Oregon students in grades 7 through 12 submitted artwork for the Second Annual Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Young Artist Contest this past school year. The purpose of the contest is to showcase the beauty of Oregon agriculture while creating a positive learning experience for students. The contest also helps further students’ understanding of agriculture’s impact on our daily lives.

Students were encouraged to submit any type of artwork including paintings, drawings, sculptures and photography, representing the beauty and bounty of Oregon agriculture. In total, 46 entries representing Oregon’s unique agricultural diversity were submitted to the contest.

The winning artwork was selected after two separate rounds of judging by professionals within the agriculture and art communities. The top three artists in each category received a first, second and third place cash prize respectively. Along with their art, each student provided a description and made a connection to agriculture in their daily lives.

Caleb Jacobson’s watercolor painting of three pears.

Caleb Jacobson of Summit Learning Charter School in Portland described, “Pears are such a classic Oregon-grown commodity. We even grow pears on our property! I like calling this piece either “Fall Fruit” or simply “Three Pears”. It is a watercolor of large pears on top of a textured background that I painted first with textures on top in order to create the backdrop.”

Caleb’s artwork placed first in the painting category.

Grace Darlak’s sculpture of harvesting apples.

Grace Darlak of Carden Cascade Academy created a sculpture out of recycled materials. Grace wrote, “The idea for the tree and apples were from the love of harvesting fruit.  My family and I love to u-pick every summer.  We would go a u-pick farm and gather berries and fruit such as, blackberries, gooseberries, red and white currants, plums, and apples. The tree and apples represent my love for fruit, nature and u-picking.”

Grace’s artwork placed second in the sculpture category.

These are just a few of the delightful examples of students using their talents to showcase the beauty of Oregon agriculture.

All of the winning artists’ work can be viewed on the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom website.