2022 Sutton Art Award


About the Award

Sutton Award_2022 flyer (PDF)

Sutton Award -2022 Entry Form


View a gallery of the winning entries at: https://2022suttonaward.artcall.org/pages/web-gallery

Please visit the annual NatureWorks Art Show & Sale February 26-27 in Tulsa to see incredible wildlife and western art, as well as the Sutton Center booth where the art of our student winners will be on display!

Show hours:
10am to 5pm – Saturday
11am to 5pm – Sunday

Tulsa Marriott Southern Hills
1902 East 71st Street – Tulsa, OK 74136

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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