Cape Cod National Seashore to Host Student Marine Art Exhibit in April

A water color painting of several jelly fish in water.
Cape Cod National Seashore will again host the annual Massachusetts Marine Educators' Marine Art Contest.  Student art, such as 2016's Moon Jellies by Melissa Velie, will be on display beginning April 3 and continuing through the month at Salt Pond Visito

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News Release Date: March 28, 2017

Contact: Dani Cessna, 508-255-3421, ext. 0305

A display of marine artwork created by students will be on display at Cape Cod National Seashore’s Salt Pond Visitor Center from April 3 through the end of the month. The exhibition features winning art from the 2016 Marine Art Contest sponsored by Massachusetts Marine Educators.  The artwork, created by students from schools across Massachusetts, captures some of the diversity of species found in nearby Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary (SBNMS). The show includes winners and honorable mention recipients from all five contest categories – high school, middle school, elementary school, scientific illustration (all grades), and computer graphics (all grades). Several students from the Cape and Islands are represented in the exhibit, including Eddy Elementary School (Brewster), Wareham Middle School, Falmouth High School, and Nauset Regional High School.
The 2017 Marine Art contest is now underway with a deadline of April 28, 2017. Rules for the contest can be found at the MME website at or the Stellwagen Bank sanctuary website, Winning artwork from the past few years can also be viewed at the sanctuary website. 
The annual Marine Art Contest is a program of the Massachusetts Marine Educators (MME), a nonprofit grass-roots organization of teachers, informal educators, students, educational institutions, and others dedicated to the goals of developing a marine literate society and promoting awareness of the ocean world by integrating marine studies into existing curricula.  The contest theme is “Exploring the Marine Biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.”
“The contest is an exciting way of encouraging interdisciplinary education by integrating marine science with art,” said Anne Smrcina, contest director. “Through this creative effort, students learn more about some of the local marine life found in their own ocean backyard.” 
Co-sponsors for the annual art contest include Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, New England Aquarium, Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and the Ocean Genome Project. The traveling art exhibit is sponsored by the sanctuary and MME.
For more information on the art contest, contact Anne Smrcina, Education Coordinator at Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, email: e-mail us or call: 781 546-6007.
IF YOU GO: Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at the intersection of Route 6 and Nauset Road in Eastham, and can be contacted by calling 508-255-3421. The center is open from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, with staff available to assist with activity planning. Visit the museum, view a park film, enjoy panoramic views of Salt Pond and Nauset Marsh, and shop in the gift and book store featuring national seashore- related items.

Last updated: March 28, 2017

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