Submissions Due: Officers as Artists

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The National Law Enforcement Officers Art Exhibition

Officers as Artists: The Creative Expression of Those Who Serve

About the Exhibition

We invite law enforcement officers to participate in an exclusive exhibition that celebrates the creative expression and transformative power of art. This exhibition serves as a platform for officers to showcase their creativity, highlighting how art has been an integral part of who they are as individuals who also happen to be officers, or, for some, how art has been instrumental for them as they navigate a complex profession, critical relationships, and process traumatic experiences they have endured head-on. Through this event, we aim to shed light on the role of art and discover the many ways in which creative expression serves law enforcement officers. 

Submission Guidelines


Entry is open to all active and retired law enforcement officers. All submissions must reflect the work that you will be exhibiting. All artworks must be your own and an application must be completed and submitted to be considered. All artworks must be original, no prints, photographs, or reproductions of artwork will be exhibited.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for Submission of Applications: Sunday, June 30, 2024, at 11:59pm
  • Notification of Acceptance to Artists: Friday, August 2, 2024
  • Delivery Deadline: Sunday, September 7, 2024, between 10am and 4pm at the National Law Enforcement Museum
  • Public Reception: Saturday, September 28, 2024, from 12:00-2:00PM
  • Exhibition Dates: September 26, 2024 – August 30, 2025

Submitting Your Entry 

All entries must be submitted online at:

Artists in need of assistance in submitting their work may email: [email protected] or call 301-420-8259. 

Submissions must reflect the work that you will be exhibiting. The NLEOMF Staff takes the utmost care in handling entries but is not responsible for loss or damage to artwork. 

Image Requirements

Digital image files may be no larger than 4MB each. By submitting this application, you hereby give NLEOMF the right to use your submitted images for any promotional materials.


Artists may submit in only ONE of the following two categories:
1. Two-Dimensional Artwork
2. Three-Dimensional Artwork

Due to the public nature of the show, visitors may take photographs of the exhibition for personal use only.

1. Two-Dimensional artwork:

This includes any work that must be hung on a wall/panel. Artwork must be ready to hang, securely framed, and fitted with a wire. Works without a proper hanging mechanism will not be shown.

2. Three-Dimensional artwork:

Work must be pedestal ready and stable for display. Note: museum wax does not hold in hot temperatures; works should be stable without additional support. The weight of each three-dimensional work (and custom stand if necessary) may not exceed 50 pounds. Please provide dimensions of your work with your application. Please keep in mind that pedestal surface areas range from 14” L x 14” W to 30” L x 30” W. Pedestal heights range from 30″ to 42″ H.


Entries are reviewed by a panel using the digital images of the artists’ work as submitted online. Entries will be reviewed on evidence of quality, craftsmanship and professionalism. The NLEOMF reserves the right to exclude any item that has not been suitably prepared for display, is too large, heavy, is otherwise inappropriate or does not follow the guidelines. Not all works are guaranteed acceptance. Artists will be notified of acceptance via email by Friday, August 2, 2024.

Accepted Works

Work must be delivered to the National Law Enforcement Museum by Saturday, September 7, 2024, between 10am and 4pm. Late entries will not be accepted. All artworks MUST be labeled with the artist’s name and the title of the piece. Websites and email addresses will be made available to the public along with the artists’ statements unless otherwise noted. Artists will have an opportunity to submit a bio or artist statement as part of the application process.

Artwork Display and Sales 

Placement of artwork is at the discretion of the NLEOMF staff. All work must be on display for the duration of the show.

Contact Information

For inquiries and submissions, please contact Lauren Sydney at [email protected]


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Jun 30, 2024


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