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Call for Artists Nature-themed artwork requested for an environmental education display in Scranton, PA

Nature-themed artwork requested for an environmental education display at the Nay Aug Avenue Natural Play Area in Scranton, PA

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Invitation Date: February 21, 2017

Artwork to be installed inside the “Fishing Shack” at the Natural Play Area in Scranton.

Submission Deadline: March 27, 2017
Entry Fee: There is no entry fee.
Artist Eligibility: All residents of Northeastern Pennsylvania; All ages and skill levels. Submission will be categorized as follows: Elementary (K‐6th grade); Mid‐High School (7‐12th grade); Community (all other ages). It is anticipated that 5‐7 pieces of artwork will be selected from each category for the final display.
Artwork Theme: Firstly, the theme of the Natural Play Area is a Beaver Pond Ecosystem (See Exhibit A). The play features represent plants and animals that live and benefit from the beaver pond habitat like a turtle, fish, a frog, a water snake and cattails. The play area also utilized recycled products, rescued‐native plants, natural wood materials more so than typical plastic play equipment and rain gardens to handle storm water. Additionally, the mini‐roadway (tike trail) that surrounds the Play Area represents the ongoing interaction of humans and nature, which can be
accomplished in a harmonious way. Overall, the play area design attempts to encourage creative play, parent/child interaction and subtle environmental education opportunities.

Thus, we are looking for artwork with a theme that is similarly creative, visually appealing and educational. Examples of artwork may include: sketches of animals, insects, plants or birds that inhabit the Lackawanna River and/or wetlands; a unique take on human/natural interactions; close‐up sketches or landscapes; other creative expressions.

Artwork Design Requirements & Entry Rules:
• Acceptable media includes paint, pen/ink, marker, pencil or 2D mixed media. No 3D art or models because art work must be scanned. No photographs will be accepted.
• Entry dimensions must be no greater than 14” x 12” (See Exhibit C) and must be un‐framed and unmatted.
• The artist must include an interesting educational fact that has relevance to the submitted art work topic. For example, Beavers start to swim and hold their breath within 4 days of birth.
• The artist can provide a title for the art work, although it is not required.
• Complete the attached entry form / ID tag and attach to the reverse of each piece of art work (See Exhibit D).
• Limit is two pieces of original art work.
• Winning artwork will be scanned and the digital image will be reproduced/printed onto a sheet of 0.080 aluminum. Thus, the artwork should have enough definition/clarity for scanning as a high quality image.
• All art work must be submitted to the Lackawanna Heritage Valley, 213 South 7th Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505, between 9:00AM and 4:30PM or via mail prior to the March 27, 2017 deadline.