Art for Air Contest – the Winners are




VALLEJO, CALIF.  (April 22, 2021) — The Vallejo Citizen Air Monitoring Network (VCAMN) congratulates Rhubie Rosales of Vallejo who is the winner of the $500 Grand Prize in the “Art for Air” contest.  Fifty-five artists of all ages provided entries to show their love for clean air with art. The public then selected the winner through online voting.  Entrants in fact came from all over the country, as far away as North Carolina and Illinois.  

The winning art by Ms. Rosales, who is a teenager, is entitled “A Piece to a Peace.” It features a drawing of a puzzle showing how we all have to work together to put the pieces together for clean air.   “Clean air really means everything; a lush life and…the reason why I put it in a puzzle form is that we as humans can only bring back the beauty of the earth if we help each other.”

Other winners are named for three age groups, for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize.  

Winners in the 5-12 age group were: 

1st, Brandon Ramaila of Vallejo; 2nd Aariela Kelie O’Connor of American Canyon; 3rd Davion Moss of Vallejo.   

Winners in the 13-17 age group were:  

1st, Nkonyeasua M. Osamor of Chicago, IL; 2nd, Mariacristina Prado Nunez of Vallejo; 3rd Lauren Miller of Fairfield.  

Winners in the 18+ age group were:  

1st, Orobosa Olotu of Vallejo; 2nd. J. Grayson of American Canyon; 3rd, Kathy Farrell of Vallejo.   

Click here to view the Winner Gallery and Statements. 

Winners in these categories will pick the prize of their choice provided from local donors including leaders at Touro University and Fresh Air Vallejo, as well as local groups such as Loma Vista Farm and Grow A Pear Nursery.  All entrants have had their work portrayed on the VCAMN website.  The contest winners will have their work receive additional recognition and be shared with public officials.

We had many wonderful submissions. Click here to see all of them.


Ken Szutu, who leads the VCAMN, said, “I am very happy to see more than 50 people submitted their wonderful work, and more than 500 people voted for their favorite art. Through this contest, we want to bring attention to the importance of clean air. We also want to bring awareness of Citizen Air Monitoring Network Air Quality Map to our neighbors before the summer fire season.”.  Ken added that the public is invited to the organization’s website ( ) to see the winners and learn about future monthly events on air quality. 


About the Vallejo Citizen Air Monitoring Network 

The Vallejo Citizen Air Monitoring Network is a non-profit group focused on raising awareness about air quality and helping citizens of Vallejo understand how air quality affects them.  This project was supported by the “California Climate Investments” (CCI) program.  Visit or email for more information.