Entries Sought for 2009 Waterfowl and Pheasant Stamp Deign Contests

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MADISON – Contestants for the 2009 Wisconsin waterfowl and pheasant stamp design contests will have an exciting change of venue this year. Judging will be held in concurrence with premier of the 48th Annual Art and the Animal Exhibition at the Neville Public Museum in Green Bay.

The primary focus of the Art and the Animal Exhibition is to emphasize and explore the importance of animals of all types and their relationships to society. As part of the pre-opening events for the exhibition, Department of Natural Resources wildlife management staff will give a public presentation on the history of the waterfowl and pheasant stamp programs and discuss how wildlife artwork has been central to habitat conservation efforts.

More information about Art and the Animal Exhibition and related events is available on the Neville Public Museum’s Web site at [www.nevillepublicmuseum.org].

The contest judging will take place on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at the Neville Public Museum and it will be followed by a reception for the artists. All artwork submitted will remain on display until August 24.

Contest entries will be accepted from June 2 through July 28, 2008.

All stamp contest applicants should take note that there have been some important amendments to the submission requirements from previous years to ensure that artwork can be properly processed and prepared for display at the museum. Please review contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of all entries. The 2009 contest rules, entry forms, and reproduction rights agreement for Pheasant Stamp and Waterfowl Stamp are available on the DNR Web site: Pheasant Stamp Contest Rules (PDF) and Waterfowl Stamp Contest Rules.

Artists who are on the DNR’s waterfowl and pheasant stamp contest mailing list will be mailed the appropriate contest forms in the next few weeks. Other people interested in requesting contest information should contact: Waterfowl Stamp – Michele Cipiti, Assistant Wetland Specialist, 608-266-7408 or Pheasant Stamp- Sharon Fandel, Assistant Upland Ecologist, 608-261-8458