The State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia is conducting a statewide art competition sponsored by the J.A. and H.G. Woodruff, Jr. Charitable Trust to recognize student talent in Georgia and create items for sale in the garden’s gift shop.

The first-prize winner will receive $1,000, with second place winning $500 and third place with $250. Certificates of merit also will be awarded. Artwork awarded cash prizes will become the property of the State Botanical Garden and will be used to create signature items, such as key chains, totes, stationery, T-shirts, journals and scarves, only sold in the garden’s gift shop.
The competition is open to Georgia students in ninth grade through college and the deadline for submissions is Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. There is no entry fee for this competition. Winners of the competition will be announced in mid-December.

Artwork must be original, two-dimensional and no larger than 24-by-36 inches, in square, horizontal, round, oval or vertical formats. Acceptable forms of media include pencil, pen and ink, paint, photography, collage and computer-enhanced graphics. One-color designs are welcome and encouraged in order to create affordable gift shop products. The artwork does not need to be framed, but it should be signed.

Previous winning entrants have included high school and home-schooled students as well as college students studying art, graphic design, illustration and photography and other subjects not related to art or horticulture.

Submissions may be dropped off in the lower level of the Callaway Building at the Botanical Garden or mailed to Connie Cottingham, 2450 S. Milledge Ave., Athens, Ga. 30605. See the complete guidelines and entry form at

A unit of the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia provides the general public as well as UGA faculty, staff and students opportunities for recreation, events, research and learning through its natural areas, display gardens and building spaces.