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Georgia Students Win 2010 State-Fish Art Contest



Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 StateFish Art Contest. A distinguished panel of wildlife artists and honorary judges selected the following winners for their outstanding artwork:
  • Grades 4-6: Karen Ye - Lilburn
  • Grades 7-9: Giun Shin - Suwanee
  • Grades 10-12: LAlita Pitthong - Cleveland


“Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented young artists, educators and parents who make the StateFishArt Contest such a successful program,” said Douglas H. Grann, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever. “Together, we are using art to empower a new generation of conservationists. By sharing their fish art with family, friends and the general public, our young people are becoming ambassadors for good stewardship of fish and wildlife habitat.”

The winning entries from each state can be seen at: www.statefishart.com and also at: www.facebook.com/StateFishArtContest .
Each state’s winners will have the opportunity to join talented young artists from across the country at the StateFish Art Expo July 16 th and 17 th at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. All winning artwork will be on display and an awards ceremony will recognize the winners before a large crowd. Each winning artist who attends the Expo will receive great prizes, goodie bags, and fishing supplies from Rapala.
National awards to be announced at the StateFish Art Expo include ‘Best of Show’ honors for the top three pieces of artwork in each grade category from across the United States. The national “Best of Show” winner in grades 10-12 will receive a $2,500 scholarship to The Art Institutes International Minnesota. The first runner-up in grades 10-12 will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college.
The People’s Choice Award will be determined by a worldwide public online vote at the StateFish Art Contest fan page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/StateFishArtContest. Online voting will begin on May 17 th and conclude on July 5 th with additional votes collected in person at the StateFish Art Expo.
One outstanding piece of artwork will win the ‘Art of Conservation’ Stamp Award and be reproduced as a conservation stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund the StateFish Art Contest and children’s outdoor education.
About the State-Fish Art Contest 
To enter the Wildlife Forever StateFish Art Contest, young artists create an illustration of any official statefish and a written composition on its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in three grade levels: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
Educators nationwide have utilized the full-color interactive StateFish Art Contest Lesson Plan, an interdisciplinary educational supplement available online (www.statefishart.info) and on CD. More information can be found at: www.statefishart.com.
About Wildlife Forever 
Located in Brooklyn Center, MN, Wildlife Forever is a nonprofit multispecies conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on the ground” efforts.
Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research, and management of fish and wildlife populations.
Sponsors for Wildlife Forever’s StateFish Art Contest include The Art Institutes International Minnesota, North American Fishing Club, Rapala, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service Eastern Region and Blick Art Materials.
Contact: Pete Wuebker at (763) 253-0222 or pwuebker@wildlifeforever.org.



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