About The International Children’s Art Exhibition (ICAE)

The ICAE was founded in 1970 in Osaka, Japan and is proudly sponsored by Pentel. The intent was, and still is, to explore the vivid imagination of children. The ICAE gives children, ages three to fifteen, an opportunity to express their creativity through paintings, drawings and collages.

This year, tens of thousands of entries from children representing countries from around the world were submitted for judging. A distinguished panel of judges in Tokyo, Japan included representatives from Biiku Bunka Kyokai (The Foundation of Art Education in Japan), art professors and teachers from participating countries. Each viewed the entries during a four month endeavor beginning in January and concluding in April.

Artwork is judged on the basis of originality, clearly expressed content and cultural expression. 164 American students have been recognized this year from a worldwide list of winning students.

The ICAE will embark on a seven-city, eight-month tour beginning November 2013. Winning entries from the United States, combined with winning entries from around the world, will be featured in the exhibition. Here is the list of tour dates and host locations for the 43rd International Children's Art Exhibition.

11/4/13 to 11/17/13

12/9/13 to 12/22/13

1/6/14 to 1/19/14

2/6/14 to 2/16/14

The Summit Country Day School Cindy Art Studio Gibbs Magnet School LaGrange Mall
2161 Grandin Rd. 5672 Almaden Expy Suite B 1115 W. 16th Street 1501 Lafayette Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208 San Jose, CA 95118 Little Rock, AR 72202 LaGrange, GA 30241


3/3/14 to 3/16/14

4/1/14 to 4/13/14

5/1/14 to 6/29/14

Taylor County Museum  Warren Cultural Center County of Los Angeles Public Library
1001 Pollock Blvd. 154 Public Square Visit www.colapublib.org
Bedford, IA 50833-1096 Greenfield, Iowa  50849 for tour information


Pentel Believes in the Importance of Creativity Through Art

Pentel believes that art encompasses all the developmental domains and fosters creativity in children. It can assist in developing their imagination and enhancing their decision making skills.

Promoting creativity through art helps develop a child’s intelligence and personality and gives children the opportunity to express a personal statement about their uniqueness.

Art is open-minded and builds feelings of independence, confidence and an eagerness to learn.


Ready to enter your students art in the next International Children's Art Exhibition?

We're now accepting entries for the 45th annual International Children's Art Exhibition now through November 21, 2014. Download the complete rules packet here.

Send questions to ICAE@pentel.com.