Weir Farm 'Art in the Park' contest in Wilton entries due in September

The Art in the Park annual Festival at the Weir Farm Nartional Historical Park on the Wilton, and Ridgefield border, is pictured during a previous year. The park is accepting submissions for its 2021 virtual "Art in the Park" contest, by Wednesday, Sept. 1.

The Art in the Park annual Festival at the Weir Farm Nartional Historical Park on the Wilton, and Ridgefield border, is pictured during a previous year. The park is accepting submissions for its 2021 virtual “Art in the Park” contest, by Wednesday, Sept. 1.

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Be sure to submit artwork by the Weir Farm’s 2021 virtual “Art in the Park” contest submission deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 1, for the National Historical Park, according to information from the park, which is located at 735 Nod Hill Road on the Wilton, and Ridgefield border.

People, who are interested in participating in the contest can join the farm by participating, and submitting a work of art. All artists, from the beginner to the professional level of skill are encouraged to take part in the contest by submitting an image of a piece of artwork that has been inspired by, or that has been made at the park.

Any original work that was created at, or inspired by Weir Farm in any visual art medium may be entered into the contest. The mediums include: Paintings, drawings, pastels, fabrics, sculpture, photographs, mixed media and more.

The submissions for the contest will be accepted online through Sept. 1. Once a piece of artwork is entered into the contest, the artwork will become part of a virtual exhibit that is focused on showcasing artistic inspiration, and creativity at the park, and which is launching on the website for the park at https://www.nps.gov/wefa/index.htm, on Friday, Oct. 1.

View the exhibit from 2020, and the winners of the exhibit from that year, at https://www.nps.gov/wefa/learn/photosmultimedia/aitp-contest-2020.htm.

The rules for the contest are:

- Participants enter the contest by emailing an image of their artwork to National Park Service Park Ranger (interpretation) Amanda Thibault at amanda_thibault@nps.gov, and by filling out a form at https://forms.office.com, to provide information about their art, and permission to use the image on the park’s website,

- Teachers, and group leaders can skip the form, and email their group submissions,

- All artwork must be submitted by the end of the day Sept. 1,

- Only digital submissions will be accepted, no in person submissions will be accepted,

- Any original work created at, or inspired by the park in any visutal art medium may be entered into the contest. This includes the paintings, drawings, pastels, photographs, fabrics, sculpture and mixed media,

- Entries will be judged on the use of color, the quality of work of the artwork, originality, creativity and how well the work represents the park,

- Contest categories include: Junior Artist, Teen Artist, Adult Artist and Advanced Artist for the public and an National Park Service Staff, Partner and Volunteer category. The park is also adding a special category for Photography for this year’s contest,

- The winner of the Advanced Artist category will receive the Weir Masterpiece Award,

- All works will be included in the virtual exhibit on the park’s website,

- The artist gives permission for the park to use images of the work on the park’s website, social media and print media by entering the contest, advanced/professional artists may request crediting, or limitations on use, and

- Also email amanda_thibault@nps.gov with any questions about the contest.