Art Education

Farm Bureau art contest seeks entries

The Georgia Farm Bureau is looking for student artists for its annual Middle School Bookmark and High School Art Contests.

The Middle School Bookmark Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled sixth through eighth grade students statewide. The 10 GFB district winners of the bookmark contest will receive $100 each and compete for the state prize of $150. The winner of the Columbia County Farm Bureau Middle School Bookmark Contest will receive $50, according to a news release from the Farm Bureau.

The GFB High School Art Contest is open to all public, private and home-schooled students in ninth  through 12th grades. The 10 GFB district art contest winners will receive a cash prize of $100.  The 10 GFB district art contest winners will compete for the state prize of $250 cash. The winner of the Columbia County Farm Bureau High School Art Contest will receive $50.

Middle school students will be given a blank bookmark and asked to draw a picture that depicts some aspect of Georgia agriculture. Students may use crayons, markers or colored pencils to create their bookmark that illustrates agriculture.  

High schoolers entering the art contest should draw a scene depicting Georgia agriculture. Artwork submitted in the high school art contest must be on 8.5-inch x 11-inch white paper and should be created in the colors black, white and gray. Contestants may use a variety of media to create their artwork including graphite, charcoal, pastel, chalk, colored pencil, pen-and-ink, ballpoint pen or mixed media appropriate for printing.

Artwork entered in both contests will be judged on how well the artwork represents modern agriculture found in the artist’s county or Georgia and artistic merit.

Students may enter either contest in the county in which they live or attend school but not both counties. To enter either contest, students should contact their county Farm Bureau for an official entry form and complete contest rules. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Previous state winners are not eligible for either contest.        

Interestedstudents or teachers should contact the Columbia County Farm Bureau for an official entry form and contest rules at (706) 556-6258. All entries must be received at the Columbia County Farm BureauFeb. 29. All entries must be officially submitted by the Columbia County Farm Bureau to the Georgia Farm Bureau contest.

All artwork submitted in both contests must be original and becomes the property of Georgia Farm Bureau (GFB) once submitted. GFB may use artwork from both contests on various products distributed or sold by the organization to promote agriculture.

Between the crops Georgia farmers grow and the jobs agriculture creates to harvest, process and transport these crops, agriculture contributed $73.2 billion to Georgia’s economy in 2021, according to the UGA College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences.                                                                   

For more information about the contests contact your county Farm Bureau office or visit www.gfb.ag/contests . Students and teachers may visit https://gfb.ag/video  to view a video about Georgia agriculture and  gfb.ag/UGA23agsnapshots to access info about Georgia agriculture.


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