Starting Monday, winners of the 2019 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program will be featured in an exhibit in Northwest College’s SinClair Gallery through Dec. 13. More than 100 of the …
Starting Monday, winners of the 2019 Wyoming Junior Duck Stamp Program will be featured in an exhibit in Northwest College’s SinClair Gallery through Dec. 13. More than 100 of the top-prize-winning images — including the artwork of local students — will be on display.
This year, 211 art entries were received from kindergarten through 12th grade students throughout the state of Wyoming.
The program is a part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, which is a national conservation education program and stamp design contest. The comprehensive educational program uses the principles of conservation and design to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl biology to children of all ages. Proceeds from stamp sales support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers and schools participating in the program.
Wyoming’s 2019 “Best of Show” artwork was awarded to Brianna Simmons, 18, of Cody, for a watercolor rendition of a pair of northern pintail drakes titled “Pintails in Flight.” Simmons attended Powell High School.
The other artists who placed in the top five for Wyoming included Brylee Schuler, Riley Schiller and Jace Bohlman of Powell and Kaylee Cornia of Cokeville.
Students were also able to include a “conservation message” with their artwork, which summarizes what they learned through the program.
Cydney Brown, 15, of Cokeville submitted this year’s winning message: “A future without conservation is like a canvas without paint.”
Additionally, Wyoming’s Junior Duck Stamp Program awards a “Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award” to the youngest age group (kindergarten through sixth grade) to an artist the judges feel “exhibits exemplary artistic promise.” This year’s award went to 9-year-old Kashton Walker of Cokeville for a colored pencil depiction of a harlequin drake.
The program is designed to give students an opportunity to artistically express their knowledge of wildlife’s diversity, interdependence and beauty.
The SinClair Gallery is located in the Orendorff Building. It is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact Denise Kelsay, art and galleries coordinator at NWC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 307-754-6499.