BARTLESVILLE, OK -- Price Tower Arts Center is pleased to announce the This Place Matters Art Contest.  It is an effort to encourage students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades to consider the significant structures within their community and to develop an understanding of the importance of preservation.

“This event follows on the This Place Matters Essay Contest we did last year,” said Cynthia Naylor, education coordinator for Price Tower Arts Center.  “We wanted to change things up a bit this year and we felt that the art contest might have a broader appeal for the students.”

Students may draw inspiration for their artwork from one of seven historical Bartlesville-area structures:
• Price Tower
• Woolaroc (any of the structures)
• Frank Phillips Home
• LaQuinta Mansion on the Oklahoma Wesleyan University campus
• The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe/MKT Railroad Depot
• Dewey Hotel
• Sooner Park Play Tower

First, second and third place winners will be selected for each grade level with U.S. Savings Bonds and medals being awarded.  Each participant will receive a certificate of participation.

“Understanding the importance of preservation is something we need to instill in all of our young citizens,” said Tim Boruff, executive director of Price Tower Arts Center.  “From our historic buildings we can develop an understanding of how our ancestors lived and what was important to them.  We can also learn a lot by studying their construction methods and materials used.”

The art may be in any medium with a maximum size of 11 X 17 inches.  Three dimensional pieces will have a maximum base size of 12 X 12 inches.  All art should be unframed.  All artwork must be submitted to art teachers or to Price Tower Arts Center at 510 Dewey Avenue, in Bartlesville, by 4 p.m. on March 9th.

A panel of volunteer judges will select a first, second and third place winner for each of the grade level.  Winners will be announced during an awards ceremony on March 28th.  The keynote speaker for the event will be Justin Johnson, founder of Tulsa-based More Branding.  Johnson will speak with the students about art in every day life.

“After the awards ceremony, artwork will be on display at Washington Park Mall for about a month.  This will give everyone in the community an opportunity to see what the students have created.  We think it will be a great way to recognize all of their effort,” said Debra Woodall, marketing manager for Price Tower Arts Center.

More information about the contest is available by calling 918.336.4949 or online at



About Price Tower

The landmark destination for art, architecture and design, Price Tower Arts Center, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit, provides local, regional and global audiences with the experience of great art, architecture and design in an arts complex whose centerpiece is Frank Lloyd Wright's only skyscraper, the Price Tower.

This National Historic Landmark building, completed in 1956, contains a museum with permanent and changing exhibition galleries; original and restored historic Wright interiors (available by tour); and The Wright Place museum store.

Visitors may also experience Wright's masterpiece as guests of Inn at Price Tower, a high-design hotel that the Arts Center has created within Wright's skyscraper, along with the Inn's eclectic Copper Bar.

Historic tours are available with advanced reservations. Admission is $10 adults, $8 seniors (65+), $5 students and children 16 and under and includes admission to the museum exhibitions (tax not included as may be applicable). For more information, the public may call 918.336.4949 or visit the web site at

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