SOUTH CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is requesting original wildlife art for the 2015 edition of the award-winning West Virginia Wildlife Calendar, according to DNR Wildlife Resources Section Chief Curtis I. Taylor.
The deadline for submitting artwork is Feb. 18.
An electronic image of each entry capable of being sized at 14-and-one-half inches wide by 11-and-one-half inches high at 300 dpi is preferred, but a lower resolution image or 35-mm color slide will be accepted. Artists may send in multiple entries.
CALENDAR ART — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is soliciting art depicting the state’s wildlife for its 2015 calendar. The artwork and photos chosen for the interior will win $100 prizes, and the artwork or photo chosen for the cover will win a $500 prize. -- Contributed
"This is our 30th calendar and it offers a wonderful opportunity for artists to feature their work," said Taylor. "Besides distribution in West Virginia, our calendars are enjoyed by people all over the United States."
Paintings may depict popular game and fish species or feature the state's lesser-known animals such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals and nongame fish.
Artists are reminded that the calendar format is horizontal, with measurements of 14-inches wide by 11-inches high, and should keep this ratio in mind when creating paintings.
Paintings not chosen in previous years may be resubmitted.
"Just because the artwork is not selected one year doesn't mean it will not be selected in the future," said Taylor. "Often, there are several submissions of a particular species and only one can be used in a given year."
All artists, especially those from West Virginia, are encouraged to submit their work. A $100 prize is awarded for each painting chosen, with $500 going to the artist whose artwork is picked for the cover. Paintings are chosen based on overall composition and quality, along with anatomical and contextual accuracy. The quality of the electronic image or submitted slide is very important for judging the artwork.
To obtain 2015 calendar art rules or to purchase a 2014 calendar, contact the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Calendar Art, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV 26241 or phone (304) 637-0245.
Electronic images should be emailed to Jerry.R.Shinn@wv.gov.