The Buffalo Bill Center of the West invites Park County high school students to submit artwork to enhance the Center’s new Teen Room, inaugurated this fall.
Submissions are due November 19 and should respond to the theme, “What does Wyoming mean to me?” Any Park County student in grades 9 – 12 for the current school year may enter. Selected works will hang in the Center’s new Teen Room from December 2018 through May 2019.
“Last spring, we formed our Youth Advisory Board, a group of local high school students who have committed to increasing teen interest in the Center,” explains Emily Buckles, the Center’s Interpretive Specialist and Natural Science Educator. “This amazing group has all kinds of ideas to enhance the visitor experience for teens—and for all our guests—and so far, has implemented a scavenger hunt for each of the Center’s galleries and created a special Teen Room.”
The Advisory Board, represented by Cody High School students Colton Manchester and Brynja Stalcup, first proposed the teen room idea in July, suggesting the Center create a space where local (Big Horn Basin) high schoolers can eat lunch, do homework, use computers, relax with friends, study, and enjoy games (low tech and high tech)—all surrounded by the treasures of the Center of the West collections.
“And now it’s time for our local high schoolers to make the area their own,” Buckles adds. “Artwork on the Wyoming theme enriches the space and attracts many more teens.”
Contest guidelines are:
- Submit artwork to the Center of the West by 4 p.m. on Monday, November 19th, 2018. Bring entries to the Security Desk.
- Include a signed entry form complete with parent/guardian approval. E-mail Buckles at [email protected] to receive the form (name and address, birthdate, artwork title, and a description of the work in 150 words or less), or pick one up at the Center’s Security Desk, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. daily.
- Artwork must be two-dimensional and no larger than 18 x 24 inches—matted, framed, and have wire or string for hanging.
- Create a piece of artwork using acrylic, oil, and watercolor paint; pencils, pen and ink, and markers; or charcoal or pastels—all produced on paper or canvas to represent the theme, “What does Wyoming mean to me?”
- No digital artwork will be accepted.
- Winners are selected by a panel of judges from the Park County art community, and cash prizes are awarded to the first three place winners: $100-first prize; $50-second prize; and $25-third prize.
For more information, contact Buckles at [email protected] or 307-578-4110.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Twitter.
IMAGE: Admiring their hard work is the Center of the West Youth Advisory Board members, L–R, Paige Martinez, Daniel Deming, Julia Cook, Carter Schutzman, Colton Manchester, Logan Schutzman, and Jasper Crofts.