HAYS, KS -- In an effort to combine Earth Day and environmental concerns with natural history, the Sternberg Museum of Natural History will display art in a juried exhibition titled "From Something Old to Something New: Art from Recycled Materials."
All artwork will be original works created from or with a significant percentage of recycled materials. The exhibition is scheduled to open on Earth Day, April 22, 2000, and will remain at the museum until June 11, 2000. It is estimated that the exhibit will be viewed by more than 20,000 visitors.
Greg Walters, exhibits director at Sternberg Museum, said the exhibit serves a dual purpose. "With this, we hit a crossover of the way we look at things, including environmental issues. Art is a form of natural history."
The competition is open only to Ellis County residents, which includes part-time residents so all Fort Hays State University students are eligible.
Any two-dimensional or three-dimensional medium is eligible. Works must be ready to install with appropriate frames, mounting hardware and wires securely attached. If a work uses recycled materials indirectly, the artist should submit the recycled material as a supplement to the entry. Works must not pose a conservation risk for the museum or its collections.
There is no entry fee for the exhibition and an artist may submit up to six works. A cash total of $1,000 will be awarded to selected works. Award money comes from the regular budget and from admissions collected by the museum.
Richard Stauffer, a professor of art at Emporia State University, will be the juror for this exhibition. He will select the works to be featured in the exhibition and will select the cash award winners.
With his background in creating unique sculptures from recycled objects he has found, Stauffer is considered a fair and objective juror for this exhibit. He has also exhibited in more than 75 juried shows himself and has won several national awards, including the sweepstakes at the 1998 Aesthetic National Show.
Walters said Stauffer came to him as a highly recommended candidate for the job.
"He was recommended by the Hays Arts Council and by the (FHSU) Art Department. He comes from the outside and is considered objective and his artwork is of this type, so he was our choice," Walters said.
Along with assisting in the search for a juror, Walters said, the art department assisted in planning the event.
"We sat down with the staff to determine possible ways to approach it. The professors had some good ideas and said they plan to encourage participation with their students. They said they would possibly give assignments with recycled materials that could be entered."
Along with exhibiting their artwork, artists whose pieces are accepted into the show will have the opportunity to sell the pieces. Prices for the works will be listed in an exhibition brochure. Artists will determine the prices.
All entry forms for the recycled art exhibition must be received at Sternberg by March 31, 2000. Finished works must be hand-delivered to the second floor Hansen Gallery of the museum on April 7, 2000, between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.
For more information and for entry forms, contact the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, 3000 Sternberg Drive, Hays, KS, 67601 or by calling (785) 628-4286.