Announcing the New York State Zoo's First Annual Art Competition!

We're looking for local students and artists to submit their animal or conservation-themed artwork for display in our Education Center at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.

Qualified art will include the following points:

  • All artwork must have a strong animal/wildlife or conservation theme consistent with the zoo’s message.
  • All winning artwork becomes the property of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park Zoo and may be reproduced in any manner for publication, display, or marketing.
  • Multiple submissions are welcome but a separate entry form must be attached to each piece of art. Only one entry per participant will be awarded a prize.
  • Entries may not be returned and will become the property of the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park
  • Awards will be given for artwork selected for display in the Education Center at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park.
  • All mediums are welcome and creativity is encouraged.


Artwork is due for consideration on May 19, 2018. Please drop off all submissions at Guest Services during normal business hours (daily, 10:00-5:00)
Final voting will be conducted by Zoo visitors the week of May 21-26
Winners will be announced at our gallery opening on May 31st (all applicants and their friends/families are welcome!)
Questions? Contact Haleigh at haleigh@nyszoo.org