Celebrate the Arts

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation is once again sponsoring an arts event to support and promote the 4-H Arts.  The inaugural event was held last October and was a great success!!  In October, the WI 4-H Foundation will hold an Arts Auction and Reception to support and promote the 4-H Arts Program, and to network with arts-programming supporters and prospects. Proceeds from the event will be invested in the Talen Endowment for 4-H Arts Programming and in other arts programs for the next 4-H calendar year.

To make this year’s event successful, the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation will be sponsoring an Arts Contest with cash prizes totaling $700. To be eligible for the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation Arts Contest, youth must be an enrolled 4-H member for the 2018-2019 Program Year.  Entrants do not need to be enrolled in any specific project to participate. The contest will be divided into four categories:

  1. Drawing Using any Medium
    1. Pencil, Ink, Charcoal, Pastel or Other Media
    2. No larger than 2’ x 3’
    3. Unframed but may be mounted for stability (foam board or matt board)
    4. Original art only, no kits
    5. Must be signed and dated on the front by the artist (lower right corner, if possible)
  2. Painting (Watercolor, Acrylic or Oil)
    1. Watercolor, Acrylic or Oil
    2. No larger than 2’ x 3’
    3. Unframed but may be mounted for stability (foam board, matt board and/or if on canvas nothing)
    4. Original art only, no kits
    5. Must be signed and dated on the front by the artist (lower right corner, if possible)
  3. Photography
    1. Black and White or Color print
    2. 8” x 10” or 11” x 17”
    3. Unframed but may be mounted for stability (foam board or matt board)
    4. Must be signed and dated on the front by the artist (lower right corner, if possible)
  4. Other (Paper or Fiber Art, Pottery, Jewelry, Leathercraft, Glass, etc.)
    1. Any media using natural or synthetic fiber, paper, fabric and/or yarn
    2. No larger than 2’ x 3’ or six square feet
    3. Unframed but may be mounted for stability, if applicable
    4. Original art only, no kits
    5. If possible, signed and dated on the front/bottom by the artist

A first and a second place will be chosen in each category with a Best of Show Award given to one entry chosen by the judging committee.  Category winners will receive a $100 cash award and reserve in each category will receive a $50 cash award.  The Best of Show Entry will receive an additional $100 cash award.

Entries will be accepted on Monday, June 24, 2019 from Noon to 2 pm, at Sellery Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Campus.  Entries can be delivered by the artist, a representative of the artist, a County Youth Educator or a member of a county delegation to Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference.  Items not placing first or second in their division will be released at the conclusion of Wisconsin 4-H & Youth Conference.  Any item not picked up at the conclusion of the conference will NOT be returned to the artist.  All items must have the following information printed on or firmly attached to the back of the art:

  1. Artist Name
  2. Artist Address
  3. Artist Email (if available)
  4. Artist Phone Number
  5. Artist County
  6. Artist 4-H Club Name and Leader’s Name
  7. Artist Grade
  8. Brief description (100 words or less) of the inspiration for the piece.
  9. Brief statement (100 words or less) about what 4-H means to the artist.

The first and second place items in each category will become the property of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and will not be returned.  All rights to the winning pieces of art become the property of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and artists relinquish all rights to use, reproduce or exhibit their entry.  Artists may be asked to sign their work or to sign reproductions of their work.

We are looking forward to showcasing Wisconsin 4-H members’ artistic and creative masterpieces at the WI 4-H & Youth Conference Arts Contest in June and then at the WI 4-H Foundation Arts Event in October! If you have any questions, please contact Amber Rehberg at amber.rehberg@wisc.edu or 608.262.1557.