The contest, in its 14th year, provides young Hoosier artists a unique opportunity to develop and showcase their talent. Electric Consumer â€” the statewide publication for Indianaâ€™s electric cooperatives â€” sponsors the program, which is open to all kindergarten through 12th grade Indiana students.
From now until March 18, 2011, students are invited to submit original artwork reflective of the calendar month for which their grade level is assigned. For example, high school seniors would submit artwork for the month of December.
Entries are then judged and winners from each grade selected. Those winners then represent the specific month in the â€ś2012 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art.â€ť Ninehonorable mention winners are also included in a special section of the calendar.
Not only will the contest winners have their artwork published in the calendar, which is viewed by thousands of electric cooperative members across the state, their pieces will be part of a special exhibition through a partnership with the Hoosier Salon.
The Hoosier Salon, headquartered in Indianapolis, is a statewide nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to create an appreciation of visual art by promoting Hoosier artists and their art. The salon holds an annual exhibition for artists at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. This year, for the first time, calendar contest winners had their work displayed at the museum as part of the salonâ€™s exhibition to encourage young artists in Indiana. In addition, the studentsâ€™ artwork will tour the Hoosier Salonâ€™s galleries in Indianapolis, New Harmony and Wabash.
â€śAs school systems across America continue to cut funding to, or even eliminate, art programs, Indianaâ€™s electric cooperatives are thrilled to offer our young artists a forum to spotlight their talent through our art contest and through our partnership with the Hoosier Salon,â€ť said Emily Schilling, Electric Consumer editor.
Details, tips, and an entry form for the 2012 Calendar Art Contest can be found on the Electric Consumer website at www.electricconsumer.org or stop by Marshall County REMC for a printed version or the materials.
The 2011 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art is now available to the public. Electric cooperative members from participating REMCs should contact their cooperative about receiving a calendar. Calendars can also be ordered from Electric Consumer. For a list of participating cooperatives or for information on ordering a calendar, visit www.electricconsumer.org.