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First Annual Art with an Explanation Contest: calling all Fourth Graders!

Art is for the Birds!

Enter your original mixed media piece following the theme: The Birds and Seeds to participate in the first annual Art with an Explanation Contest at Lichterman Nature Center.  Be creative!  All mixed media pieces accepted from beads to coffee grounds to recycled materials to watercolors to sketch art. 

The first annual Art with an Explanation Contest will be held at Lichterman Nature Center with art exhibit and awards presentation at The Birds and Seeds Event on Saturday, January 26, 2019.  Cash prizes will be awarded to first, second and third place winner(s).  Individual and group projects welcome. All participants must be current fourth grade students and only one entry per individual or group may be entered into contest.

AWARDS:   1st = $100;   2nd = $75;  3rd = $50

Mixed media work must be entered with registration form and an index card with no more than three sentences or bullet points stating why the artist(s) believe their piece best fits the theme: The Birds and Seeds.  On back of index card, student’s name(s), school(s) and homeroom teacher(s) must be provided.

Pieces must be displayed by hanging from wall by command hooks and/or string for easy removal, sitting on a table, easel or floor, or self-standing with no size requirement or restraints.  If needed, easels must be provided by artist(s).   

Final deadline for art pieces is Thursday, January 24th, 2018 as judging will take place on Friday, January 25th.  Pieces may be dropped off at Lichterman Nature Center, 5992 Quince Road, Memphis, TN, 38119 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday (1/18/2019) and Saturday (1/19/2019); OR 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday (1/22/2019) and Wednesday (1/23/2019) OR Thursday (1/24/2019) from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Because we know how busy our teachers, parents and students truly are, staff members from Lichterman Nature Center will be picking up art pieces

for judging by appointment from  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 and 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Thursday, January 24, 2019.  This service is completely complimentary.  For pick-up appointment, please e-mail Dr. Dawn Manning at dawn.manning [at] memphistn [dot] gov by Tuesday, January 22nd at 5:00 p.m.             

For more information, e-mail or call Lichterman reservations at nature.reservations [at] memphistn [dot] gov, 901-636-2221 or email Dr. Dawn Manning at dawn.manning [at] memphistn [dot] gov

.More information and registration forms are available at www.memphismuseums.org.  Registration forms will be accepted via e-mail, dawn.manning [at] memphistn [dot] gov, beginning 

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