EcoART Contest Now Open For High School Student Artwork

If you know any Kentucky high school students who enjoy creating art and care about the environment, the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is looking for them.

The DEP is soliciting nominations for the eighth annual, 2016-17 EcoART Contest that will promote the environmental themes of air, water and land and natural habitats.

Multiple awards will be presented to eligible Kentucky high school students who create art that addresses at least one of the themes that emphasize Kentucky’s environment.

  • Air – Keep the air we breathe clean and safe.
  • Water – Protect our precious water supply by preventing pollutants from entering the waterways and by conserving this natural resource.
  • Land and natural habitats – Respect the state’s wildlife and its diverse habitat and ensure clean soil for our food supply.

Our natural resources are critical to a healthy environment. The DEP is asking Kentucky high school students to help us convey this important message to the public.

Student artists may create art in several media types including, drawing/painting/print, mixed media, sculpture/pottery and photography, and digital artwork. A winner for each submitted art media type and each environmental theme will be awarded.

Contest nominations are being accepted until midnight Feb. 17, 2017. All nominations must be sent via email to A digital photo of each artwork nominated must accompany each form submitted. Winners will be notified in March, and winning entries will be displayed in the DEP Office Building in Frankfort.

For more information about the EcoART Contest and to access a nomination form, visit our website at or call the Division of Compliance Assistance at 502-564-0323.