Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest
Moves to Online Format!!
Entries accepted January 18th, through March 15th 2021
***Art Contest Moves to Online Format This Year! ***
The Arkansas Wildlife Federation has teamed up with
Creative Ideas to bring our very popular annual Student Art Contest to an online format this year. K–12th grade students in Arkansas will now have a chance to display their creativity to an even greater audience than in years past with our new expanded online format.
The theme “Wildlife of Arkansas” acknowledges the natural beauty of Arkansas by providing the perfect inspiration for students to explore their natural artistic abilities. The term Wildlife is not limited to animals, but can also include wildflowers, natural landscapes, streams & rivers, etc.
The Wildlife of Arkansas student art contest is made possible
in part through a grant from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and generous donors like you.
Guidelines for Art (painting, drawing or collage)
Contest is FREE and open to k–12th grade students.
One entry per student accepted.
Artwork must be student’s original work completed in the 2020-2021 school year.
All submissions must be titled.
Though the art contest is virtual this year with judging done via photographs that are submitted online...the art requirements are the same as last year- Medium can be oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, graphite, ink, and mixed media on canvas, wood, paper or poster board no larger than 24"x32".
Three tips for taking awesome pictures of your Artwork:
#1 Use good lighting- The best is non-direct outside lighting. No glare or shadows
#2 Make sure it's in focus and flat.
#3 Edit..but do it sparingly. Crop it, adjust lighting it etc. Image should represent your actual artwork.
For more tips on how to photograph your artwork check out this video:
Artwork submitted online will be judged on creativity, skill and interpretation of the theme.
A panel of professional artists will select 4 winners in each grade.
In addition to cash awards, winning artwork may be requested to be part of a traveling art exhibition that will be showcased at State Game and Fish Nature Centers.
Awards are as follows:
1st Place Winner each grade- $100.00 award and certificate
2nd Place Winner each grade- $ 75.00 and certificate
3rd Place Winner each grade- $ 50.00 and certificate
Honorable Mention each grade- $ 25.00 and certificate
Overall Best of Show-$150 award and certificate
Judges decisions are final.
AR Wildlife Federation and Creative Ideas reserve the right to reproduce submitted artwork
for promotional purposes (Example: Use in AWF Facebook ads, Arkansas Out of Doors magazine, and the annual Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Calendar).
Not responsible for lost or damaged art.
Hurry! The deadline to submit your entry is midnight-March 15th.