NatureWorks along with the Sutton Center facilitates a student art competition among Oklahoma high school students to creatively examine an environmental issue facing their community and world. The assignment is to tell an intriguing story with a media project and short written essay that focuses on their personal interest and involvement in wildlife conservation.
About the Sutton Award
Established in 2003, the Sutton Award recognizes high school students who demonstrate the ability to communicate
current conservation topics in compelling ways. The Sutton Award is comprised of up to $20,000 in cash which will be
distributed to winning student submissions and their instructors as determined by the selection committee.
1. Student must be a current Oklahoma student (public, private, or homeschooled) in grades 10-12.
2. Student must not be an employee or an immediate family member of an employee of the Sutton Center or
1. There is no entry fee
2. Only one entry per student
3. Create and submit a presentation piece that tells an intriguing story about a current conservation topic such as
water, air or soil quality, or wildlife conservation. The project should specifically focus on your personal
interest and/or involvement in conservation. (This accounts for two-thirds of total score.)
4. Compose a short essay which explains why you chose your subject, describes the project and explains what
impact your project may have on conservation, if any. (This accounts for one-third of total score.)
a. Essay Formatting: Word document, one-page, double spaced, 12 pt. Arial font, 1 inch margins, no
indents, black/white print, no background, title of your piece (bolded and centered) at the top of the page.
b. Do NOT include your name or school on your essay.
c. Proper grammar, spelling, etc. count toward your score.
d. Essays will be displayed alongside your presentation piece.
5. Choose ONE of the following format categories for your presentation:
a. 2-D Category: Submissions may include painting, drawing, etc. Submission must be matted, no
larger than 24”x24” (including mat).
b. 3-D Category: Submissions may include sculpture, ceramics, mixed media, etc. No video
submissions will be accepted.
c. Photography Category: Submissions may include up to 6 color or black/white photographs.
Photos must be matted, with a total combined size no larger than 24”x24” (including mats).
6. Your essay and a photo of your presentation piece must be submitted online at www.suttoncenter.org/art.
Online submission is open December 1 - January 10. Online submission ends at Midnight CST on January 10.
No late submissions will be accepted.
In addition to an online submission, you must also submit your presentation piece to one of the following locations:
The Hive Jenks:
115 South First St, Jenks, OK 74037 Tel: 918-299-5005
January 11, 4 - 5:30 pm
January 12, 10 - 11:30 am
University of Central Oklahoma- Oklahoma Center for Arts Education
100 N. University Drive, Evans Hall Rm 105a, Edmond, OK 73034 Tel: 405-974-3754
January 12, 10 am – 4 pm
1. All qualified entries will be showcased at The Hive Jenks.
2. Winning entries will be announced at the Sutton Award reception on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019
at The Hive Jenks 1–3 pm. All students, families and teachers are invited to attend.
3. Non-winning artwork can be taken after 3:30 pm on Feb. 2.
4. The top winning artwork will be professionally framed and showcased at the 2019 NatureWorks
Art Show and Sale (March 1-3, 2019). Winning artwork may be taken home at the conclusion of
the NatureWorks Show.
5. The committee’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be exchanged.
For more information
or call Audra Fogle
O: 918-336-7778 / C: 918-408-1128
The Sutton Award recognizes Oklahoma high school students, grades 10 through 12, who demonstrate the ability to creatively communicate current conservation topics using visual arts.
The Sutton Award is made up of up to $20,000 in scholarships and given to the winners of the student art competition for excellence in environmental communication. The award will be distributed among students and selected instructors as determined by the selection committee.
If you have questions about the competition or interest in donating to our scholarship fund, please contact Karen Kilbourne at (918) 336-7778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research (Sutton Center) was founded in 1983 with the mission of finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education. The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
The Sutton Center has become a leader in avian research and conservation and has conducted intensive, conservation-oriented, ecological field research on declining grassland birds, developed and applied techniques for the reintroduction and monitoring of Southern Bald Eagles, managed the successful captive breeding of endangered species and performed bird surveys across the world. In addition, the Sutton Center boasts several educational outreach programs using live birds and interactive, internet technology that reach tens of thousands of students and adults each year.
2019 Gallery Location is to be determined.
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