Salmon Art Contest

Call for Entries: Soliciting Sculptures for a Judged Installation at Sequoia Park Zoo


Project Background:

Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California, is currently constructing a new exhibit entitled Watershed Heroes that will house salmon, otters and bald eagles in an interactive environment designed to inspire stewardship of local wildlife and natural resources. The exhibit’s message is that salmon are a keystone species in our environment and depend on healthy watersheds that we can all help protect. This installation will represent the concept that all parts of our landscape touch salmon habitat – “Salmon Are Everywhere” – and is a sub-theme running through the exhibit experience.

Artwork Specifications:
Salmon sculptures must be designed for outdoor display to withstand the coastal Humboldt County environment, and should be easily maintained for long-term display. Sculptures must require no assembly to install and will be mounted on pedestals or suspended. Sculptures should be large enough to see from a distance of 8 feet; life-sized preferred. Sculptures will be installed in groupings within specific landscaped areas of the exhibit as well as among/within the redwood trees. Sculptures not meeting zoo criteria for installation must be picked up by artist after judging.


  • Life-sized salmon sculptures, using any medium appropriate for outdoor display
  • Work should fit a theme that “Salmon Are Everywhere in our Landscape/Watershed”
  • Finished sculptures must be delivered by May 1, 2014 for judging and installation
  • Entry restricted to artists aged 18 and up

The deadline to submit a complete application and entry fee of $15 is now February 15, 2014. More information on mounting system options will be made available to artists by mid-January.

Entry Fee & Cash Awards:

A non-refundable entry fee of $15 is required per sculpture, no limit to entries. Fee waived for first entry for students with current school ID. A $750 ‘Best of Show’ cash award will go to one artist and four additional artists will receive ‘Honorable Mentions’ & cash prizes of $150 each. All entries will be judged and winners selected by art judge Jemima Harr, Executive Director-Curator of the Humboldt Arts Council and the Morris Graves Museum of Art.

Artists whose work is installed will be recognized in a self-guided zoo art tour brochure available at the Zoo. In addition, all artists will be invited for the VIP sneak preview exhibit opening.

How to Enter:

Download an entry form or pick up at the zoo ticket booth. Complete the application and submit the entry fee of $15 by due Feb 15, 2014. Finished sculptures must be delivered by May 1, 2014.

Send questions to ten.o1529300669ozkra1529300669paiou1529300669qes@t1529300669ranom1529300669las1529300669.

Read the press release for more information about the art contest, and learn more about the upcoming salmon exhibit on our Watershed Heroes page.


Adults (13-59)  $10.00

Military (with ID)  $7.00

Seniors (60+)  $7.00

Children (3-12)  $6.00

Babies (0-2)  FREE


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