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Conservation Through Art Week in Memphis



September 8, 2005

Contacts: Nicholas Throckmorton, 202-208-5636, cell: 703- 915-5105
Kyla Hastie, 404-679-7125


Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest Judges and Officials; Ducks Unlimited; Memphis College of Art; Greater Memphis Arts Council


Federal Duck Stamp Contest First time ever held outside of Washington, D.C.


Unless otherwise noted, all media opportunities at the Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Avenue, Overton Park


Sunday, September 11
Family Fun Day (Noon – 4 p.m.): Highlights:
1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: Performances of “The Ugly Duckling” by Voices of the South
1:30 and 2:30 p.m.: Duck calling demonstration
12:30 p.m.: Special appearance by the world-famous Peabody Hotel ducks
Noon – 4: Meet the 2004 TN Jr. Duck Stamp coordinator and winning artist, TN Jr. Duck Stamp art exhibits, hands-on art activities and face painting for kids

Monday – September 12
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Preview 200+ entries from around the nation; Interviews available upon request with staff of Memphis College of Art, Ducks Unlimited, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Greater Memphis Arts Council

Tuesday, Sept 13
Noon - 1 p.m. – Gallery talk by Mark Anderson, 2004-2005 winning artist
Interviews available afterward to discuss how winning national contest has changed his life

Wednesday, Sept 14
9:15 a.m. – Duck Stamp judges available for interviews, including 2002 Daytona 500 winner Ward Burton
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies – interviews available with USFWS Acting Director Matt Hogan, Don Young of Ducks Unlimited
Noon – 6 p.m. – Field trip to Cache River NWR near Brinkley, Ark. – media can profile a refuge where lands purchased with Federal Duck Stamp funding (Cache River NWR is the site of the 2004 rediscovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, thought extinct since the 1940s)

Thursday, Sept 15
Noon: Final hour of judging – watch the judges narrow the field to the finalist
1:30 p.m. Announcement of winner – hear the call to the national winner - media may then interview winner via phone (or in-person if winner is in the audience)
5:00 p.m. – Ward Burton appearance as Honorary Duck Master, Memphis Peabody Hotel

Friday, Sept 16
Noon- 1:30: Artist lecture with David Maass, winner of the 1974 and 1982 Federal Duck Stamp contests and Scot Storm, winner of the 2004 contest. Interviews available before or after lecture.

Saturday, Sept 17
2:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Media availability with 2005-2006 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner – Agricenter International (7777 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis, TN 38120)

For more information visit

Duck Stamp Fact Sheet

Southeast Region National Wildlife Refuges and the Federal Duck Stamp

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