Wyoming Arts Council

No lions, no tigers, but Bears

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary, the National Museum of Wildlife Art is sponsoring a state-wide art competition for Wyoming high school art students. “Wild About Bears:Wyoming Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the National Museum of Wildlife Art” challenges students to design and decorate fiberglass bear forms; the completed works will be exhibited and judged at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper, in April 2008. The top eight winning bears will win cash prizes for their school art programs. First Prize is $7,000; Second is $5,000; Third is $2,000 and five Honorable Mention winners will receive $500 each. Bears will be decorated during the ’07 – ’08 school year. The winning eight bears will be exhibited in Cheyenne during the summer of 2008. Any art media used on the bears is acceptable, but materials must be non-volatile,durable, and permanent. All artwork must be original.

Interested high school art teachers will be asked to fill out an”Application for Participation” and successful applicants will be awarded bears on a first come first served basis. Some of the 30 bears available have already been distributed to teachers via the Wyoming High School Art Symposium. For contest information and a complete set of rules, contact Jane Lavino at 307-732-5417 or jlavino@wildlifeart.org or mailto:jlavino@wildlifeart.org. The “Wild About Bears” contest and exhibition is generously supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, a program of the Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources. It is also supported by the Friess Foundation and the National Museum of Wildlife Art www.wildlifeart.org

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