Oklahoma Panhandle State University
OPSU Graduate Wins 2014 Oklahoma State Duck Stamp Contest By OPSU Campus Communications on 01/22/2014 Goodwell, Okla. — Shea Meyer of Stratford, Okla. has been named the winner for the 2014 Oklahoma State Duck Stamp Contest. Meyer's artwork will be featured on the 2014 Oklahoma Duck Stamp which serves as a hunting license for waterfowl in addition to a conservation tool.
The Oklahoma duck stamp program began in 1980 and was designed to ensure quality habitat for the large number of ducks and geese that migrate through Oklahoma. The program features portraits of the state's diverse waterfowl species drawn by the nation's top artists. Funding for the waterfowl conservation projects is collected through the sale of waterfowl licenses and stamp sales. The money raised has been used to purchase as well as maintain wetland acres.
Meyer, a Guymon High School Graduate, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art from Oklahoma Panhandle State University graduating with honors in May of 2005. After touring several other schools, Meyer chose OPSU knowing it would be a good fit for him because of the Art Department. Meyer credits his involvement with the Duck Stamp Contest directly to a painting class he took with Bryon Test, OPSU Art Department Head, in which he actually completed his first waterfowl painting.
Currently, Meyer is an Art teacher in Stratford, Okla. He teaches grades 6-12 and will complete his seventh year of teaching in May. Meyer commented that his education at OPSU has a direct connection to the way he teaches at Stratford.
He said, "I had a very well rounded art experience at OPSU from drawing, to painting with acrylic and watercolor, to hand-built and wheel thrown pottery, to sculpture, and even jewelry making, allowing me to teach a wide variety of things."
Meyer's students compete in various competitions and he has had several winners in a number of different contests. Two of his students have competed and won the Oklahoma Junior Duck Stamp Contest allowing them to compete in the Federal Contest.
Meyer's artwork can be seen at the Paul Farrell Art Auction on Friday, March 7, 2014. He will also be a featured artist at the 2015 OPSU Art Jubilee.