Do you enjoy beautiful artwork with a message? Take a look at the creative and insightful statements that the winners of the 2014–15 Eco-Art Contest have included in their art. Each year, Kentucky high school students are encouraged to submit artwork that inspires others to protect and preserve our environment. Creative, interesting, colorful and thought-provoking works are the result. View the winning art from the fifth annual Eco-Art Contest, which is sponsored by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP).
Students were asked to submit their work in a variety of media, including drawing/painting/print work, mixed media, sculpture and photography. Visited by hundreds of visitors annually, the hallways at the DEP Training Center in Frankfort are decorated with student artwork based on the contest themes of conservation, pollution prevention and environmental protection.
“I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could make to show a fun way to save what we have today, for tomorrow,” says Emily Jeter, one of the student winners from Metcalfe County High School. “My art was inspired by my love of animals and nature. I wanted to show that I could make something beautiful out of everyday garbage that would have been thrown into a landfill.”
Winning entries were submitted by Stephanie Stumbur from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington; Peyton Hawks from Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville; Haley Bragg, Rachel Hampton, Emily Jeter and Kennedy Kincaid from Metcalfe County High School in Edmonton; Marina Witt from J. Graham Brown in Louisville; Christina Howard from West Jessamine High School in Nicholasville; Mindy Greenwell and Miranda Keedy from North Bullitt High School in Shepherdsville; Samara Hall from Newport High School in Newport; and Vicky Lin and Taylor Wilson from Atherton High School in Louisville.
Details about the upcoming 2015–16 Eco-Art Contest will be announced later this year. For more information about the contest, visit http://dca.ky.gov/LGGS/Pages/ecoart.aspx.