Youth Artist in Residence Program

2020 A.I.R. Program Art Gallery & Competition

The Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, in conjunction with the Harney County Migratory Bird Festival, sponsored the annual Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. Wildlife Refuge Specialist Carey Goss and a local artist spent eight days traveling to schools in Burns, Diamond, Frenchglen, Crane, Drewsey, Riley, Double O, and Fields. The program combines history, art and science and served almost 600 students in grades K-8.

This year, in the face of Covid-19, we are modifying this program to engage our rural students through a virtual gallery of their artwork. We hope you enjoy the creative genius of our local youth. Enjoy!

Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

3rd - 5th Grade

6th - 8th Grade

9th - 12th Grade

Entries will be judged in four groups according to grade level: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. First, second and third place entries are selected from each grade level by a voting process with local government and non-profit organizations personnel. A total of three entries must be entered for each grade level to be eligible for the contest. If less than three, the entries will receive a $50.00 scholarship.

Awards for each Age Group: 
First Place  $100.00
Second Place  $75.00
Third Place  $50.00

All entries must be digitally submitted by May 1st, 2020 to
All entries will be posted digitally by May 11, 2020
Notification of winners will be made no later than May 11, 2020