Audubon Society of Omaha
Student Art Contest & Show 2018
Themes: Birds of the Midwest or Endangered Bird Species
Deadline for Entries: Friday, February 23 and Saturday, February 24, 2018
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 14, 2018
Note to Teachers and Parents
The Audubon Society of Omaha is pleased to sponsor its annual student art contest and show for 2018. The goal of this contest is to expose young people to birds and promote the importance of wildlife in our community. It is our hope that young people will recognize the birds they create and foster an enjoyment of nature.
All artwork must depict one or more Midwestern birds in their native habitat or an endangered bird species.
All submitted student artwork will be exhibited during the art show at the John Muller Administration Building on the Bellevue University Campus (download map below). Contest winners will be posted here after March 15, 2018. If you would like to print out and post a flyer about the contest, please download the "Contest Flyer" below.
Entry and Award Information
Each grade K-12 will have awards of Excellence and Merit in four categories: Realism, Graphic Design, Cartooning and NEW FOR 2018, Recycled.
In addition, there will be separate judging for Best in Show for three different age groups: K-4th, 5th-8th and 9th-12th.
True-to-life art in the tradition of the American wildlife artists. The bird is easy to identify with accurate coloring and markings. The student must do a freehand drawing. No obvious tracings, stamps or stencils or computer drawn works will be considered for an award.
Medium: Colored pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, etc.
Art must be in color, unless the bird's actual coloring is black and/or white.
Art by: Morgan Duncan, 11th Grade
Emphasis on color and design rather than realism, yet retaining bird identification. For example, bird(s) must still be identifiable as a Cardinal or Blue Jay. Medium: Colored pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels, colored or textured paper, fabric, etc.
Art by: Adele Tompsett, 2nd Grade
Any style cartoon drawing with some indication of the kind of bird portrayed, indicated by bird shape and some identifiable markings. Art may be a one-panel cartoon or a story cartoon of several panels, with or without captions. Medium: Colored pencil, ink, marker, crayon.
Art by: Asasia Nickiloulias, 2nd Grade
Emphasis on creative use of recycled or up-cycled materials with some indication of the kind of bird portrayed, indicated by bird shape and some identifiable markings. Medium: Materials that have been previously used and/or destined for recycling or the land-fill. In addition, colored pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, tempera paint, pastels and glue or fasteners may be used. Please see SPECIAL rules and requirements for this new category listed below.
Image courtesy of Design Turnpike.
Rules and Requirements
All artwork should be two-dimensional only, and may be as small as 8 1/2 x 11" or as large as 11x14." Please mount artwork on either white or black backing, such as construction paper or poster board. The backing should provide a 2 to 4-inch margin on top and sides and a 4 to 6-inch margin on the bottom.
Each work of art requires an entry form (see below).
SPECIAL Rules & Requirements for Recycled
Artwork may be two-dimensional or THREE-DIMENSIONAL/Freestanding. Materials used should be dry, clean and safe – no rough or sharp edges. Artwork CANNOT use any bird by-products such as feathers, eggs or eggshells. Please mount two-dimensional art securely on either white or black backing, such as construction paper or poster board. Each work of art requires an entry form and for this category a list of materials:
If art is 3-Dimensional/Freestanding, it can be no larger than 14"x8"x5” and weigh no more than 4lbs maximum. It must be submitted in a shoebox-sized container with lid so it can be transported safely.
Each work of art requires an entry form (see below).
NOTE: Entry forms should be mounted securely on the FRONT of the art work, centered underneath the art work, on the 4-to-6 -inch margin of the backing. Adults may choose to print out the entry forms for younger students, as these entry forms will be the only student identification on the artwork. Entry form and list of materials can be attached to lid for three-dimensional entries in the Recycled category.
Submission of Entries
All artwork must be delivered directly to the Audubon Society of Omaha Office, at the Center Mall, 42nd & Center, lower level on Friday, February 23 - 3pm to 6pm, or Saturday, February 24 - 10am to 3pm (see map below). NO ELECTRONIC ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
Teachers: Please try to limit entries to 4-6 per classroom, per category. We will accept a slightly larger number, but we are not staffed to handle large volumes of art from a single classroom. Teachers: please do not submit a whole classroom of art without making any pre-selection.
Student artwork does not need school sponsorship. All students of Nebraska or Iowa are welcome to enter this contest independently and submit their art directly to the Audubon Society of Omaha. Home-schooled students are welcome to enter this contest.
Map to the Office of Audubon Society of Omaha
Art Show and Awards Ceremony
Artwork of all student participants will be on exhibit at the John Muller Administration Building on the Bellevue University Campus (get directions in the "Note to Teachers and Parents" section). The art show will open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 14 and close at 3:30pm. The art show is free and open to the public.
All Excellence and Merit Award winners will be honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 14 at 2:00 pm during the art show. Each winner will receive a ribbon and a special prize, to be presented at the awards ceremony.
All Award of Excellence winners and Award of Merit winners are asked to be present to receive their awards. Kindergartners will be honored first and high school students last. All will have their names read and be called to receive their award ribbon and prize. Please check our web site after March 15 for the list of winners for 2018.
No written confirmation will be sent out to teachers or schools. Teachers, parents and students must check the web site for winners/judging results.
Return of Student Artwork
All student artwork must be picked up by the student or teacher on April 14, 2018 before 3pm at the John Muller Administration Building on the Bellevue University Campus (get directions in the "Note to Teachers and Parents" section).
Unfortunately, we cannot store any artwork beyond that date, unless parents and/or teachers call and make special arrangements for pickup.
The Audubon Society values every student's artwork, and we take great care with each piece. However, we cannot assume any responsibility for the loss of, or damage to, submitted art.
A Final Call for Help!
This contest is organized by volunteers who are members of the Audubon Society of Omaha. Our organization is dedicated to the active promotion of environmental awareness to our community through education, conservation, and enjoyment of our natural heritage, especially birds.
If you are excited about this contest and would like to see it continue next year, please call (402) 445-4138 or email and volunteer to help. There are many volunteer opportunities that require only a 2-3 hour commitment per year.
For More Information
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