Division of Compliance Assistance
Student Nominations Sought for Eco-Art Contest

Press Release Date:  Monday, November 10, 2014  
Contact Information:  Mary Jo Harrod

Frankfort, Ky. (Nov. 10, 2014) ––It’s that time of year again. The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2014–15 Eco-Art Contest. The contest, which is in its sixth year, provides an opportunity for students to gain statewide recognition for their artwork as it relates to Kentucky’s environment. Used as a tool for environmental education, art supports DEP’s mission to protect Kentucky’s environment.


Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art using the contest themes or categories of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection. Students may submit artwork using the media types of drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture and photographs, with one winner for each submitted art type within each category.


“We are calling for eligible high school students to use their creativity to explore their thoughts, feelings and ideas about the environment around them through their artwork and submit it to the Eco-Art Contest. Through their art, these students, the future leaders of Kentucky, can help inspire and educate others about Kentucky’s environment,” said R. Bruce Scott, DEP commissioner.


            Artwork from previous years’ contest winners is displayed in the DEP Training Center in Frankfort, where it has been viewed by hundreds of visitors. Winning artwork and the artists from the 2013-14 contest may be seen at http://tinyurl.com/mdgvb8t. Contest nominations are being accepted until midnight Feb. 27, 2015. All nominations must be sent via email only to envhelp@ky.gov. A digital picture of each artwork nomination must accompany each form submitted. Eligible students include all students enrolled in Kentucky public and private high schools for the 2014–15 academic year. Winners will be notified in March, and winning entries will be displayed in the DEP Training Center at 300 Fair Oaks Lane.


For more information about the Eco-Art Contest and to access a nomination form, visit http://dca.ky.gov/LGGS/Pages/ecoart.aspx  or call the Division of Compliance Assistance toll-free at 800-926-8111.