4-H Art Contest

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The Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) and the Sustainable Bioeconomy for Arid Regions Center (SBAR) in collaboration with the University of Arizona 4-H STEM Youth Development program announces the “2019 Student Art Competition on Industrial Crops”.

The competition aims to promote understanding of non-food crops that impact our lives including plant species with demonstrated potential for industrial use, as well as encourage the creativity of middle and high school students in the Southwestern region of the United States. For reference on industrial (non-food) crops of interest such as guayule and guar, please visit the AAIC website and SBAR.

THEME: The future of growing non-food crops.

The subject matter comprises the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to help industrial crop production (agriculture), processing and utilization.

How to Participate:

  • This contest is open to students in grades 6-12 in Arizona and New Mexico.
  • The submission should be an original work of the student within the scope of the theme, and must be 2-dimensional art on a letter-sized (8.5x11”) paper.
  • The artwork should be from using standard drawing medium such as paint, coloring pencils, crayons, watercolors, markers, or digital illustration tools.
  • There is no restriction on the number of submissions per student.
  • Please provide all information asked in the application form.
  • By entering this art competition, the student is granting AAIC/SBAR license to reproduce images of the artwork on the society website, presentations and related publications.
  • Applicants are required to submit a release form provided with the application and artwork.
  • The deadline for submission is May 21, 2019
  • Entries should be mailed to:
          The University of Arizona
          1117 E Lowell Street, Room 235
          ATTN: Gerardo U. Lopez
          Tucson, Arizona 85721


The winning artist will have his/her artwork recognized during the AAIC-SBAR meeting held at the El Conquistador Hotel in Tucson on September 8-11, 2019. It will also be used as the cover of the conference program.

The winning artist will also receive $200, mailed to the address provided in the application.

Submission Requirements:

Please send all requirements in a SINGLE envelope to the address listed above.

For more information please contact: Daniela Cabrera (danielacabrera@email.arizona.edu)