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Post By: culinarypunk      Posted: 4/2/2018 9:53:07 AM     Points: 84484    
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has big plans for the 35th anniversary of the Conservation Stamp Art Show. Everyone is welcome to a full afternoon and evening of free, all-ages events in Cheyenne on April 14 at the Asher Building, 1506D W. 15th St., in Cheyenne.

Events begin with public judging of the artwork at noon. Then people will have a chance to make a mule deer painting of their own at a drop-in art workshop, hosted by Christina Blooding, owner of Cheyenne’s Flydragon Design Art Studio, from 2:30-4 p.m.

The art show reception kicks off at 5 p.m. with appetizers, beverages, a children’s activity corner and live entertainment. The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. with a video of the art show’s history and an explanation of how the stamps benefit Wyoming wildlife.

To accommodate the extra festivities, the annual judging and art show is moving from the Game and Fish Headquarters to the Asher Building. The mule deer artwork selected in this contest will be printed on the 2019 conservation stamp. The original piece of art will become the property of the Game and Fish on permanent public display in the Cheyenne Game and Fish office.

2018 Conservation Stamp Art Competition Winner
Artist: Justin Hayward, Casper, WY, Species: Badger (taxidea taxus)

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department's Conservation Stamp Art competition continues to lead the country in state wildlife stamp art competitions in number of entries, prize money and quality of artwork. The winner will be reproduced on approximately 200,000 Conservation Stamps. The original piece of art becomes the property of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to be placed on permanent public display in the department's Cheyenne headquarters office.

Conservation stamps originated in 1984 and almost all hunters and anglers in Wyoming must purchase the stamp yearly. Stamps are also purchased by collectors and purchasers of the Wyoming Conservation Stamp limited edition art prints.
2018 Species and Beyond
The conservation stamp species for next year, the 2018 Conservation Stamp Art Show, will be the badger. The 2019 stamp will be the mule deer (the 30th anniversary of the last time we used the mule deer, and the 35th anniversary of the art show). The 2020 stamp species will be the Colorado River cutthroat.

Please keep a look out for our 2018 Rulebook as it will become available late summer/early fall.