The State-Fish Art Contest, sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, uses art to ignite kid's imagination while teaching them about fish and fishing. Students across the United States and around the world have the opportunity to win awards and national recognition while learning about a state-fish species, its behaviors, aquatic habitat and conservation.
"The contest brings aquatic conservation not only to students but also to their teachers and families" remarks Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation at Bass Pro Shops.
This year's distinguished panels of judges will select the 2018 National Winners the day after Earth Day. The national and state winners will be announced Wednesday, May 9, 2017 and displayed on the State-Fish Art website. (Art: largemouth bass by Alyssa D., 9th Grade, Oregon)
The 20th Annual State-Fish Art EXPO is a mini-EXPO held August 10-12 in Hot Springs, Arkansas during the Forrest Wood Cup, the World Championship of Bass Fishing. The State-Fish Art Wall of Fame will showcase the winning students artwork from across the nation in the four grade categories. The online public voting for the People's Choice Award will be during the month of July with the final votes cast in person at the Cup onAugust 11th. The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show award will also be announced on stage. The event is open to the public free of charge. Drop by and meet the staff at the State-Fish Art booth
Remember, the deadline is March 31st ... catch some memories and enter the State-Fish Art Contest!
About the State-Fish Art Contest
The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest is entering its 20th Anniversary year of bringing children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state-fish and written words detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. It is available on CD, at no charge, and for download. Entries are due postmarked byMarch 31st each year. For all the 2018 details and to view the 2017 winning images visit www.statefishart.org.
About Bass Pro Shops®
Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company. Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers."