Sunday, March 15, 2009

11th Annual 2009 State-Fish Art Contest

Students in Grades 4-12 Eligible to Win Scholarships, prizes, and more...

BROOKLYN CENTER , MN - Students across the United States have the opportunity to win prizes and national recognition while learning about state-fish species, aquatic habitats, and conservation. The State-Fish Art Contest uses art to catch the imagination of youth while teaching youth about the outdoors.

The 11th Annual Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest is open to all students in grades 4 through 12.

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 ), a leading creative college for design, culinary, and media arts education located in downtown Minneapolis . The first-runner up nationally in grades 10-12 will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship to Ai Minnesota .

Entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2009 . Winners will be announced May 1, 2008 .

To enter, young artists nationwide must create an illustration of their chosen state-fish. A short written composition on its behavior, habitat, and conservation needs is also required.
Educators and Parents: Visit the State-Fish Art website at for complete details and to download the free lesson plan.

Winning contestants from each state will be honored in three grade categories, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. All winning designs will receive national recognition on the official State-Fish Art website and during the Expo.

The 11th Annual State-Fish Art Expo will be held at Mall of America on August 1st, 2009.

Winners who attend the Expo will receive FREE Trees from the U.S. Forest Service and a special rod and reel compliments of Wildlife Forever. Contest winners and their families will also enjoy a free field trip to a local National Wildlife Refuge and fishing event with staff from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The following day, August 2nd, the winners and their families will be treated to a “special” Minnesota Twins baseball game.

For more information or to send entries: contact Pat Conzemius
Wildlife Forever, 2700 Freeway Blvd., #1000 , Brooklyn Center , MN 55430
(763) 253-0222 email

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