CTF Newsletter – December 20th, 2013

This last year the National Museum of Wildlife Art, with the assistance of a Cultural Trust Fund grant, created a wonderful exhibition, “Traveling Trout”, which involved 36 trout forms designed and decorated by secondary school (grades 9-12) students from around the state. The trout forms were distributed at the Wyoming High School Art Symposium in Casper in April, 2012. At the April 2013 Symposium the distinctive trout sculptures were exhibited and were critiqued by a panel of five judges. The trout were rated on five criteria: 1) quality and originality of the idea; 2) execution of the idea (skill with the material used); 3) appropriate for outdoor display; 4) expression (the piece has a strong presence, “personality”, feeling of movement and life; and 5) overall impact of the piece. Judges awarded first place and a prize of $7,000 to Pinedale High School for its ceramic mosaic trout artwork titled” Time to Make Waves”; Encampment High School received $5,000 for second place with “Metamophofish” and third place and $2,000 went to Powell High School for its artwork “The Escape of Adaption.” Honorable mentions went to Midwest High School, Mountain View High School, Little Snake River High School, Cheyenne South High School, and Niobrara County High School. The five schools receiving Honorable Mention were awarded $500 each. All prizes were directed to the schools’ art programs.