Student Art Contest & Show 2020
Themes: Birds of the Midwest or Endangered Bird Species.
Entry Deadline: Saturday, February 22
Bring entries to the Audubon Society of Omaha office which will be open during these times:
- Friday, February 21 - 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Saturday, February 22 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Center Mall at 42nd & Center Streets, lower level, Suite 108
Art Show: Saturday, April 18, 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Harper Center, Creighton University, 602 N. 20th Street, Omaha, Nebraska
Awards Ceremony: Saturday, April 18
- 1:30 pm for grades K-8
- 2:30 pm for grades 9-12
Note to Teachers and Parents
The Audubon Society of Omaha is pleased to sponsor its annual student art contest and show for 2020. 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 original 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 Harper Center Auditorium at Creighton University (map of campus with location marked) Contest winners will be posted on this web site after March 16, 2020 (Click here after March 16 for list of winners). If you would like to print out and post a flyer about the contest, see the link below.
Entry and Award Information
Four Categories to enter for grades K through 12
Each grade K-12 will have awards of Excellence and Merit in four categories: Realism, Graphic Design, Cartooning and Recycled
In addition, there will be separate judging for Best in Show for three different age groups: K-4th, 5th-8th and 9th-12th.
Please note, at this time no digital artwork will be accepted, including photo prints, laser prints or electronic media.
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: Margaret Smith
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: Kaden Hughes
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: Samantha Mayer
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 landfill. 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 category listed below.
Art by: Luke Luddusaw
Rules and Requirements
No digital artwork will be accepted, including photo prints, laser prints or electronic media.
All artwork should be two-dimensional, and may be as small as 8 x 10" 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.
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 14x8x5” and weigh no more than 4lbs maximum. It must be submitted in a shoebox-sized container with lid so it can be transported safely.
NOTE: Entry forms should be mounted securely on the FRONT of the artwork, centered underneath the artwork, 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
Teachers: Please 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. We know it’s hard to do, but please do not submit a whole classroom of art without making any pre-selection.
All artwork must be delivered directly to the Audubon Society of Omaha office which will be open during these times:
Friday, February 21 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 22 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Center Mall at 42nd and Center Streets, lower level, Suite 108
NO ELECTRONIC ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED.
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 Harper Center at Creighton University. (map to University) (map of campus with location marked) The art show will open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, April 18 and close at 3:30pm. The art show is free and open to the public.
All Excellence and Merit Award winners, grades K-8 will be honored at an awards ceremony at 1:30 pm during the art show. Grades 9-12 Excellence and Merit Award winners’ ceremony begins at 2:30 pm. 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. All will have their names read and be called to receive their award ribbon and prize. Please check our web site after March 16 for the list of winners for 2020.
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 18, 2020 before 3:30 pm at the Harper Center at Creighton University.
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.
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 interested in this contest and would like volunteer, please Contact Candace at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are many volunteer opportunities that require only a 2-3 hour commitment.
If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please contact:
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