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Looking for monk seal artists

March 14th, 2014
Can you paint, draw or sculpt a Hawaiian monk seal? Kermit, the monk seal, above. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Can you paint, draw or sculpt a Hawaiian monk seal? Kermit, the monk seal, pictured above. Star-Advertiser file photo.

Attention, student artists!

The Wyland Foundation is teaming up with the Monk Seal Foundation to host the first 'Conservation through Art' contest starting Monday, March 24.

All students in grades kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate and to display their artistic talent and ocean awareness to one of the world's leading environmental artists, Wyland.


The theme is "The Hawaiian Monk Seal, a living treasure."

Students are invited to create images of Hawaii's critically endangered monk seal through paint, drawing, collage or sculpture.

Art mediums can include chalk, charcoal, clay, crayon, marker, paint, pen, pencil or watercolor. All work must  be your original creation. Only one submission per student.

Students register and submit their original artwork online. Deadline is April 11.

One winner from each grade will be selected by a panel of artistic judges, including Wyland, Doug Perrine, Patrick Ching and Matt Sproat. An overall 'best of show' winner will also be selected. The 14 winners, which will each receive prizes and awards, will be announced in late May.

Winners' artwork will be featured in a 2015 calendar, with the 'Best of Show' on the front cover.

The goal of the contest is to engage and inspire students to learn more about the Hawaiian monk seal and its unique role in Hawaii's ecosystem.

The Hawaiian monk seal, endemic to Hawaii (meaning found only in Hawaii), has existed in the archipelago for 13 million years.

Their population, estimated at 1,100 today, is at a critical low.

Hawaiian monk seals face diverse threats, including entanglement in marine debris, food limitations, shark predators, infectious diseases, human disturbance and habitat loss.

This is a pivotal time to save the monk seals, a living treasure, from extinction. So get your canvas out, and create!

The Monk Seal Foundation's gallery can provide inspiration. Visit for more information.

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