2022 Sutton Art Award


About the Award

Sutton Award_2022 flyer (PDF)

Sutton Award -2022 Entry Form


The Sutton Art Award Scholarship Program Extends Submission Deadline and Goes Virtual for 2022

– Due to the sudden return to distance learning for so many of our Oklahoma schools, the George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center’s eighteenth annual statewide Sutton Art Award will go virtual again this year.  Submission deadlines are extended through Monday, January 31st at 5:00 p.m.

The Sutton Avian Research Center, an internationally renowned ornithological research and conservation organization based near Bartlesville, OK, offers an annual statewide scholarship competition known as the Sutton Art Award. The Sutton Art Award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash, which will be distributed to winning student submissions and their instructors as determined by the selection committee. This award recognizes those students who demonstrate the ability to communicate current conservation topics in compelling ways.

Due to COVID-19, entries will be submitted and judged online. Details about the Showcase and Awards Ceremony will be posted on our website and sent via email to all participants and teachers.  A gallery will be displayed on the Sutton Avian Research Center’s website.

The Sutton Center is proud to have an additional, presenting scholarship partner, NatureWorks, Inc. Located in Tulsa, NatureWorks is a non-profit organization assisting in the development and conservation of wildlife preserves, wildlife habitats, and educational opportunities for adults and children regarding the values of sharing our homeland with wildlife. With the generosity and financial support of NatureWorks and many others, the Sutton Award scholarship program is able to offer financial recognition to Oklahoma’s high school artists as well as to many of their teachers and school programs.

Online submissions began on January 3.  In support of the many Oklahoma art teachers who have worked diligently with students to prepare artwork, but are now unable to submit the entries due to school closures, the submission portal will remain open through Monday, January 31st at 5:00p.m. 


Established in 2005 by the Sutton Avian Research Center, the Sutton Award recognizes high school students who demonstrate the ability to communicate current conservation topics in compelling ways. The Sutton Award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash which will be distributed to winning student submissions and their instructors as determined by the selection committee.

1. Student must be a current Oklahoma student (public, private, or home schooled) in grades 9-12.

2. Student must not be an employee or an immediate family member of an employee of the Sutton Center or NatureWorks.

Submission Requirements
1. There is no entry fee.

2. Only one entry per student.

3. Create and submit a presentation piece that tells an intriguing story about a current conservation topic such as water, air or soil quality, or wildlife conservation. The project should specifically focus on your personal interest and/or involvement in conservation. (This accounts for two-thirds of total score.) If you would like to know more about threatened and endangered species in Oklahoma and help tell their stories, go to https://www.WildlifeDepartment.com/wildlife/wildlife-diversity/threatened-and-endangered

4. Compose a short essay where you tell us about the wildlife conservation story behind your artwork and what you want people to know about the topic. (This accounts for one-third of total score.)

a. Essay Formatting: Word document, one-page, double spaced, 12 pt. Arial font, 1 inch margins, no indents, black/white print, no background, title of your piece (boldfaced and centered) at the top of the page.

b. Title of your essay should match the title of your piece.

c. Do NOT include your name or school on your essay.

d. Proper grammar, spelling, etc. count toward your score.

e. Essays will be displayed alongside your Fine Art piece.

5. Choose ONE of the following format categories for your presentation:

a. 2-D Category: Submissions may include painting, drawing, etc. Submission must be matted and wrapped, no larger than 24”x24” (including mat).

b. 3-D Category: Submissions may include sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, etc. No video submissions will be accepted.

c. Photography Category: Submissions may include up to 6 color or black/white photographs. Photos must be matted and wrapped, with a total combined size no larger than 24”x24” (including mats).

6. Your essay and a photo of your Fine Art piece must be submitted online at www.suttoncenter.org/art. Online submission is open January 3 – January 13. Online submission ends at Midnight CST on January 13. No late submissions will be accepted.

Submission Locations

See above for online submission instructions.

Award Notification
See above for new information.

5. The committee’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be exchanged.

For more information: www.suttoncenter.org/art or contact afogle@suttoncenter.org or call Audra Fogle O: 918-336-7778 / C: 918-408-1128

Thank you for participating in the Sutton Award!

Sutton Award_2022 flyer (PDF)

Sutton Award -2022 Entry Form


Essay Contest Judging Rubric (PDF)

Creating a Strong Work of Art (PDF)


We look forward to 2022!  Thank you for being a part of “finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world!”  



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