Field Notes

June 11, 2018

46 Students Featured in Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams Art Contest

The Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams is pleased to announce 46 winners and runners-up in its 10th-annual art contest. Altogether, 268 young people contributed artwork, ranging from fourth-to-12th grade and spanning 11 schools across Kosciusko County.

The 2017-18 contest theme was “Seasons of the Lakes & Streams.” The students’ work creatively displayed a large variety of perspectives, artistic mediums and subjects. Some students used watercolor, others used pencil, and still others used unlikely mediums, including rubber cement.

“Every year, our team gets to look at all the pieces,” said Emily Barge, a second-year student at Grace College and Lilly Center team member. “We love it when the mail comes and we see stacks of artwork from teachers and parents!” The pieces are first placed in categories by age group. The six or seven highest-ranking pieces from each category are then taken to the art department at Grace College. There, the professors and students chose a winner and the runners-up for each age group. These are then placed into a calendar for the following year.

Winning pieces from the 2017-18 contest will be available for viewing at in the Mount Memorial Art Gallery on the Grace College campus; at Mutual Bank locations in Warsaw and Syracuse; at Latte Lounge in downtown Warsaw; and at Center Lake Park during the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival. They will also be displayed in the Warsaw Alley, located in downtown Warsaw, for the months of May and June.

The art contest is one of four Lilly Center programs that focus on K-12 education. The others include Lake Adventure Day, a two-day field trip to a local lake, and Classroom Lake Experience, a program that brings aquariums of fish to classrooms for the duration of a school year. The Lilly Center also offers an Aquatic Petting Zoo, a fun and interactive program that allows students to directly interact with native underwater animals.

The 2017-18 contest was sponsored by Lake City Bank, Louis Dreyfus Commodities, The Watershed Foundation, Kay Young, Mutual Bank, The Papers Inc., the City of Warsaw, Clearwater Car Wash, Kosciusko Community Hospital, Medtronic, Didage Sales Company/ Surgical Power, Inc., and Zimmer Biomet. If you are interested in sponsoring the art contest, or any Lilly Center education program, visit or email