City offers art contest for students

  • By Paul D. Bowker
  • Education reporter
  • April 02, 2008 @ 12:17 PM

The city and Country Financial are offering $1,500 in scholarships to students who create illustrations for Chicago Farmer's Market reusable shopping bags.

The winning student will win a $1,000 scholarship. Two runners-up will receive $250 scholarships.

The entry deadline is April 25, and the contest is open to all high school students attending Chicago Public Schools. Send entries to: Country Financial, Farmers Markets Competition, 55 W. Monroe St., Suite 3150, Chicago, IL 60603.

Entries should be 8.5 inches wide by 7.5 inches tall, and must be matted.

Winners will be notified the week of May 5.

Mayor Richard M. Daley will unveil the winning designs May 15 at Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Designs must include the words, "2008 Chicago Farmers Markets." This year's theme for the Farmers Markets is "healthy living," so students are encouraged to include fruits, vegetables, seasonal images, family and community within the design.

Registration forms and more information are available from principals and art teachers at CPS schools, or by calling (312) 861-4716.

Correction: This article has been updated to reflect that runners-up receive $250, and that the total value of prizes is $1,500. An earlier version gave different numbers.

Paul Bowker, a Chicago-area journalist with 25 years of experience, covers Chicago Public Schools for the Daily News.