Pollination art sought for show
URBANA – The Champaign Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network will celebrate National Pollinator Week from June 22 to 28 with a number of events, among them an art show.
For that, the network seeks submissions from area artists of works that portray themes of pollination and pollinators, including insects, birds, bats, flowering plants or the products of pollination. Depictions may vary from commentary on contemporary agriculture to a photograph of a child's hand stuck in a jar of honey, according to organizers.
Artists of all ages and abilities are encouraged to submit work in any type of media.
All artwork will be displayed during the opening ceremony on June 22 of National Pollinator Week at the Plant Biology Conservatory at the University of Illinois.
The deadline for submitting works is June 20. Each piece must be accompanied by a completed submission form that includes the title of the work, the name of the artist and his or her return address.
The top portion of the entry form must be securely attached to the back of the entry. The label at the bottom of the entry form should be cut out and fixed to the front of the piece as indicated on the form.
Pieces may be dropped off at or mailed to the Department of Entomology Office, 320 Morrill Hall, 505 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. The department office is open 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 333-2910.
Artists with large pieces they would prefer to drop off at the site are asked to call ahead. All artwork will be mailed back after the festival unless arrangements are made to pick up the pieces from the Department of Entomology.
In 2007, the U.S. Senate officially declared National Pollinator Week to take place each year over the last week of June to recognize the importance of pollinators in agricultural and natural ecosystems.
For more information including on other National Pollinator Week activities, visit online www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/pollinators/.
The Champaign Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network is a coalition of concerned citizens who seek to engage the public in the effort to protect pollinators in the community through education, monitoring and conservation.
The goals for National Pollinator Week are to partner with the community to promote a better understanding of pollinators, to show people how they can monitor and conserve pollinators in our area, and to provide a continuing forum for pollinator awareness.