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Duck Stamp Contest Migrates to Memphis



August 26, 2005

Contacts: Tom MacKenzie, USFWS S/E, 404-679-7291 Cell: 678-296-6400
Nicholas Throckmorton, USFWS, 202-208-5636
Vicki Tyler, Ducks Unlimited, Inc., 901-758-3859
Marcia Woodmansee, Greater Memphis Arts Council, 901-626-6387
Michele Byrd, Memphis College of Arts, 901-272-5100

Join us next month when the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest arrives in Memphis. For the first time in its 72-year history, it will be held outside Washington. You’ll be able to see the hundreds of art entries from around the country—one of which will be chosen on Sept. 15 as next year’s Federal Duck Stamp.

This annual competition is a program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that to date has raised more than $700 million to preserve 5.2 million acres of wetland habitat throughout the United States. It is considered one of the most successful conservation programs ever.

Hosted by Ducks Unlimited, the Greater Memphis Arts Council, and Memphis College of Art, the contest includes a series of Conservation Through Art events during the week of September 11-17, 2005. The exhibit and related events will be held at Memphis College of Art and are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Sept. 11: Family Day, Noon to 4:00 p.m. FREE

  • Performances of “The Ugly Duckling” by Voices of the South at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.
  • Special appearance by the world-famous Peabody Hotel ducks
  • Duck calling and free duck calls for children
  • Workshop with the Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp coordinator and Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp winning artist
  • Hands-on art activities and face painting for kids

Monday, Sept. 12: 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

  • Art Contest entries and traveling Federal Duck Stamp collection on display

Tuesday, Sept. 13: Noon

  • Gallery Talk with Mark Anderson, winner of the 2005 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

Wednesday, Sept. 14: 10:00 a.m.

  • Formal opening ceremonies for opening of judging
  • 10:30-12:30 Judging of entries, open to public

Thursday, Sept. 15:

  • Judging and announcement of winner. Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton has been invited to announce the winner.

Friday, Sept. 16: Noon

  • Artist Lecture with David Maass, winner of the 1974 and 1982 Federal Duck Stamp contests and Scot Storm, winner of the 2004 contest.

Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17-18

  • Ducks Unlimited Expo, Agricenter International
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Duck Survey aircraft on disp

Duck Stamp Fact Sheet

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