The Friends hold an annual Purchase Art Contest for the purpose of encouraging and spotlighting the fine arts in Germantown, while acquiring an original piece of art created by a Washington county non-professional artist.

This year the contest winners will be announced at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Germantown Community Library on Wednesday, October 10. Click here for the registration form which you can print and fill out. Registration Form 2018

Contest rules may be found here: Contest rules 2018

Junior Division

New this year is the art contest junior division, open to students in grades 6 through 12. Students may enter one piece of artwork. Rules and registration form for junior entrants may be found here: Junior Art Contest 2018

Past Winners of the Friends’ Annual Juried Art Contest

2008 “School Days” ––Rick Sachse

2009 “Knowledge is the Window to the World” ––Kathy Lammert

2010 “Village Street 1” ––Everett Powell

2011 “Merritt the Muse” ––­Sandra Butz-Seibers

2012 “Autumn Leaves”­­ ­­––Linda Derrick

2013 “Bus to MWA” ––Everett Powell

2014 “Bog Lake Morning”–– Bob Christian

2015 “#57” ––Bob Schaar

2016 “I am” ––Marco Mendoza

2017 “Daddy’s Girls” ––Susan Dechant

In 2017, 25 artists from Washington county submitted 54 pieces of art for judging.

The 10th Annual Friends Purchase Award Art Contest First Place art was purchased for $300 and gifted to the library. It is displayed behind the circulation desk. Second place award is $75 and third place award is $50. All art is displayed in the library during the month of October.

• 2017 Purchase Award Art Contest •

Last year’s contest judge was Bradley Parrish, a local Germantown artist. Awards were presented on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at the Friends’ Annual Meeting in the Library Community Room. The evening began with a Gallery Browse and an opportunity for all to vote for their favorite picture, “The People’s Choice Award”.

2017 Purchase Award Art Contest prizes:

First place award went to Susan Dechant for “Daddy’s Girls”. It was purchased and hangs in the library.
Second place went to Mary Boettcher for “Night Watch.” She also received an honorable mention for “Patterned Fall Birches”.



Louise Joyner received the third place award for “Kitchen Gathering”.


Honorable mention went to Karin Corteen for “Sassy Frog”.
Honorable mention went to Joni Fletcher for “Living Fairytale”. This also won the “People’s Choice” award.
Patricia Gergetz received honorable mention for “Clear and Cold”.
Honorable mention also went to Jan Zoromski for “White Rose”.