newsshenandoah youth art contest open statewide this year

Shenandoah National Park youth art contest open statewide this year

Crochet Bloodroot by Madeline Talbert was a submission in last year’s contest.

Shenandoah National Park’s “Youth Wildflower Art Contest” is statewide this year.

The contest, for kindergarten through 12th grade public, private and homeschooled students, combines native spring wildflowers with youth creativity. Art submissions are welcome online from February 13 through April 7, 2023. Students may submit their own art, or have a teacher, parent or guardian submit their art.

Art submissions must lay flat and be approximately 8.5 by 11 inches in media such as acrylic, crayon, watercolor, fiber, pencil, charcoal, small crochet or knit projects. Projects of 3D pieces, computer-generated and digital art and photographs of flowers will not be accepted.

Awards will go to top entries in each of four grade levels, as well as the “Best in Show.” Top entry winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in May and winning art will be on display in the park.

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca Barnabi

Rebecca J. Barnabi is the national editor of Augusta Free Press. A graduate of the University of Mary Washington, she began her journalism career at The Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star. In 2013, she was awarded first place for feature writing in the Maryland, Delaware, District of Columbia Awards Program, and was honored by the Virginia School Boards Association’s 2019 Media Honor Roll Program for her coverage of Waynesboro Schools. Her background in newspapers includes writing about features, local government, education and the arts.

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