AKC Museum of The Dog Announces Salute to Search and Rescue Dogs Art Contest

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All Images From Top Dogs Exhibit (Courtesy of AKC Museum of The Dog)

This September will mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In commemoration, the AKC and Museum of the Dog will honor the Search and Rescue Dogs that participated in the 9/11 rescue and recovery efforts  by sponsoring an art contest for which everyone is encouraged to participate, no matter your age or artistic ability.

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To enter the contest, all you have to do is create a painting that captures the heroism of search and rescue dogs. Once judging is complete, art from the top-five submissions received will be displayed on the walls of the museum’s third floor gallery as part of a new exhibit, 9/11 Remembered: Search & Rescue Dogs, which will open in September. The winner of the contest will also receive a cash prize and their art will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop!

You can enter the contest by submitting an application, along with your artwork,  at This Link by August 16th, 2021.

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The contest runs in tandem with the museum’s current special exhibit, Top Dogs. This exhibition takes a closer look at the top ten dogs breeds, examines their histories, and speculates what exactly about them captures the hearts and minds of so many Americans.

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Of course, every dog is the most popular in their owner’s eyes, and each breed has characteristics that make it perfect for somebody. The breeds featured in this exhibition are the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Dachshund.

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Some of these breeds are veterans of the most popular list, such as the Lab, which has held the number one spot for 30 years straight. Others are more recent movers and shakers, such as the French Bulldog, which took the number two spot this year for the first time. If you love dogs, you will not want to miss Top Dogs, which runs until August 29th.

The AKC Museum of The Dog is Located at 101 Park Ave, New York, NY 10178. Hours are Wednesday Through Sunday, 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

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