Call for Artists


Nursing is an art and a science. Florence Nightingale recognized the healing power of aesthetics in her “Notes on Nursing” book:

Art is a powerful medium for storytelling and provides inspiration, hope, and healing. In these incredibly difficult times, as we face a global pandemic and racial injustice, and reflecting on the Year of the Nurse & Midwife, we are reminded of the vital connection between our own wellness and that of the public. The American Academy of Nursing (Academy) is creating a mechanism for Fellows to express themselves and their reflections through art and to support each other through this powerful medium.


The Academy is inviting Fellows to submit full-color designs that showcase the courage, care, and compassion the nursing profession exemplifies. Selected artwork will be reproduced by the Academy as part of the organization’s celebration of the World Health Organization designation of 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife.

Submissions will be curated into an online gallery and the Academy will reproduce select artwork into prints, notecards, and other items which will be made available for purchase after the Academy’s 2020 Transforming Health, Driving Policy Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is “In Crisis and Calm: Leading with Purpose,” we ask that your art be inspired by or convey this theme. The artwork should reflect nursing’s unique contributions to public health and honor the compassionate care as well as the pivotal leadership nurses provide.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Art may be of any 2D medium (painting, drawing, graphic design, photography, etc.) as long as it can be reproduced for both a digital and print format.
    • Videos cannot be accepted.
    • Sculpture cannot be accepted; however, photography of a sculpture may be submitted.
    • Submission must be a .jpeg, .png, .svg, .eps, .ai, or .pdf; resolution of images must be 300 px/inch; file size must be lower than 10MB.
  • Each artist may submit up to one design. Only art created and submitted by a Fellow of the Academy will be accepted.
  • Each submission must include the title of the work and the full name of the artist.
  • Submissions must be original work produced by the artist and cannot include copyrighted materials unless the copyright is held explicitly by the submitting artist.

Entry Deadline Extended: All art must be submitted by September 1, 2020 through the form links below.

Contact Ellie Cook, Strategic Outreach Manager, at with any questions.

By submitting, you acknowledge that your entry may be posted on the Academy’s website and reproduced for print. Please note that in upholding the Academy’s commitment to inclusivity, we encourage any Fellow who is interested in participating to participate. This is not a competition. However, the Academy reserves the right to use its sole discretion to refuse an entry into the online gallery. Limited quantities of selected artwork will be reproduced and all proceeds of sales will be donated to the Academy’s Rheba de Tornyay Development Fund. Only art created and submitted by a Fellow of the Academy will be accepted.


Artists will receive notification of acceptance prior to the Academy's virtual policy conference.


You retain ownership of your image(s); however, by entering the contest, you grant the Academy (and those authorized by the Academy) a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the Academy and commercial products. Any image reproduced will include an artist credit. The Academy will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.


 Contact Ellie Cook, Strategic Outreach Manager, at