Northwest College’s upcoming Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp exhibit in the SinClair Gallery has been cancelled due to a shipping error from the previous venue. The artwork travels around the state to be displayed in various locations; it originates from the Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge, but due to the government shutdown, there is currently no way to obtain the artwork.
Winners were selected from 546 total art entries throughout Wyoming from students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Two students from Cody and Powell will advance to the National Contest.
Students also had the option of including a conservation message with their art, which summarized what they learned through the program. Emma Waite, 17, of Powell, submitted this year’s winning conservation message: “Conservation is a way we can give back to the environment and preserve it for future generations.”
Wyoming’s 2018 Best of Show artwork is an oil paint rendition, titled “Ruddy Duck” by Kateri Bell, 18, of Cody.
Bell’s oil painting and Waite’s conservation message will both advance to represent Wyoming at the 2018 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
The program also awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to an artist the judges feel exhibits exemplary artistic promise in the youngest age group. This year’s award went to Tessa Davis, 9, of Kemmerer for a watercolor depiction of two pintail drakes.
This dynamic educational program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students in kindergarten through high school. The art contest provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity and beauty of waterfowl and their habitat.
View all winners and honorable mentions in the news release.