BREC Zoo is hosting its annual Art Gone Wild art contest. Submissions are open through Nov. 25.

Artists of all ages and experience levels are invited to paint or draw the zoo animals that inspire them most and submit their work for judging at the zoo's annual ZooLights event in December.

Entries for Art Gone Wild are free, but submissions are limited to one per person. Artwork entered must be 2-D and drawn or painted entirely by hand. Submission categories are:

  • Beginner (child up to second grade)
  • Intermediate (child grades three to six)
  • Advanced (child grades seven to 12)
  • Adults 

Submissions will be on display Dec. 11-12 during ZooLights for visitors to vote for their favorites in person. A first, second and third place winner will be determined within each category by public vote and an overall winner will be determined by a panel of community judges.

The deadline for art submissions is Nov. 25, and submissions can be dropped off at BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo, 3601 Thomas Road, Baker, during normal business hours.

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