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Arts For The Parks announces its 22nd annual call to traditional artists, digital artists and photographers for “The Arts For Parks 2008 Competition”.

Inspired by the spirit of pioneer landscape artists such as Thomas Moran, Albert Bierstadt and Carl Rungius, to name a few, this 22nd instalment of Arts For The Parks presents to the public the beauty and grandeur of our parks as portrayed by some of the world’s leading artists.

Winning artists are given the chance to show their work to a large audience of particularly appreciative art lovers. They stand to receive one of over 15 prestigious awards and compete for over $15,000 in cash prizes.  Their work will be displayed in exhibitions in Washington DC and throughout the country.

Take your place beside the prestigious winners of past competitions such as Barry Raybould, Richard Schmid, Michael Coleman, Lanford Monroe, Ken Carlson and Dean Mitchell to name just a few. 

The Grand Prize, Silver Medal and Bronze Medal winners will be awarded cash prizes and have their artwork published as limited edition, museum quality prints.  Additional licensed merchandise containing their images may be included in books, posters, calendars, note-cards, and other commemorative merchandise. Top 100 finalists will have their works displayed and have their artwork sold as open-ended prints.

Winning artists will be featured in a media relations campaign aimed at print, broadcast and online media.

The deadline to submit your entry is August 31, 2008. The Early Bird Entry Fee is $40 through May 31, 2008 and $50 thereafter. The final deadline is August 31, 2008. Additional art may be submitted for $20 per Entry.  A separate Entry Form is required for each additional Entry.

As in the past, we are priveleged to include the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) as a major partner in our mission.NPCA The National Parks Conservation Association is America’s only private, non profit advocacy organization dedicated solely to protecting, preserving, and enhancing the National Park System and expends amounts approaching $20 million annually in support of those goals. You can learn more about the NPCA by clicking on the image above.

In addition to the potential for Prizes and Awards, every participating artist receives a $25 membership in the NPCA, a subscription to National Parks Magazine,  and a heavy duty fleece blanket bearing the NPCA logo as  special recognition for participation and support.

More information is available in the Prospectus or you can go right to the Online Entry Form.

Congratulations to Carol Munro for her winning photograph titled “View From Mt. Hood”. Click on the image for a larger view.

View From Mt. Hood

This 11 x 14 oil of Yosemite National Park has earned artist Barry John Raybould our 2007 Gold Medal as the Grand Prize Winner.  Our congratulations and thanks go out to him for this painterly scene and for his participation in the 2007 Competition.

To view a larger image of this wonderful artwork, click on the image below.

Yosemite Sentinels

Congratulations to our 2007 Silver Medalists. These artworks were among the top four works selected as finalists. Our Grand Prize Winner will be announced on Wednesday. We will also be posting the online galleries at that time. We thank these artists and all the other artists who contributed to preserving our parks and this great competition by participating in this event.

Click on the image below for a larger version.

Early Days At Rodman Ranch

The Gold and Silver Medalists for the 2007 contest will be announced beginning on Monday. Finalists were selected by our panel of artists, gallery owners and museum curators. The 2007 Gold Medal Winner will be selected by Peter Spooner, Curator of the Tweed Museum of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota Duluth. We would like to thank Peter for his time and efforts on behalf of Arts For The Parks.  

Congratulations go out to photographer Thomas Biggs. His photograph “Autumn At GreenBrier” has been selected by Arts For The Parks for the American Parks Heritage Award. Congratulations also go out to all artists that took part in this contest sponsored by FanArtReview.com.  It was very well received and we look forward to continuing this portion of our annual  contest. 

Click on the image for a larger view. 

Autumn At Greenbrier

Congratulations to digital artist Dianna Tilley who was named the winner of the FanArtReview.com “Digital Arts For The Parks” award. Her image “We The People” memorializes the National Mall in Washington, DC. Click on the image to view larger size.

We The People

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