Wildlife of Arkansas
Student Art Contest

The 2023 contest has concluded.

About the Student Art Contest

The theme Wildlife of Arkansas acknowledges the natural beauty of Arkansas by providing the perfect inspiration for students to explore their natural surroundings and their artistic abilities. The term wildlife is not limited to animals, but can also include wildflowers, natural landscapes, streams and rivers, etc.

The Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest is made possible by the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, with support from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, guidance from the creative folks at Creative Ideas, invaluable volunteers, and the expertise of professional judges.

The contest is held each school year with a deadline for submissions in the spring. Information for the 2024 contest will be publicized in fall/winter of 2023.

Guidelines for Art (painting, drawing or collage)
Contest is FREE and open to K–12th grade students in Arkansas. 
One entry per student accepted.
Artwork must be student’s original work completed in the 2022-2023 school year. 
All submissions must be titled.  

The art contest is virtual  with judging done via photographs that are submitted online. Medium can be oil, acrylic, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, graphite, ink, and mixed media on canvas, wood, paper or poster board no larger than 24″x32″. 

Three tips for taking awesome pictures of your Artwork:
#1 Use good lighting- the best is non-direct outside lighting. No glare or shadows.
#2 Make sure it’s in focus and flat.
#3 Edit it…but do it sparingly.  (Crop it, adjust lighting, etc., just make sure the image represents your actual artwork!)

For more tips on how to photograph your artwork check out this video: 

Artwork submitted online will be judged on creativity, skill, and interpretation of the theme. A panel of professional artists will select 4 winners in each grade.  

In addition to cash awards, winning artwork may be part of a traveling art exhibition that will be showcased at locations around the state.

Awards are as follows:
Awards to be given to students with top art in each grade. 

Event Disclaimer
Judges decisions are final. 
Arkansas Wildlife Federation reserves the right to reproduce submitted artwork for informational and promotional purposes.

Not responsible for lost or damaged art.

*Important: Teacher or student is responsible for entering artwork in the correct grade level for each student.