More than 140 young artists from 45 states, Canada and beyond are headed to the Go Fish Education Center in Perry this weekend to attend the State-Fish Art Expo where the winners of the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest will be announced. This event, hosted by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division and Wildlife Forever, includes a showcase of all artwork, an awards ceremony and some fun, fishing-related activities for participants.
"Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented young artists, educators and parents who make the State-Fish Art 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 our aquatic resources."
A panel of distinguished artists and honorary judges selected the 141 winners from a field of thousands as the “best of the best” in their state and grade category for the 2013 State-Fish Art Contest. All winning artwork is currently on display at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry.
The "Top 12" National Awards will be announced at the State-Fish Art Expo Awards Ceremony honoring the top three pieces of artwork in each grade category selected from all the states, Ontario and international first place winners.
Additional honors to be awarded include:
- An overall "Best of Show"
- People's Choice Award - determined by a world-wide public online vote with additional votes collected in person at the State-Fish Art EXPO.
- The “Art of Conservation" Stamp Award will be reproduced as the 2013 Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Conservation Stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund the Contest the following year.
- The "Smile Award," will be given to a piece of art that just "makes you smile and feel good inside."
- The “Invader Crusader" will be chosen from the entries in the Silent Invader Category.
- Fish Make You Smarter Award – related to the essay contest
- Wildlife Forever's 15th annual State-Fish Art Contest and EXPO is made possible by support from NRG, as Title Sponsor, North American Fishing Club, U.S. Forest Service, Rapala, Blick Art Material s, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service Fisheries, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Tamera Will Wissinger (author of Gone Fishing).
The State-Fish Art Contest is open worldwide to all children in grades K-12 in any public, private, home school, youth group, youth camp, scout troop, or other! The artwork must call attention to any officially designated state-fish and must depict the fish in its natural habitat. More info about the contest at www.statefishart.org .