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BLACK BEAR ARTWORKS ACCEPTED FOR CONTEST

05/23/2024

HARRISBURG, PA - Attention artists: the Pennsylvania Game Commission is accepting paintings for its 2025 Working Together for Wildlife Design Contest.

The 2025 featured species is the black bear. One or more black bears can be featured in a horizontal painting measuring exactly 22 ½ by 15 inches, or a vertical painting measuring exactly 15 by 22 ½ inches. Each painting must have a 3-inch-wide white border or mat, and left unsigned and unframed.

Paintings must be delivered to the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, by 4 p.m. on July 22, 2024. For each entry, there is a $30 non-refundable entrance fee payable to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. The entries will be reviewed and evaluated by a committee of qualified Game Commission personnel.

The artist whose black bear painting is selected for the 2025 Working Together for Wildlife fine art print series will receive $4,000 plus 50 artist proof prints. The winning artist must pencil sign up to 750 limited edition fine art prints produced from the original painting, with signing conducted at the Harrisburg headquarters, and the artist receiving the cash award after the prints are signed.

In addition, cash awards will be presented to other top-finishing artists. The artist submitting the second-place painting will receive $750; third place, $500; fourth place, $400; and fifth place, $250. In the event of a tie, the awards for the two places will be combined and split evenly.

Participating artists will have the chance to view all entries after final selections are made and pick up their paintings after the viewing period.

Official rules about the contest are available at www.pgc.pa.gov. Each artist must be a Pennsylvania resident.

“Revenues received from the sale of signed and numbered prints help finance wildlife research and management programs in Pennsylvania, meaning participating artists not only have a chance to take home winnings, but to help fund wildlife conservation through their work,” said Lauren Ferreri, who leads the Game Commission’s Bureau of Information and Education. “By inspiring artists, engaging the public and allowing both to help benefit wildlife, the Working Together for Wildlife program continues to promote the Game Commission’s role in wildlife conservation and serve as an important reminder that we all can make a difference.”

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