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Art Contest "Montana's Natural Resources"

Art Contest: Bitterroot Valley Nature & Wildlife

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
4th Place
5th Place

Bitterroot Valley high school students (9th - 12th grade) are invited to participate in ATR's “Montana's Natural Resources” Art Contest. Artwork should demonstrate natural resources used for economic benefit in Montana such as minerals, forests, water, and fertile land that occur in nature. The top winning designs will be displayed at ATR's office or Montana Bliss Artworks in Hamilton.


  1. Drawing and sketch (charcoal, pastel, pencil)
  2. Paint (acrylic, oil, watercolor)
  3. Sculpture (clay, stone, metal, ceramic)


The top five entries in each category will receive cash prizes as follows: 1st $500, 2nd $250, 3rd $150, 4th $100, 5th $50. One entry will be awarded an additional $150 for ”Best of Show.”

The schools with the most Top-10 winners will receive the following for their art program: 1st $500, 2nd $350, 3rd $250, 4th $100 - for a total of $4,500! In addition, three students will win art workshops from professional artists from Artists Along the Bitterroot.


Submitted artwork must be original. Entries are judged on creativity, craftsmanship, composition, and interpretation of the theme. Each piece must include an artist's statement and the title of the work. No late entries. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, held at ATR's Hamilton office on April 12th at 5pm.

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Winning Entries and Submissions

Sketch or Drawing

1st Place

Shelby Pallo

Mountain Man

2nd Place

Carson Rostad

The Treemeister

3rd Place

Tucker Jones

Flathead Reservoir

4th Place

Rylee Nelson

Jefferson River


1st Place

Caelen DeVeall

Traces of Montana’s Lumber

2nd Place

Jeremiah Ferraro

Beauty Disaster

3rd Place

Samantha Riggs

Rainbow Trout

4th Place

Christian Jessop

Butte Montana


1st Place

Jakob L. Nygaard

Process Lumber

2nd Place

Megan Chapman

Four Seasons

3rd Place

Taylor Harris


4th Place

Alexis Vai

Mountain Jewel

Take a look at some of the other submissions: