Regional winners of statewide art contest to be selected

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Student artwork depicts wise water use through art

The Freshwater Society, a 40-year-old nonprofit organization that promotes the conservation and stewardship of Minnesota freshwater resources, has invited local high school students to present their artistic representation of water conservation. The seventh annual Water is Life Art Contest, held in cooperation with Resource Training & Solutions, invites the next generation of Minnesotans to celebrate the importance of conserving the freshwater resources that help define Minnesota and our quality of life. Approximately 1,000 pieces have been submitted in the first six years of the competition.

Resource Training & Solutions is a regional agency whose mission is to build meaningful relationships that enrich our members and equip them with the tools for success.

Student entries from the Central Minnesota schools area will be judged and four finalists will be selected for the final statewide competition. Finalists will be entered into the final competition Wednesday, May 4, at the Gray Freshwater Center in Excelsior. Six winners will be chosen to receive a $500 scholarship.

Thursday, April 14, 3:30-6 p.m. a reception and announcement of semi-finalists at 4150-2nd Street N. in St. Cloud.

The Water is Life Art Contest is part of a larger initiative by the Freshwater Society to increase Minnesotans' awareness of freshwater issues facing the state. According to a recent Water is Life report published by the Freshwater Society, Minnesotans need to act now to guarantee the sustainability of our drinking water supply and to clean up the pollution that taints many of the state's lakes and rivers.

Each year the finalists' and scholarship winners' artwork becomes an exhibit that travels through various public venues throughout the state, including the Minnesota State Capitol. The brilliant art and accompanying artist statements inspire others to take action to protect and conserve our freshwater resources.

For more information about the contest and past winners, please visit:, or