Calling all inspired K-12 Artists!

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is hosting our 2nd annual Art Contest for youth in Alaska from kindergarten through twelfth grade. This year’s theme is Alaska animal adaptations. The art should relate to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center mission, the rest is up to you! Please read the full rules and submission requirements.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Mission:

“The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research and quality animal care.”

Entry Overview

Submissions must be postmarked by February 1st, 2020. Winners will be announced Friday March 20th. Following the announcement up to 36 selected artists will be displayed at a special art event at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center inside our education building Bison Hall. Date and time to be determined. Art will remain on display in Bison Hall, as a temporary exhibit, for the week following the event. All artists will be invited to attend the art opening and receive two tickets for the event free of charge. Additional tickets will cost our regular admissions rate.

For entries to be successfully submitted and reviewed by our team all entries must be:

  1. Submitted by the deadline, directly to AWCC.
    • Submissions must be postmarked by February 1st to:
      • Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center PO Box 949 Girdwood, AK 99587
      • Or dropped off at AWCC by February 1st.
  2. Hand done submissions should be no larger than 8.5 by 11 inches.
  3. Hand done submissions may include pencil, ink, crayon, marker, paint or other drawing and painting implements, but should not include 3 dimensional embellishments like glitter, buttons, stickers or pompoms. This is because entries may be scanned into digital formats.
  4. Hand done entries should be submitted in a 8.5 by 11 flat envelope, please do not fold, with the entry form attached to the back of each entry. Classrooms, schools and other groups may submit multiple entries in one envelope.
    • It is imperative that each entry has an entry form attached to the back.
  5. Digital submissions may be submitted as a high resolution .pdf with 300 dpi or higher.
  6. Digital submissions must also include the original source file, ideally scalable vector graphic in EPS format.
  7. There may be no more than 2 entries per entrant.
  8. Entries must include the entry form with signed permissions, and include name, age, and contact information.
  9. Entrants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian represent them and sign all permissions.
  10. Entries cannot contain copyrighted materials or images of licensed images that have been previously published. All art must be created and edited by the entrant(s) for the purpose of this contest. All entries will become the sole property of AWCC and may be displayed publicly.
  11. Questions can be sent to


Each entrant whose art is selected to be shown in our temporary exhibit in Bison Hall will be invited to the art opening held at AWCC in Bison Hall. They will receive two tickets to the event, any additional guests will be able to purchase entry for our regular admissions price. Date and time to be announced. The art will remain on display in Bison Hall for the week following the event.

Certificates will be given to entrants for selection in the temporary art exhibit as well as for selection in various categories as determined by our team. For example: artwork that exemplifies a unique adaptation, embodies AWCC’s mission, or staff’s pick.

Judging and Selection

All entries will be considered by a team of AWCC staff. Our team will select entries to be displayed in the temporary exhibit in Bison Hall and to be recognized in special categories.

Click here to download the Registration and Consent Form 2020

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