“Candy on the Ridge,” by Ronnie Williford, one of the award winners in America’s Parks I. The landscape depicts Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

Artwork selected in the first America’s Parks competition is about to go on view in Missouri, and already a new theme and set of judges have been announced for a second competition, focused on images of the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Mark your calendar to enter before the deadline.

The primary theme of America’s Parks II will be “Parks of the Southwest,” including the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico. Art depicting parks in other locations throughout North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States) will be eligible for the online exhibit of Parks II and for awards. However, the traveling exhibition will be comprised primarily if not entirely of art depicting parks in the Southwestern U.S. and Northwestern Mexico, including (in alphabetical order) Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, and states in Northwestern Mexico, particularly Sonora. Also new for Parks II will be the eligibility of sculpture. Selections will be made by a professional jury consisting of Pam Cable, executive director of the Susan Kathleen Black Foundation; M. Stephen Doherty, editor, PleinAir magazine; and Todd Wilkinson, managing editor, Wildlife Art Journal.

 The early entry deadline, with reduced entry fees, is August 31, 2013. The standard entry deadline is October 15, 2013. America’s Parks Through the Beauty of Art is produced by David J. Wagner, LLC. Further information, including a link to download the prospectus (entry form) is available here: http://www.davidjwagnerllc.com/competitions.html.


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