Yesterday, Dave Goyer (vice president of the National Duck Stamp Collectors Society) was kind enough to send me a few things in the mail— including a copy of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest program from this year! This is a really cool thing for me to have, since I was unable to attend in person. On page three, it lists some statistics about this year’s contest; namely, it gives a breakdown of where the entries are from, what medium they are painted in, age of artist, etc. I thought I’d share it here with you, for anyone else that did not attend and might be curious to see these statistics.
At the risk of sounding like an idealist, I’d love to see more entries overall, especially from lesser represented groups! Now, this is a bit counter-intuitive as a competing artist… less entries means less people to compete against, right? Well, yes. That is true. And it is also true that it can be overwhelming (as a judge) to try to select the ‘best’ when you are looking at a field of hundreds of paintings. But… I have a great deal of concern that the interest in the contest is waning. For whatever reason, less artists are “into it” than anytime in recent history that I am aware of. Did you know that in the past ( I am looking at the late 1980’s and early 90’s) that thousands of artists entered every year? In 1987, the year that Daniel Smith won with his beautiful painting of a snow goose, he was one of over a thousand entries.
If you are an artist, maybe you will consider entering? It is a tough competition, but the excitement, enjoyment of painting, the finding of new friends… the comradery and feeling of being part of something big, is pretty amazing. I have made some really fantastic friends and met a lot of cool people through this, way before I managed to win this thing!
Paint a duck, help a duck, make some friends, have fun, and keep the program going. If you need help, my time is thin this year, but I can try to assist!
A Ducky Schedule
I have received my tentative schedule of events for the coming year. Some of the dates and locations are To Be Determined, and I may attend additional events. To be sure, I will be doing some smaller events, talks, and programs so stay tuned for that. I hope you might come see me if I end up at an event near you!
November 13-16, 2014: Easton, MD
Easton Wildfowl Festival
Look for me mostly at the Federal Duck Stamp Office booth!
November 21-23, 2014: Redlands, CA
Duck Stamp Art at the San Bernardino County Museum
April 17, 2015: Shepherdstown, WV
Judging of the Jr. Duck Stamp Competition
June 26, 2015: Location TBD
First Day of Sale Event
July, 2015: Olean, NY
September 25 & 26, 2015, Location TBD
Judging of the Federal Duck Stamp
(cross-posted to Blogger, where the comments make sense)
I promise I will not infinitely reblog this stuff, I just want to make sure everyone that has AN INTEREST in this sort of stuff gets a chance to see it and/or follow the Duck Stamp Adventure Blog. Because this stuff is super important and I WANT TO MAKE HISTORY WITH YOU ALL <3
I have always been very shy about promoting myself, but this is bigger than I am. This is a government program that actually works, and does real, tangible good for wildlife and habitat and plants and birds and bees and little wigglies in the swamp, and yes, even humans that like to drink water.
If you don’t love ducks and wetlands and birds, who even are you? WHO ARE YOU