The Coastal America Partnership is seeking entries for its biennial 2013-2014 North American Ocean Art Contest. With the goal of encouraging public understanding of the ocean‘s importance to all of us, the Alaska SeaLife Center is one of the 25 members of the Coastal America Learning Center network of aquariums and marine institutions. The Coastal America Art Contest began in 2008 and occurs every other year. The Alaska SeaLife Center will host a regional exhibition and will evaluate entries for recommendation to the North American traveling exhibit on the basis of strong visual impact, artistic merit and on how clearly the work expresses an appreciation of one or more of the Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences. For more information on contest rules, please visit the Coastal America Ocean Art Contest Page.
We believe that art is a great vehicle for promoting a deeper understanding of our link to the ocean and its critical importance to humanity. Entrées will be accepted for the 2013-2014 North American Ocean Art Contest in either of two categories: art or photography. Participants submit their entries in one of five age ranges: K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, and adults. To learn more about the work of the Coastal America Partnership to preserve, restore and protect our coasts, please visit coastalamerica.gov and like us on Facebook: Alaska SeaLife Center
The traveling exhibit will begin its year-long tour on June 2014 in Washington, DC and travel to various Coastal America Learning Center locations throughout North America until July 2015. The Alaska SeaLife Center had four entries win at the national level in 2011-2012. Isabel Brown a 2nd grader from Two Rivers Schools in Fairbanks won 2nd place at Nationals for grade range K-2. Storm Rohrer a 4th grader from Hermon Hutchens Elementary in Valdez won 3rdplace at Nationals for grade range 3-5 grade. Deborah Bitanga a 9th grader from Kodiak High School won 2nd place at Nationals for grade range 9-12. Casey Lambries a 3rd grader from North Pole Elementary won 1st place at Nationals for grade range 3-5. Casey traveled to Washington DC to be honored with the other first place winners during an award ceremony and helped paint a four ocean murals with the creator of “Sherman’s Lagoon” cartoonist Jim Toomey.
One entry per person with a completed Submission and Release Form should accompany each entry. The artist’s name, grade and school, contact information, teacher or facilitator’s name will accompany every entry. The entrant will also express which Ocean Literacy Principle(s) it applies to. In addition, the entrant will submit a high resolution image file.
Work will be submitted into one of two categories:
1. Artwork must be two-dimensional, hand-drawn and be 12x16”no exceptions. Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk, cloth and collage.
2. Photography must have been taken in the past year. If a subject (in this case a person) is recognizable, please submit an additional form stating that the subject has agreed to allow their likeness to be used along with their signature. We accept entries in JPEG file format at a resolution of no less than 300dpi. Files must be two megabytes at a minimum. Photo entries must be 8x10 inches.
Entries must be submitted no later than December 20, 2013 to the Education Department at the Alaska SeaLife Center: 301 Railway Avenue P.O. Box 1329 Seward, AK 99664
Submissions become property of Coastal America and will not be returned to the entrant. Through submission of artwork, contestants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted. The North American traveling exhibit will be comprised of selected works from the regional Learning Centers. National exhibit entries will be selected by June 1, 2014.
Teachers can go to NOAA’s education website oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/literacy.html# for lesson plans and curriculum development of the ocean principles and check out the Alaska SeaLife Center’s website www.alaskasealife.org for programs connected to ocean literacy offered by the education department! The Alaska SeaLife Center’s education department offers year-round educational programs. Visit the aquarium and participate in Day Programs or our popular overnight Nocturne Sleepovers. For schools in the Anchorage, Mat-Su, and Kenai Peninsula areas we can bring our Outreach Programs directly to your school. If your school has interactive video-conference equipment, our Distance Learning programs are a great way to visit the SeaLife Center without leaving your classroom!