POWELL, Wyo. ─ Wildlife art by 32 Powell middle and high school artists will go on display Monday, Nov. 3, at Northwest College’s SinClair Gallery as part of the Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program’s 2014 Artwork Tour.
The exhibit showcases the first, second and third place winners as well as honorable mentions in the Wyoming level of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Students from around the state submit artwork each year featuring native North American waterfowl species, which are judged on the basis of original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for reproduction on a 1-by-1.5- inch stamp. More than 570 entries were submitted for the 2014 contest.
Students include a conservation message on their art submissions. Powell’s Brennah Lane, age 16, submitted the winning conservation message, “By preserving the wetlands, we preserve wildlife.” Lane’s message and the winning image, painted by Andrew Kneeland of Rock Springs, will advance to the 2014 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Other Powell students represented in the Wyoming traveling exhibit include, in grade seven through nine, first place winner Brett Gilman, second places Jennifer Bonander and Claire Miner, third place Jacinta Schneider and honorable mentions Austin Asher, Trent Cannon, Rayven Faxon, Mary Lynn, Bethany McCaslin, Megan Rosdahl, Kalina Smith, Shattuck Swenson and Brooke Tucker.
In the 10-12 grade category, Sierra Morrow repeated her first place award from the 2013 contest, followed by Cydney Barrus in second. Third-place winners are Cassidi Partridge, Ishmael Dominguez and Haley Wichman.
Grade 10-12 honorable mention winners are Nicole Birdsley, Lexi Brady, Alex Flom, Trevor Hardisty, Sara Harrison, Dawson Hutzenbieler, Sarah Jean O’Neill, Brennah Lane, Jessica Meredith, Amber Munjar, Marina Pomeroy, Jacob Prante, Grady Sanders and Victori Sleep.
The middle school artists are all students of Jane Woods. The high school students study under Jim Gilman.
“I encourage the community to come see the wonderful art created by our young people,” said Denise Kelsay, NWC’s art and galleries coordinator. “Powell is well represented in this show. We have a lot to be proud of.”
The junior duck stamp program uses both conservation and design principles to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to students in kindergarten through high school. It provides an opportunity for students to artistically express their knowledge of the diversity, interdependence and beauty of wildlife.
The “2014 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program Artwork” will hang through Tuesday, Dec. 16, in SinClair Gallery. Located in the Orendorff Building, the gallery is officially open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., however, the public is invited to view this special exhibit any weekday from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission is free.