Sustainability art contest open for WUSTL community children

Last year’s first-place winning entry for the Grades 3-5 category, by Kailey Wentzel.

Have budding young artists in the house? WUSTL campus sustainability committees want to show off their talents.

The Children’s Sustainability Art Contest for Washington University community children attending kindergarten through high school will be held to raise awareness among university families of the importance of sustainable living.

Young family members of WUSTL and BJC faculty, staff, students and contract employees can submit original works of art that focus on themes of sustainability.

Winners will come from four age groups — Grades K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12 — and will receive prizes from the Saint Louis Science Center, Missouri Botanical Garden and Magic House. Winners’ artwork also will be displayed in exhibits on the Danforth and Medical campuses this spring.

Entry forms, rules and a contest kit are posted here. Entries must be received by 3 p.m. Friday, March 9.

All artwork must be original and pertain to the theme of “sustainability.” The artwork must be the contestant’s original hand‐drawn creation. Electronically generated artwork is not eligible.

Suggested themes include:

  • Rethink, Reduce, Reuse and/or Recycle
  • Conserve natural resources
  • “The Power of One”
  • Energy conservation
  • Green transportation, including walking, biking and transit
  • Sustainable food
  • Biodiversity

Artwork will be judged according to:

  • Creativity
  • Visual impact
  • Artistic merit
  • Original concept — how the artwork inspires people to live sustainably

To submit entries, mail the original artwork and an entry form through campus mail or take them to a drop-off location.

On the Danforth Campus, send artwork and a completed submission form to Campus Box 1103, or drop them off in person at the Office of Sustainability in Myers Hall, Room 002 on the South 40.

For the Medical Campus, send to Art Contest, Campus Box 8222, or drop them off in person at the Dean’s Suite on the first floor of the North Building, Suite 1800.

To have artwork returned when the contest is finished, list the artist’s name and return Campus Box address on the back of the artwork. Artwork may also be picked up at the conclusion of the exhibits in April.

Children may submit multiple entries.

Entries must be no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches and must not exceed 1/4 inch in thickness.

The contest is sponsored by the School of Medicine Sustainability Action Team and the Office of Sustainability.

The contest kit contains an outline for a family discussion on sustainability that includes suggestions for topics and how to set sustainability goals as a family.

For more information, email Jenny Kraus‐Smith ( on the Danforth Campus or Wendy Flusser ( on the Medical Campus.