Janel Ruder, Hays, is the winner of a John Cody print for the month of December at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History.
The artist drew Ruder's name from a ballot box on Thursday, Jan. 19, at the museum. The print Cody selected for December's winner is a signed, limited-edition print of "Sunset Moth."
The drawing was from ballots submitted by persons who visited the Sternberg Museum during December. Additional drawings will be held each month until the exhibition closes in 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, Janet Boeve of Katy, TX, and Steven Wright of Topeka.
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, 2005, 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 are 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.
"This is the slowest time of year in terms of the number of visitors to the museum, so the statistical chances of winning a beautiful and valuable Cody print is better now than it was earlier or will be later," said the museum's director, Dr. Jerry 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 to 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.