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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Student Art Contest/Cooperative Calendar of Student Art 2016 Student Art Contest/Cooperative Calendar of Student Art 2016

The Student Art Contest/Cooperative Calendar of Student Art 2016 will be the 18th annual showcase of award-winning works by Indiana students. The contest and calendar project celebrates and encourages Indiana student artists in grades K-12. The art is used to illustrate the following year’s wall calendar produced for Indiana’s not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, by their statewide publication, Electric Consumer.

For the contest, each grade is assigned the corresponding month of the year: first graders are assigned January, second graders have February and so on through high school seniors who are assigned December. The art should reflect the month: its holidays, weather, etc. Kindergartners may illustrate whatever they wish, and their art is used on the cover of the calendar. First place is selected for each grade by a panel of judges; winning works are used to illustrate the calendar. The calendar is sponsored and distributed free of charge by participating electric cooperatives around the state. Winners are awarded prize money. Contest details, rules and entry forms are available to download on our website:

Q&A with Legacy Project Coordinator Richard G. Biever

What do you consider the key accomplishment of your Legacy Project?

  • Connecting our annual student art contest/calendar project for Indiana students K-12
    for the 2016 calendar to the Bicentennial by adding to the judging criteria that the
    artwork submitted for each month must also reflect an aspect of Indiana history,
    events, activities, places or people. We feel this was accomplished well. The calendar
    requires each grade, 1-12, depict the month of the year associated with their numbered
    grade (first grade: January; second grade: February; etc., until 12th grade: December).
    Kindergartners created art for the cover. Students creatively connected various Hoosier
    things to each month:
    Cover — Farming (Tractor pulling a large Indiana flag, surrounded by 200 stars in the
    artwork and in the border)
    January — State bird cardinal in a snowy tree
    February — Abe Lincoln's boyhood home
    March — Hoosier basketball hysteria
    April — cardinals, statehouse, flowers and Robert Indiana's iconic "Indiana" and "Love"
    May — State tree, tulip poplar, in bloom
    June — Meriwether Lewis meeting up with William Clark at the Falls of the Ohio River
    in Clarksville
    July — Child celebrating the Fourth at New Pekin's Fourth of July celebration
    August — Pigs at the state fair
    September — Indiana's colorful autumn trees
    October — the Conner House at Conner Prairie surrounded by autumn trees and
    November — Indianapolis' Circle and Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument for Veterans
    December — Statehouse with a bicentennial banner

Describe a highlight or most memorable moment related to your Legacy Project.

  • Almost 1,800 entries were received for the contest. A highlight was just opening each
    package or envelope of entries and seeing what each student came up with. We even
    learned things about Indiana: the first professional baseball game was played in Fort
    Wayne between the Fort Wayne Kekiongas and a team from Cleveland; Raggedy Ann
    and Andy were created by an Indianapolis illustrator. Artwork included West Baden,
    Carole Lombard, Amelia Earhart, the Peru circus, James Dean, David Letterman,
    James Whitcomb Riley, and so much more.

How/where are you preserving information and artifacts related to your Legacy Project?

  • We have the printed 2016 Cooperative Calendar of Student Art in which 13 winning
    works (and nine additional honorable mentions) were published. The calendar was
    distributed statewide by participating electric cooperatives from Sept. 2015 through the
    beginning of 2016. We delivered a box of calendars to the Bicentennial Commission in
    early 2016 and have more if the Legacy Project Coordinator would need or like more.
    We returned the original artwork to the winning students after having it displayed during
    the opening of the Hoosier Salon's 2015 exhibition (Hoosier Salon have helped Indiana
    electric cooperatives promote the contest for several years by hosting a reception for
    our winners in conjunction with the opening of its annual exhibition). Winning works will
    remain on our website along with other past winning works from our annual contest.

Estimated total attendance.

  • Almost 1,800 contest entries from students, K-12, from all over Indiana.

Project Details

  • Organization: Indiana Electric Cooperatives/Electric Consumer Magazine
  • County: Marion
  • Contact: Richard G. Biever, 317-487-2242,
  • Type: Non-profit
  • Project Number: IBC-YE-57
  • Website:

Photos of Electric Cooperative Student Art Contest Calendar

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