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Calling All Nevada Native American Artists: NRCS Nevada is Looking for Artwork for National 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster


For Immediate Release
January 25, 2018
Contact: Heather Emmons, State Public Affairs Officer
Phone: (775) 857-8500 ext. 105
Poster contest contact: Patti Novak, NRCS Nevada American Indian/Alaska Native Special Emphasis Program Manager
Phone: (775) 857-8500 ext. 142 or

Calling All Nevada Native American Artists: NRCS Nevada is Looking for Artwork for National 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster

Poster Contest Winner Takes Home $2,000!

Reno, Nevada – USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Nevada is conducting a contest for the national 2018 American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month Poster. The winning artist will be awarded $2,000 and the poster will be displayed in NRCS offices throughout the nation to celebrate American Indian Heritage Month during November. The submission deadline is May 11.

American Indian artists from Nevada tribes are invited to create an original painting that reflects the artist’s interpretation of American Indian culture and heritage with the title: “Mountain Islands and Sagebrush Seas,” and the theme: “Creating resilient landscapes through an understanding of heritage, culture and conservation."

Following are the guidelines:

•   Open to American Indian/Alaska Native artists from Nevada tribes.
•   Submit one original piece of artwork, 18 by 24 inches, acrylic or oil on canvas.
•   Include a brief written narrative about how the artwork relates to the title and theme.
•   Winner must sign an agreement allowing NRCS the right to reproduce and distribute copies of the artwork.  The artist may keep artwork and agrees to identify that the artwork was used for the NRCS AIAN Heritage Month Poster.

Artwork will be judged on: 1) creativity and originality; 2) portrayal of the heritage and culture of American Indians in Nevada; 3) incorporation of the title and theme and, 4) artistry and skill. Artwork not selected will be returned to the artist. Submit artwork, narrative and contact information to NRCS, Attention: Patti Novak, 1365 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89502. For information contact Patti Novak, (775) 857-8500 X142 or

Background: The USDA NRCS annually recognizes and celebrates the many different cultures to which we have the opportunity to offer our services and programs, including American Indians. November has been designated as American Indian Heritage Month. This provides an opportunity to make people aware of the history of American Indians and their contributions to the world.

One of the ways NRCS nationally celebrates American Indian Heritage Month is by distributing a poster created by an American Indian artist. Each year, an artist in a selected state has the opportunity to exhibit his/her talents and heritage on a national level, and Nevada has been chosen as that state for 2018.

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