Time for the Texas state-fish art competition

aartAspiring artists from Kindergarten through high school should get ready to draw some fish.


It’s time to start preparing your entries for the 2013 Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest.


The contest is open to all students in public, private or home schools. Entry deadline is March 31 each year.


Contest rules, guidelines, entry information and details about the contest can be found at www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishart.


The Texas first-place winner in grades 10-12 wins $1,000; second place $750; third place $500. Prizes in the 4-6 and 7-9 grade levels are $100 for first; $75 for second; $50 for third.


Funding from the Toyota Texas Bass Classic also provides a travel allowance for first-place Texas winners and their families to attend the national State-Fish Art Expo, which will be held July 12, 2013, at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia. Texas winners will compete with winners from other states for national awards at the Expo.


One outstanding piece of artwork each year is selected for the Art of Conservation Award, and a commemorative stamp featuring the artwork is produced for sale. Proceeds from sales of the stamp are used to fund conservation projects.


Educators who wish to have their students enter the contest can download the free “State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan” at www.statefishart.com. The interdisciplinary curriculum includes lessons and activities, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary and student worksheets.