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Governor's Awards in the Arts, BLM Birds of Prey Contest

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It seems like only yesterday that we announced the recipients of the 2008 biennial Governor's Awards in the Arts, rambling on about Excellence in the Arts winners John Collias, Becky Gili, Cynthia Guild Stoetzer and the Coeur d'Alene Summer Theatre; Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts winners Gary Keithley and Nahum Hersom; Support for the Arts award recipients Susan Jacklin and the Idaho Community Foundation; Excellence in Arts Administration winner Julie Kilgrow and Lifetime Achievement recipient Nez Perce elder Horace Percy Axtell.

Now, our governor and his 13 volunteer commissioners are looking to pass the torch to the 2010 generation. Started by the Idaho Commission on the Arts in 1970, the Governor's Awards seek to "recognize and encourage excellence in the arts in Idaho." Every two years, the community submits recommendations for nominees in the following: Excellence in the Arts, Excellence in the Folk and Traditional Arts, Support of the Arts, Support of Arts Education, and Excellence in Arts Administration.

Nominees must be Idaho residents, businesses based in Idaho or "organizations or communities that have made a significant contribution to the cultural life of the state." Forms may be picked up at the ICA office at 2410 N. Old Penitentiary Road or at arts.idaho.gov and must be postmarked by March 19, 2010.

If you prefer bad-ass birds to fancy-pants awards ceremonies, then the Bureau of Land Management Birds of Prey National Conservation Area and the Western Heritage Foundation have the arts contest for you. In anticipation of next year's Snake River Birds of Prey Festival on May 14-16, 2010, these organizations are seeking local artists with a penchant for painting majestic prairie falcons or soaring golden eagles to design their promotional poster.

Though the prizes are sizable enough to start a nest egg--first place is $500, second place is $300 and third place is $200--the list of contest rules is longer than the wingspan of a northern goshawk. Each artist must be 18 or older and can only submit one original color entry. The piece must be completed on 11-inch by 17-inch art board, must incorporate Southwest Idaho birds of prey and their environment and must include the words "Snake River Birds of Prey Festival, 2010."

Completed entries, with an attached entry form, should be submitted no later than Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, to the BLM-Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey NCA at 3948 S. Development Ave., Boise, 83705.

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