Sutton Award for Student Conservation Art – 2016

"Hope for the Hopeless" by Emily Kang - 2015 First Place and Peoples Choice

“Hope for the Hopeless” by Emily Kang – 2015 First Place and Peoples Choice

The 12th annual Sutton Award for Student Conservation Art will once again be supporting young artists in the form of major scholarships. Awardees will be provided a monetary award and given the opportunity to showcase their work as part of the NatureWorks wildlife art show March 4-6, 2016.

Any Oklahoma student in Grades 10 (Sophomore) through 12 (Senior) may apply for the award by providing a piece of art that represents or portrays any conservation topic. The artwork may be two-dimensional (paintings, drawings, photographs, etc.) or three-dimensional (carvings, sculpture, etc.) and qualify as fine art, a photo essay, or an advertisement (including digitally-produced layouts). The artwork must be accompanied by an essay which outlines and elaborates upon the conservation topic depicted in the artwork itself, with this essay accounting for 33.3% of the total score during the judging process.

If you (or a high-school student you know) have an interest in conservation and a talent for art, please consider an entry into the Sutton Award scholarship contest. Approximately $20,000 will be disbursed among many awardees as part of this long-running and highly effective program to stimulate conservation art among Oklahoma students.

Read more about the program in the Sutton Award 2016 flyer and then download the Sutton Award Application 2016 and prepare your materials for the January 11-15 submission period!


Please consider filling out a survey about your experience with and career development since participating in the Sutton Award contest. Your insights will be very useful for us to sustain and improve the program!

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