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2023 Student art contest

Artwork by Adara F., 5th grade

Special Events

2023 Student Art Contest

The Audubon Society of Omaha is pleased to sponsor its annual student art contest and show for 2023. 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 on April 15, 2023, at the Harper Center Auditorium at Creighton University. Contest winners will be posted on this website after April 1, 2023. If you would like to post a flyer about the contest, click button below for a downloadable print file.

Entry and Award Information

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.

Entries are being judged in the following categories!

Rules and Requirements

Digitally created artwork will NOT 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 11 x 14." 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 attached at the bottom.

Teachers:   Please limit entries to 4-6 per classroom, per category. 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.

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 byproducts, 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 x 8 x 5” 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.

When and Where to Submit Artwork

All artwork must be delivered directly to the NEW Audubon Society of Omaha office located at 4339 S. 90th Street, Omaha, NE, which will be open during these times:

Thursday, February 23                   3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, February 24                        3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 25                   10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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.

Art Show and Awards Ceremony

The 2023 Student Art Show and Awards Ceremony will be held live and in-person at Creighton University's Harper Center on April 15, 2023.  The Art Show begins at noon and is open to all student artists and their families, as well as teachers. The Awards Ceremonies will start at 1 p.m. for Grades K-8 and 2 p.m. for Grades 9-12.

Return of Student Artwork

All student artwork must be picked up by the student or teacher on April 15, 2023, before 3:30 p.m. 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.

Volunteers Needed

This contest is organized by volunteers, many 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 to volunteer, please contact Julia at There are many volunteer opportunities that require only a 2-3 hour commitment.

Contact Information

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please contact:

Virginia Stauffer at


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