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Student Art Contest & Show

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Student Art Contest & Show 2017 - Winners Announced

Themes: Birds of the Midwest or Endangered Bird Species
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 8, 2017
List of Winners: Click Here


Note to Teachers and Parents
Entry & Award Information
Rules & Requirements
Submission of Entries
Art Show and Awards Ceremony
Return of Student Art Work
A Final Call for Help

Note to Teachers and Parents

The Audubon Society of Omaha is pleased to sponsor its annual student art contest and show. 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 draw and foster an enjoyment of nature. All works of art must depict one or more Midwestern bird(s) in their native habitat or an endangered bird species.

All submitted student artwork will be exhibited during the art show at the NEW LOCATION: John Muller Administration Building on the Bellevue University Campus (download map below). Contest winners will be posted here after March 15, 2017. If you would like to promote the contest with your students, please download the "Contest Flyer" below.

Entry and Award Information

(Three Categories plus "Best in Show")

There will be separate judging and prizes awarded for grades K through 12. Each grade will have awards of Excellence and Merit in three categories: Realism, Graphic Design, and Cartooning. In addition, there will be separate judging for "Best in Show" for three different age groups: K-4th, 5th-8th and 9th-12th.

Rules and Requirements

All art should be two-dimensional only, and may be as small as 8 1/2 x 11" or as large as 11 x 14." Please mount art 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).

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.

Submission of Entries

All work must be delivered directly to the Audubon Society of Omaha Office, at the Center Mall, 42nd & Center (see map below), lower level on Saturday, February 25 - 10am to 3pm or Monday, February 27 from 3-6pm. 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. Please DO NOT submit a whole classroom of art without making any pre-selection.

Student art 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 a NEW LOCATION: 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 noon on Saturday, April 8 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 8 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 click here to view the list of winners for 2017.

No written confirmation will be sent out to teachers or schools. Teachers, parents, and students must check the website for winners/judging results.

Return of Student Art Work

All student art work must be picked up by the student or teacher on April 8, 2017 before 3pm. Please note the NEW LOCATION: John Muller Administration Building on the Bellevue University Campus (get directions in the "Note to Teachers and Parents" section).

Unfortunately, we cannot store any art work beyond that date, unless parents and/or teachers call and make special arrangements for pickup.

The Audubon Society values every student's art work, 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. Volunteers are especially needed on Feb 24-25 (artwork intake), April 7 (hang artwork), and April 8 (help with the show).