April 26, 2011
MADISON - Wisconsin artists can again submit artwork for consideration for the 2012 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamps in a contest that will be judged August 27 in Baraboo.
After a successful inaugural event last year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has decided to once again hold the judging for all three contests at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo. The Leopold Center and the surrounding 1,500-acre Leopold Memorial Reserve offer the perfect setting in which to explore and appreciate the earliest attempts at habitat restoration in Wisconsin and to celebrate the contribution of wildlife art to habitat conservation.
The DNR Bureau of Wildlife Management will be accepting stamp contest entries from May 10 through August 8, 2011. The contest judging will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, and will be followed by a small reception for the artists and public from 3 to 5 p.m.
"We are pleased to be able to offer our dedicated stamp artists the opportunity to have their artwork publicly displayed in this unique setting, and those attending the event will have the chance to view approximately 50 pieces of wildlife artwork from artists across the state," said Tom Hauge, director of wildlife management.
In addition, those in attendance will be the first to get a "sneak peek" of the winning designs for the 2012 Wild Turkey, Pheasant, and Waterfowl Stamps. Wildlife Management staff will be available to discuss the history and accomplishments of the three programs, as well as the central role that wildlife art has played in the state's habitat conservation efforts.
All stamp contest applicants should review the contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet the technical requirements specified in these rules in order to be properly processed and prepared for display at the Leopold Center. The contest rules, entry forms, and Reproduction Rights Agreements for the 2012 wild turkey, pheasant, and waterfowl stamp programs are now available on the wildlife stamp programs page of the DNR website.
A new and convenient way to stay informed is to sign up for email updates using the DNR's GovDelivery service - follow the prompts and enroll in the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" distribution list. Members of the service receive occasional email reminders about contest entry deadlines, detailed event information, and the announcement of the winning artwork for 2012.
For those artists already on the DNR wildlife stamp contest mailing lists, postcard announcements have already been sent out and should arrive soon.
For more information about the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center and related events, please consult the Leopold Center's website at [www.aldoleopold.org/legacycenter/] (exit DNR).
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista McGinley, Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist & Wildlife Stamp Coordinator, at Krista.McGinley@Wisconsin.gov or (608) 264-8963