Eagan 5th-grader Gets Grand Prize Art Award 23 Apr 12

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Endangered Species Coalition, Association of Zoos and Aquariums and Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans proudly announce the winners of the 2012 Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. The art contest is an integral part of the seventh annual national Endangered Species Day on May 18, 2012.

This year’s grand prize was awarded to 11-year-old Sky Waters, a fifth-grader from Eagan, Minnesota, for his depiction of a woodland caribou.

“The level of quality and record number of submissions from over 2,100 immensely talented children across the country is inspiring,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “Through art, students are using their imaginations and learning about threatened and endangered species. This creates an enthusiasm for wildlife, instilling a love for nature and the desire to learn how to protect it.”

Young artists from throughout the country entered the annual contest, which is an ideal opportunity to learn about and promote the conservation of endangered species through art.

The winners are:

Grand Prize:
Sky Waters (5th grade)
Eagan, MN

First place winners in grade categories:

Grades K-2:
Jasmine Lee
Freemont, CA

Grades 3-5:
Timothy Erwin
Davis, CA

Grades 6-8:
Meilynn Shi
San Diego, CA

Grades 9-12:
Ella Chen Pauline Chen
Quitman, LA Temple City, CA

The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers, scientists and conservationists, including Wyland, the marine artist; Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild; David Littschwager, a freelance photographer and regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine; Susan Middletown, a photographer who has collaborated with Littschwager and whose own work has been published in four books; and Tom Sachs, whose work can be found in major museums worldwide.

Sky will be honored at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Congressional Reception in Washington, D.C. on May 9, 2012, and have his name engraved on a special trophy. In addition, he will receive an art lesson from Wyland, a plaque, and art supplies. First place category winners will receive a plaque and art supplies.

Forty semifinalists were chosen by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art/University of New Orleans, which will display the artwork in a special exhibit opening June14, 2012.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also sponsored a Minnesota Youth Art Contest that focused solely on species listed in Minnesota. The Minnesota Endangered Species Youth Art Contest will be judged May 9 and winners announced the following week.

To see the winning artwork, visit http://stopextinction.org/media/ESDArt.html.