HAYS, KS -- In the first of four monthly drawings at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Hays artist John Cody picked Elaine Smriga's name out of a basket full of tickets as the winner of a print of one of his famous moth paintings.
Smriga won "African Atlas Moth," print No. 357 of 500 in series 14 of the prints made from Cody's paintings. Cody himself, who has an exhibition of 95 paintings on display at the Sternberg Museum, selected the print to be awarded.
Three more winners will be chosen in drawing in early July, August and September. Each drawing will be from the pools of people with paid admissions who visited the museum the previous month. The drawing Friday, June 3, was from visitors to the museum during the month of May.
Tickets for the drawing are actually ballots. Each visitor to the museum is given a ballot when entering the Cody exhibit in the museum's Dane G. Hansen Gallery. The ballot
Paid museum employees are not eligible, said Greg Walters, exhibits director at the museum. Unpaid museum volunteers can enter one ballot a month. The same applies for museum members, who, with free admission, would have an unfair advantage, said Walters.
Each member of a family or group can enter, said Walters, but a different name must be on each ballot.