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March 14, 2007

Dinosaur Art Contest features area students

NORMAN — Three Muskogee students received honors in the 12th International Dinosaur Art Contest at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.

Artwork by Lisan Tiger Blair, 11, received the first place award in the age 10 to 15 sculpture category.

Artworks by Brittany Hill, 16, daughter of Levi and Debbie Hill of Broken Arrow, and Christie Blair Tiger, 13, also were among the top 300 chosen out of more than 2,300 entries received from around the world. Blair and Tiger are the children of Dana Tiger and Donnie Blair of Park Hill.

The art will be included in Dinosaur Art Contest Exhibition on view in the museum on March 13 through May 19.

Blair, Tiger and Hill’s works were part of a group of 10 works submitted by five Native American artists who are students of Legacy Cultural Learning Community, workshops held at Tiger Gallery in Muskogee, with proceeds from a grant by First Nations Development Institute under the Native Youth and Culture Fund.

The museum received entries to the contest from 11 countries, including France, India, Cuba, Japan, Singapore, Korea, Romania, Poland, Turkey, the Philippines and China. Several school children from Norman’s sister cities — Kyoto, Japan, and Clermont-Ferrand, France, — sent entries.

Judges included Debby Kaspari, wildlife artist; Rich Cifelli, curator of vertebrate paleontology; and Chandra Boyd, education officer for the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

First, second and third place winners were chosen in three age categories, plus a professional artist division. The works were judged on creativity, scientific accuracy and artistic merit.

Winners will receive their awards on the exhibit’s closing day, at 2 p.m. May 19, in a ceremony, which is open to the public. All exhibitors will be able to take their artwork home immediately following the awards ceremony.

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. A family of four can visit the museum for under $20. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: (405) 325-4712, or on the Web at www.snomnh.ou.edu.

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