st: David Pasanen

2nd: Jacqueline Smith

3rd: Kathleen Connors

Adult Intermediate

1st: Becky Brendlin

2nd: Gail Radice

3rd: Leonora Jew

Adult Professional

1st: David Hodges

2nd: Joy Dellas

3rd: Barrie Sterling

Teen (13 to 18)

1st: Elyse Stiger

2nd: Violet Bowser

3rd: Vijay Kareesan

Youth (12 and under)

1st: Benjamin Bonnell

2nd: Deutro Wilson

3rd: Ames Wilson

Art Education Award: Dylan Domenici

Best of Show: Karen Bolan

Art Supply Gift Certificate Winners (all ages and categories)

• Felix Smith, Youth

• Grayson Chase, Youth

• Caroline Huang, Teen

• Ziqi Zheng, Teen

• Roy Childress, Amateur

• Stephen Crosley, Amateur

• Amaya Lounibos, Intermediate

• Alexis Wilson, Intermediate

• Alissa Feldman, Professional

• William Smith, Professional

Lifetime Achievement Awards for artists participating for over 15 years

• Boyd Edwards, Professional

• Mary J Ruggles, Professional

• Kerstin Fletcher, Professional

The National Arts Program was established in 1985 by The National Arts Foundation to inspire, acknowledge and reward creative accomplishments throughout the nation. The program began as a pilot project in Philadelphia and has extended nationally to include over 90 exhibitions in more than 30 states. The concept of The National Arts Program is to provide an uninhibited opportunity for all people to present their talents, at whatever level, in a public exhibition, free to artists and the public. To learn more about this program, visit The National Arts Program website at

For questions, contact Jessica Rasmussen at 707-543-4674 or [email protected].