Art Contest

2020-21 Art Contest

The Rotary Club of San Marino’s Annual Art Contest highlights the variety of student art talent right here in community. Art is invaluable in nurturing creativity and developing culture; it is at the heart of humanity.  This is why the Rotary Club of San Marino supports student art.  Our panel of judges will look for a high level of artistic communication, composition, creativity, and artistic technique in your entry. These four aspects combine to produce an emotional response in the viewer. It is important that the artist draws the viewer in. Communication might be the very definition of art. How well does your art speak to the viewer?  Composition is the art of arranging your elements to communicate your theme. Creativity is a child of imagination. Technique is the method or way the art is done to best communicate your theme.

3rd-5th grade is “ Water is Life ”
6th-12th grade choose your own theme.

Art Contest Photos and Videos

Art Contest - April 22, 2021

Winning Artwork Slideshow
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Winning Videos

Water Commercial by

“We Had Our Chance” by


Message to Art Students by Dice Yamaguchi

2020-2021 Art Contest Judges’ Biographies

Louis Felix is a graduate of Art Center College of Design and has been a professional photographer for over 20 years. His clients include Kaiser Permanente, Children’s Hospital, People Magazine, Caltech, Los Angeles Magazine, etc..”  He also teaches Photography at Charter Oak High School and Mt San Antonio College. He is judging for elementary to high school level in our art contest.

Atilio Pernisco has a BFA from Art Center College of Design and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. He worked as an illustrator and designer for more than a decade for a diverse
list of clients until he began exhibiting his work nationally and internationally. He also teaches at his Alma Matter and at many other local institutions.  He is judging for elementary to high school level in our art contest.

Alex J. Cabalu was born on Sunset Boulevard in 1980 to Tarlakenian parents who’d met at a Los Angeles bowling alley in the 1970s. He is a first-generation Fil-Am who was raised playing Atari,
reading Highlights for Children, and staring for hours at both of his grandfathers’ paintings.

Grace Yang is an advertising Graphic Designer, graduate from Art Center College of Design.  She had worked in few design studios after she graduated from Art Center.   After she married, she start worked free-lance in some corporation, Metal Toy, Skechers Shose, PecoWare for children, Edison, Toyota, USC Dental, Universal studio and Walt Disney’s……. After she had her twins, she was helping in non-profit originations until now.  Grace is judging for the high school level in our art contest.

Art Contest - April 18, 2019

Winning Artwork Video

Digital Media Winner #1
From San Marino High School student, Jaden K. Mena
Award Category: High School Media/Video
Artwork Theme: Ken and Friends Meet Ella
San Marino High School, 11th Grade

Digit Media Winner #2

From Southwestern Academy student, Andrew Wang:
Award Category: High School Media/Video
Artwork Theme: What’s my name?
Artist’s Name: Hongyi (Andrew) Wang
School & Grade: Southwestern Academy. 12th grade

Digit Media Winner #3

Artwork Theme: American Sign Language Report for our School YouTube Channel
Students Names: Maggie Pan(9th Grade) and Sophie Zhou(12th Grade)

Photos from the Art Contest

Art Contest Photos



Art Contest - April 12, 2018


Winning Artwork Video

List of Winners

Winner of the 2018 Art Contest and Winning Video

2nd Place Video

3rd Place Video
Mobile App Design: The Beard

1st Place Middle School Video


Art Contest, April 20, 2017

Art Contest Video, April 2016

Video by Grace Yang

Meeting Information

Thursdays at 12:10 PM

San Marino Community Church, Fellowship Hall

1750 Virginia Road
San Marino, CA Map It

We meet on the first 3 Thursdays of the month at the Community Church.  Our meeting location occasionally changes.  Click “More info” in the Upcoming Events section below to confirm the location.

Guest lunches are $20.00

On the last Thursday of the month we meet at a venue to be announced – in the evening from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Upcoming Events

Club Meeting: Tori Kelly, Tom Sawyer Camp
Speaker: Tori Kelly
Topic: Tom Sawyer Camp
August 5th 2021 12:00 pm
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Club Meeting: Elizabeth Haralambos Anguilli, SMHS Cheer Coach
Speaker: Elizabeth Haralambos Anguilli
Topic: San Marino High School cheer team
August 12th 2021 12:00 pm
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Club Meeting: Nicole La Porte, Moguls, Movies and Dreamworks
Speaker: Nicole La Porte
Topic: Moguls, Movies and Dreamworks
August 19th 2021 12:00 pm
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San Marino Motor Classic
August 22nd 2021 9:00 am
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Club Meeting: Evening meeting
Topic: Meeting with San Gabriel Valley NewGen Rotary Club
August 26th 2021 5:00 pm
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Club Meeting: San Marino High School Football
Speaker: Coach Ray Torres
Topic: San Marino High School Footbal
September 2nd 2021 12:00 pm
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