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Powell Teen Wins 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Best of Show for Wyoming April 18, 2012

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – April 18, 2012 – A color pencil drawing by 15-year-old Sierra Morrow of Powell, Wyo., is “Best of Show” winner of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest for Wyoming.  For the eighteenth consecutive year, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole serves as Wyoming host for the contest, a national art competition for K-12 students.  Sierra’s winning drawing, titled “A Dip in the Evening,” will be on display as one of the top 36 ribbon winners for the state – out of a total of 691 Wyoming entries – for the museum’s annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp Exhibition, May 3 through August 5, 2012.

Sierra’s winning “A Dip in the Evening” will represent Wyoming at the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest scheduled for April 20, at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Md.  The winner of the national competition receives $5,000, a trip to our nation’s capital with a parent and the art teacher, and has his or her artwork used to make the 2012-2013 Junior Duck Stamp.  Proceeds from the sale of the $5 stamps support conservation education.

Sydney Nate, an eight-year-old from Cokeville, Wyo., was this year’s Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award-winner for the best art in the youngest age group.  The Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Awardwas established 12 years ago to recognize the artistic accomplishment of K-3 students and to honor the late Betty Nelson, a generous supporter of the Junior Duck Stamp program.

The Jr. Duck Stamp exhibit will travel to the Wyoming State Museum in Cheyenne after it closes at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and winners will be honored at September awards ceremony at the Wyoming State Museum.  The 1st- through 3rd-place Wyoming winners of the contest can be viewed on the museum’s website beginning in early May at www.wildlifeart.org, and information for next year’s contest will be posted on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website athttp://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/. For a complete list of the 2012 Wyoming ribbon visithttp://www.wildlifeart.org/Learn/FedJrDuckStamp/.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe.  A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at www.wildlifeart.org.  The museum is also active on Facebook atwildlifeartjh and on Twitter at @wildlifeartjh.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335, darla@wordenpr.com; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444, psackrey@wildlifeart.org

Image Credit: 2012 Best of Show for Wyoming in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is “A Dip in the Evening” by Sierra Morrow.

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