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STATE-FISH ART CONTEST FEATURES
CHANNEL CAT, DEADLINE MARCH 31
National and state prizes awarded
for students grades 4 through 12
Feb. 4, 2009 - BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Wildlife
Forever has announced that the deadline for entry in its 11th
Annual State-Fish Art Contest is March 31. Through the contest,
students across Kansas and the United States have the opportunity
to win national recognition and prizes while learning about their
local state fish and the conservation of aquatic habitats. The
contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12.
To enter, young artists usually create an illustration
of their state fish, but artwork of any official state fish is
eligible. Kansas entrants usually portray the channel catfish.
A written composition on its behavior, habitat, and conservation
is also required.
State-Fish Art Contest entries are separated into
three grade categories: fourth-sixth, seventh-ninth, and 10-12.
Winning contestants from every state are honored in each category.
All contest winners receive a gift certificate for art supplies,
as well as other prizes. Winning designs will also be featured
on the official State-Fish Art website, www.statefishart.com.
A talented artist in grades 10-12 will be selected
as the national "Best of Show" winner and will receive
a $2,500 tuition scholarship to attend The Art Institutes International
Minnesota (Ai Minnesota). The first-runner up nationally in grades
10-12 will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship to Ai Minnesota.
Winners who attend the Expo will receive a special rod and reel.
One "gallery-quality" winning entry will be used as
the design for the 2009 Art of Conservation Stamp, and a national
"Best of Show" award will be presented to one contestant
in each age group. Winning artwork will be on display at the
State Fish Art Expo at the Mall of America July 19-20 in Minneapolis,
Parents and teachers should visit the State-Fish
Art website for complete details and to download a free lesson
plan. Entries must be postmarked by March 31. Winners will be
announced on May 1.
For more information, write Pat Conzemius at Wildlife
Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., #1000, Brooklyn Center, MN 55430,
email email@example.com, or phone 763-253-0222.
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