Topeka man is Sternberg Museum's 7th winner of a John Cody print
12/22/2005

Steven Wright, Topeka, is the winner of a John Cody print for the month of November at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.

Wright's name was picked from the hopper by the artist, John Cody, in a drawing Friday, Dec. 9, at the museum. The print Cody selected for November's winner is a signed, limited-edition print of "Malaysian Moon Moth."

The drawing was from ballots submitted by persons who visited the Sternberg Museum during November. Additional drawings will be held each month until the exhibition closes next May. Previous winners were Virginia Levy of Lenexa, Joe Riegelsberger of Avon Lake, OH, Elaine Smriga of Hays, Bartlett Ramsey of Topeka, Mary Goetz of Chubbuck, ID, and Janet Boeve of Katy, TX.

About 80 of Cody's paintings of moths are on display at the museum, along with associated interactive educational and scientific exhibits. "John Cody's Moths," originally scheduled to close Aug. 21, has been such a popular exhibit at the museum that the run has been extended to May 14, 2006. The drawings will also continue until the new date.

All visitors who participate in the museum's balloting to determine the most popular Cody painting will be entered in a drawing. Ballots will be distributed with museum admission to all visitors age 4 and older. Separate drawings will be held from ballots collected after each month of the exhibition.

"The number of visitors to the museum is not as great this time of year as it is in the summer; so the statistical chance of winning a beautiful and valuable Cody print is better than it was when the exhibition first opened," said Museum Director Dr. J.R. Choate.

Individuals are limited to one entry per drawing but may enter in multiple drawings. Details on museum membership, which entitles individuals or families to unlimited free admission along with other valuable benefits, is available toll free at 1-877-332-1165 or online at www.fhsu.edu/sternber/member/shtml.

Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 7 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and youths (age 4-12), and $3 for FHSU students with ID. Admission is free for museum members and children 3 and under. The museum is closed on Mondays.

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History will maintain regular business hours throughout the holidays, but will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.


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