Art Competition

2018 Wildlife Art Competition
Best of Show


All entries must have main subject matter to include some form of wild mammal, wildfish, wild bird or wild reptile.

Levels of Competition – DIVISIONS

Open: All Artists may enter and anyone that has won two Ribbons in the Intermediate level must advance to this level. Suggested: Artists that are considered Professional sell work as an income or teach techniques for a wage.

Intermediate: Open to Artists who have not received two ribbons in the intermediate level or won a First, Second or Third Best of Show as an Intermediate. Suggested: Artists that have completed or sell their artwork for profit should enter at this level or higher.

Novice: Open to Artists who have not received two ribbons in the novice level or won a First, Second or Third Best of Show as a Novice. An Artist new to competing with little or no formal training.

Junior: Artist 17 years of age or under. The intention is to have beginning competitors start at the novice level and work up to open. However, you may advance yourself at any time without winning in a lower category but once you win in a higher category you may not go back down a level.


Photography: Black and White, Color, Sepia, Hand Tinted Other Photographs may be printed on matte, semi-gloss or glossy paper

Paintings: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Other

Drawings: Graphite, Ink, Charcoal, Chalk Pastels, Oil Pastels, Colored Pencil, Other

Alternative Mediums: Etchings, Printing, Collage, Mixed Medium, Other

3D: Three dimensional, Sculpture, Carving


The following criteria will be used for all levels of competition and, unless specifically restricted elsewhere, in all divisions. All four criteria are important because they overlap andbuild on each other. In order for a piece to reach its fullest potential, it must succeed in all four areas simultaneously.

A. Craftsmanship refers to the technical skills involved in drawing, painting and/or finishing techniques. Good craftsmanship should be consistent throughout the entire piece.

B. Accuracy involves the correctness of a piece from a scientific perspective. Size, shape, proportions, value, color, etc., are the concepts important here.

C. Essence of the Species involves capturing the “gist” or “gestalt” of a species. It involves a thorough knowledge of one’s subject and the ability to capture an attitude in art. Capturing the essence of your subject and giving it the spark that brings it alive.

D. Artistry of a piece refers to its design and composition. This is where presentation, innovation, and creativity all come into play. There should be beauty in the concept apart from the beauty of the artwork itself. Line, form, content, color, mass, and movement should all be working together to create an integrated whole.


A. Each division will award a First, Second, and Third place award ribbon to each category that has entries. Divisions have single ribbon awards.

B. The best in state wildlife artwork will be selected from all entries in the competition. All first place pieces from each division will be grouped together and a single entry will be selected as the Best in State. There will be a First, Second & Third Place Best of Show.

State Champion Best of Show  1st: $200

2nd: $100

3rd: $50

*Other sponsored Awards may become available


Entry Conditions for Artwork:
Note: We will not allow any 2-D artists to submit work that has been previously shown in an MTA event.

Framed 2-D Artwork:
• All wall-hung work must be properly matted and/or framed, with wire for hanging at least 2″ from the top edge of the frame. Gallery wrapped canvasses are permitted.
• NO smudged mats, wet canvasses, clip or poster frames, or damaged frames are allowed.
• A label made by the artist must be put on the back of the work to include: artist name, three letter initials,
medium and division.
• Check-in includes a quality check of each artist’s work.
• Table top and floor easels are encouraged

Unframed 2-D Artwork:
• All unframed 2-D work will be displayed on a show curtain or appropriate means.
• Each piece must be properly matted, and should be wrapped neatly in shrink-wrap, acetate, clear plastic, or plastic print sleeves. Saran wrap or Ziploc type bags will not be accepted.
• A label made by the artist must be affixed to the back of the packaging with: artist name, three letter initials, medium, and division.
• All reproductions (prints or color copies) of your work must be labeled as such.
• Only one image of each work may be displayed in the show at a time.
• Only two pieces of work by an artist will be shown at any one time.
•  Table top and floor easels are encouraged

Selling of Work

At the show, items may be placed up for sale to the general public. The MTA would be paid ten percent (10%) of the selling price.

Michigan Taxidermist Association
MTA Wildlife Art 2019

Please fill out this document & mail or email this form to:
Kathy Proctor
11784 Winfield Rd.
Jonesville, Michigan 49250
*Show Registration fee is $50.00 if you are attending any seminars or entering the supplier’s area you must be registered for the show.

*Membership to the MTA also includes admission to the Sports Show.

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