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Eastern Kingbird by Mike Benkis

Special Events

2020 Student Art Contest

“I felt an intimacy with [birds] bordering on frenzy [that] must accompany my steps through life,” wrote John James Audubon. Memorialized in his detailed portraits of birds in their natural habitats, Audubon’s passion still inspires birders today. To continue his legacy and fulfill our mission, Audubon Society of Omaha proudly invites student artists to submit entries for our annual Student Art Contest.

What:  Original student artwork featuring birds. Many prizes will be awarded in these categories: Realism, Graphic Design, Cartooning, and Recycled. Starting January 2, look for rules, entry forms and more at under the Special Events tab.

Why:  Because studies show that children learn by doing or creating artwork focused on a specific subject, we think this is a win-win for reaching new birders and their families.

Who:  All K-12 students, even if their school does not participate.

Entry deadline:  Submit entries in person at the Audubon Society of Omaha office, located in the Center Mall at 42nd and Center Streets, lower level, Suite 108, during these dates and hours:

      Friday, February 21, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m. or

      Saturday, February 22, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Art Show: View every work of art submitted on Saturday, April 18, from noon until 3 p.m., in Creighton University’s Harper Center at 602 N. 20th Street, Omaha.

Awards Ceremony: See the winners get their prizes at 1:30 p.m. for Grades K-8 and 2:30 p.m. for Grades 9-12 at the Harper Center auditorium.

Here’s how you can help

Please consider volunteering to:           

•      Collect and organize art at the ASO office on Friday, February 21, or Saturday, February 22

•      Hang artwork at Creighton University’s Harper Center on Saturday, April 18, from 8 a.m. to noon.

•      Host the Art Show and take down the art on Saturday, April 18, from noon to 4 p.m.

Please contact Candace Gorton at if you would like to volunteer for this important and popular event. If you have other questions, please contact Virginia at