Annual Youth Art Contest Extends Deadline

Annual Youth Art Contest Extends Deadline

MILLERSBURG, PA – The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art today announced it is accepting entries for the 26th Annual Youth Art Contest until June 7. The theme for 2017 is “The Young of North America”; young artists are encouraged to show their favorite wild baby animals that are indigenous to North America in their natural habitat.

Aspiring artists, grades 1 through 12 (or equivalent) are encouraged to enter the contest. All artwork must represent wildlife of North America in its natural habitat. All subjects depicted in the artwork must be identified (scientific and common name) and listed on the entry form.

Entries are categorized by the artist’s age: grades 1-3, grades 4-6, grades 7-9 and grades 10-12. First, second, and third place winners and an honorable mention winner will be selected from each category. Certificates and ribbons will be awarded at the Ned Smith Center’s Nature and Arts Festival on Saturday, July 27.

All entries must be submitted with a completed, official entry form, available for download on the Ned Smith Center’s website. For specific rules and instructions please visit the Center’s website at, look under Education and Youth Art Contest.

Questions about the Youth Art Contest should be directed to Santino Lauricella, Education Coordinator, at 717-692-3699, or via email at


Extended 2019 Youth Art Contest Rules and Entry Form

CLICK HERE to see the winners of the 2018 contest!

Students from across the country participate in the annual youth art contest, designed to inspire the next generation of wildlife artists.

Winning entries are exhibited at the Center during the Nature and Arts Festival, as well as at the Gratz Fair in Gratz, PA.

Entry and Deadline

  • Include a completed entry form which must be adhered to the back of the original artwork along with the required $8.00 entry fee. Checks can be made payable to: Ned Smith Center
  • Entry must be postmarked by June 7, 2019 or hand-delivered by 3:00 p.m.  June 1, 2019 to:

Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art
ATTN:  Nature Youth Art Contest
176 Water Company Road
Millersburg, PA  17061

(717) 692-3699

Please read and ensure that all of the requirements are met.


*Not following the rules below will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Artists must be in/or equivalent to grades 1 through 12 during the school year of 2018-2019.
  • Artwork must represent a young, yearling, or baby of any wildlife species native to North America.
  • All subjects depicted in the artwork must be identified (scientific AND common name) and listed on the entry formAll artwork must be original, and must feature wild animals (NOT domesticated animals) in a habitat appropriate for that particular species.
  • All submitted work must measure exactly 9” x 12” and may be horizontal or vertical.
  • All submitted work must be accompanied by a fully completed and legible entry form.
  • No three-dimensional work will be accepted.
  • Any medium is accepted: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, etc. PLEASE NOTE:  Pastels or charcoal entries must be properly sprayed to prevent smearing.
  • Artwork will not be accepted if it is matted, framed, or altered with any type of mounting, backing material, or layers of additional paper. Entries painted on canvas supported by stretcher bars are permitted.
  • Photographs and computer-generated artwork will not be accepted.
  • Signatures or initials must appear on the front of the artwork, be no larger than 1” x 1.5” and be located in one of the two lower corners.
  • Only one entry per student will be permitted.
  • Students should not copy published artwork, it is called plagiarism. Acknowledgement and credit must be placed on the entry form for any published piece by which the student has gained inspiration. Please provide the following information.

Name of publication (National Wildlife, PA Game News, etc.)

Date published

Full name of artist

Title of artwork

Web Address (if applicable)

  • If you would like your piece returned please include: A self-addressed and postage paid envelope, a minimum of $3.00 paid postage, which will fit a 13” x 16” piece of artwork. This ensures ample space for the return of the entries awarded 1st – Honorable Mention, which will be professionally mounted by the Center for exhibit purposes. Failure to include an envelope or postage may result in your piece not being returned regardless of the return method checked.
  • The artwork and all paper correspondence will be mailed to the address provided on the entry form. If you would like your artwork returned to a different address, please include a note indicating so.
  • Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art:
  • has the right to use the name, state, and grade of any Ned Smith Center contestant, without compensation, to administer and promote the contest.
  • has the right to use a photograph (if taken at a Ned Smith Center function) of any contestant, without compensation, to administer and promote the contest.
  • retains ownership of copies and scans of all entries and may copy, modify, distribute and publicly display it.
  • can keep the winning entries, up to 18 months, for promotional and display purposes. Continued on second page à
  • may produce products such as posters, prints, T-shirts, notecards, etc. from winning entries to promote the Ned Smith Center and the Youth Art Contest.
  • reserves the right to destroy unclaimed entries after 18 months.
  • will not insure entries it receives or be responsible for loss of or damage to the entries.
  • will credit artist, title, and year of entry for any reproduction of entry created by the Ned Smith Center.
  • has the right to keep and display indefinitely any entry awarded “Best in Show,” which will be added to the Center’s permanent art collection. The Center will provide the recipient with (5) high-resolution prints, as well as a digital scan of the original entry.


  • Prizes will be awarded in each category (1st – 3rd grade, 4th – 6th grade, 7th – 9th grade, 10th – 12th grade).
  • The winners will be notified by mail.
  • All winners (1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mentions) will receive a Certificate of Award, a ribbon, and additional prizes.