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Federal duck stamp contest making first visit to Wisconsin at UW-Stevens Point campus

Judges vote on waterfowl paintings at an earlier contest. Judges do not know the name of the artist who painted each entry, and they vote without knowing how other judges voted. (Photo by Tim Eisele)

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity takes place the week of Sept. 11, when outdoors enthusiasts can watch judging of the 2018 federal duck stamp in Stevens Point on Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16.

And, it is all free of charge and open to the public.

The contest is moved around the United States and has never been held in Wisconsin.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service duck stamp office has more than 200 original paintings that have been entered in the contest, the only juried art contest sponsored by the federal government.

Each painting depicts either a mallard, gadwall, cinnamon teal, blue-winged teal, or harlequin.

The doors to the gallery in the Noel Fine Arts Center (1800 Portage St., Stevens Point) will be open at 9 a.m. Friday. Opening ceremonies and beginning of judging begins at 10 a.m. in Michelson Hall.

Upstairs are exhibits on Ding Darling, father of the federal duck stamp, along with state and national stamp organizations, DNR, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service exhibits.

Judging for the duck stamp will continue Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., with a final selection should be made around noon.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the artists, and Wisconsin artists who annually submit paintings for state stamp contests will learn by watching and talking with the artists.

Parking is available at Holy Spirit Catholic Church at the corner of Stanley Street and Reserve Street, just east of the campus.

For a complete itinerary of all of the activities, click here. To see entries or to connect to a live feed Friday and Saturday, click here.

This is an opportunity never before seen in Wisconsin, and waterfowlers and wildlife art enthusiasts ought to take advantage. And of additional interest, the first annual duck decoy carving contest sponsored by the Wisconsin Waterfowl Association and UW-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources will be held at the nearby Dreyfus Center. For more details, click here.

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