The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences is hosting its 23rd annual art competition, which this year is titled "Art About Agriculture Tour 2005: On the Subject of Food."

"The college seeks art submissions focused on the food we eat, the origins of food, the pathways food takes to markets and tables, and how food inspires our imaginations to create 'the best things we've ever tasted," said Shelley Curtis, curator of OSU's annual Art about Agriculture tour.

The competition is open to artists living in Alaska, British Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Student artwork is not eligible. All media in the visual fine arts and traditional crafts will be considered, said Curtis.

Entries must be mailed with a postmark dated no later than Friday, Dec. 17, or can be hand-delivered and received by OSU by noon on that day. Mail or deliver entries to: Art About Agriculture, College of Agricultural Sciences, 127 Strand Agriculture Hall, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 97331-2213.

Jurors will select artwork for Tour 2005 and grant more than $4,000 in purchase and honor awards.

The Tour 2005 prospectus can be had by sending a postcard with your name and mailing address to: Art About Agriculture, OSU, 127 Strand Agriculture Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331-2213; via the web by e-mail request to shelley.curtis@oregonstate.edu. For questions, e-mail or call Art About Agriculture curator Shelley Curtis at 541-737-5534.

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