RALEIGH— Are you a budding artist or illustrator? Imagine the opportunity for your art work to be on display at the largest tourist attraction in North Carolina. The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is asking children across the state to “show us what you got!” The Museum will be accepting entries for the Dinosaur Illustration Contest July 1 through August 15. Children 18 and under can submit their best and most realistic drawing of a dinosaur in its natural surroundings for a chance to win a prize and have their drawing displayed in the Museum Store for visitors to see. Drawings will be judged on artistic ability and scientific accuracy.
The contest is inspired by the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit, showing exclusively at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences until September 8. The exhibit fuses art with traditional STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and allows visitors to manipulate 14 life-size, metal dinosaur “skeletons” via lever-and-pulley systems or remote controls.
Artists can use any medium they’d like, from crayons to water color. Drawings must be submitted on a standard 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. The work must be their own; copied or traced drawings will not be considered, and drawings done with the help of an adult will be excluded from the contest. The drawings will be judged by Paleontology Lab Director Lindsay Zanno, Paleontology Lab Assistant Director Paul Brinkman, Assistant Art Director Lori Belk, and N.C. State Biological Illustration Professor Jennifer Landin. Winners will be announced on August 25.
For additional rules and a submission form (required for each entry) visit www.naturalsciences.org/dinosketch  or either of the Museum Stores.