Big River Art Contest
The Big River Art Contest is organized into four categories. Two of the categories require that students participate in either Big River Journey or Journey to the Falls. The other two categories, Mighty Mississippi and Caring for the River, are open to all students. Need ideas to get started? To get started, check out the Ideas below or this link to past winners (link here or wherever makes sense) but remember that originality is highly rated when the art is judged.
The Mighty Mississippi (sample artwork)
Caring for the River (sample artwork)
Show what you did or what you saw on Big River Journey. Draw your favorite learning station or something you learned about while on the boat. What did the river look like from the boat? What did you see? What did you see or do at Fort Snelling State Park?
Journey to the Falls (sample artwork)
Draw what you did, saw or learned on Journey to the Falls. What did you see or do at the archaeological dig or on the history hike? Draw the boat with you and your friends viewing birds, animals, boats, bridges, the falls or other river sites.
Official Rules and Entry Information
Official rules for the contest as well as contest entry deadline can be found in the Big River Journey Brochure. Join the more than 9,000 students who have participated in the contest since it began in 1998. Current winning art is on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota and the online Art Gallery. Mill City Museum has a display featuring past winners.
Entries must be received by 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
Works of art will be selected by a panel of judges who will evaluate works on artistic merit and originality. Winners will be notified by mail or phone; prize tickets will be mailed to the home address of each winning student.
For more information, contact Brian Goodspeed, (651) 293-8414
Big River Journey is made possible by the generous support of the Mississippi River Fund, Excel Energy Foundation, Ecolab Foundation and Medtronic Foundation.
Did You Know?
The Mississippi River is approximately three feet deep at its headwaters at Lake Itasca and has an average surface speed of 1.2 miles per hour.