NatureWorks – Sutton Award for Student Conservation Art

Sutton Scholarship Award

2019 Sutton Award


Because people do not care about the things they do not know, EDUCATION is crucial to all of our conservation efforts.  As an added challenge, we know that many young people have few opportunities to interact directly with nature and continue to be more and more disconnected from our natural world.

2019 marks the 15th consecutive year of the partnership between the Sutton Avian Research Center and NatureWorks, Inc.  Through this Award more than 2,600 Oklahoma High School students have been encouraged to communicate conservation through art.

Today, as schools struggle to afford enrichment programs like the arts, it is exciting to be able to connect our conservation mission with schools to provide significant scholarships (up to $20,000) for students AND their teachers who work so hard to run their programs on shoestring budgets.

Here are a few pictures from our 2019 reception and awards ceremony. Congratulations to our winners, and thank you to all who entered! Be sure to visit the NatureWorks Art Show and Sale March 2-3 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa to see our winners on display along with the works of professional wildlife and western artists!


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The Sutton Award is free to enter and open to Oklahoma High School students grades 10-12 (public, private or homeschool). In addition to the artwork, each student submits a 250 word essay that explains how his or her work communicates information about a current conservation issue.  Each submission is judged 2/3 on artwork and 1/3 on essay.

The entry period for the 2019 award is now closed. Visit again in the fall of 2019 for information about the 2020 award!

Categories:  2D, 3D, photography


December 1- Online Submissions Open | January 10- Online Submissions Close at Midnight | January 11- Artwork Drop-Off | January 12- Artwork Drop-Off | January 15-February 2- Artwork on Display at the HIVE in Jenks (call 918-299-5005 for gallery hours)  | February 2- Sutton Award Reception (1 to 3 pm) and Artwork Pick Up (3:30-4:30) | March 1-3, 2019: NatureWorks Wildlife Art Show and Sale, Renaissance Hotel, Tulsa


Join us for the Award Reception on Saturday, February 2  from 1:00-3:00 at the Hive Gallery (115 S 1st St.) in Jenks, Oklahoma.  All artwork entries will be on display.  Dress is nice casual.  Family and friends are welcome to attend.  A people’s choice award will be selected along with the Sutton Award winner announcements!

All non-winning artwork must be taken home after the reception.  The gallery will be closed at 4:30.  Please make arrangements for your artwork to be picked up if you are unable to attend.  Winning artwork will remain with the Sutton Center following the reception and will be displayed at the NatureWorks Art Show & Sale March 1-3 at the Renaissance Hotel in Tulsa.

PUBLIC VIEWING of Sutton Award entries will be available at the Hive in Jenks (115 S 1st St) from January 15 to February 2, 2019.

Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund. Your support not only helps young artists, but encourages students to learn more about wildlife and the need to conserve our natural heritage. If you would like more information about participating in the 2019 Sutton Award or becoming a sponsor, please contact Audra Fogle, Director of Development.

This adorable hedgehog sculpture turned the head of hundreds at the NatureWorks show! Congratulations to People’s Choice winner, Madeline Fyffe, 11th Broken Arrow HS

Halle Brucks, 1st Place Winner from Metro Christian Academy and art teacher Ruth Vesanen.

Thank you to our 2018 sponsors!

Barbara Bates

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