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Earth Week Celebration to Feature EcoArt Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, March 09, 2010
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As part of the annual Earth Week celebration (April 17-24), the Office of Sustainability at The University of Southern Mississippi is sponsoring a unique art contest for students.

The first EcoArt Exhibit is designed to help raise awareness about the importance of campus-wide green initiatives in a creative manner. All students enrolled at Southern Miss for the 2009-10 academic year are eligible to compete in one of the following categories: fine arts; graphic design, interior design or related forms of applies arts. Winners in each category will receive $500 in scholarship funds.

“Once again, the EcoEagle Representative group has developed an outstanding idea that encourages thought of sustainability and this innovative contest promotes Southern Miss art and supports our art students with important financial assistance,” said Larry Lee, chief sustainability officer at Southern Miss. “Such synergy between departments is a testament to the creativity of everyone involved with sustainability at Southern Miss.”

Submitted works should express or expose in a creative way the ideas of sustainability, energy conservation, renewable energy, recycling, global climate change or protection of nature. A panel of judges will decide which pieces will go on display on the first floor of the Cook Library.

Contest rules include the following:

• Only one submission per artist (works may consist of several parts)
• Accepted pieces must be ready to hang or display
• Two-dimensional works must be wired for hanging; none that hang may weight more than 35 pounds
• Installation of submissions requiring specialized installation will be the responsibility of the artist
• 3-D pieces could be shown on the floor, if deemed necessary by the gallery director

To enter, go to and fill out the Southern Miss EcoArt Exhibit entry form. All submissions should be delivered to room 123 in Cook Library from noon-5 p.m. on April 12.

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