The Gainesville Sun
UF art contest encourages organ and tissue donation
Special to the Sun

March 21, 2002

The Get Carded organization is encouraging students and community members to create art, win cash and help a critical cause by participating in the Art of Donation contest.

The art contest will promote the benefits of organ and tissue donation through portrayal of the positive message, “Brightening Lives Through Organ and Tissue Donation.”

The registration deadline for the art contest is Friday. Registration forms can be picked up in the University of Florida’s Fine Arts Building C in the main office. Completed art is due in the same office on April 12.

The artwork is to be no larger than 16 by 20 inches and can be created with watercolors, oils, pastels, charcoals, colored pencils or digital art.

Submitted art will be displayed on the walls of the second floor of the Reitz Union during the month of April.

Judges will chose the top three winners, who will cash prizes: $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. Winning art will be used in future Get Carded campaign activities.

“We want this art contest to serve as an educational tool, to artistically portray the lifesaving gift of organ and tissue donation,” said Angela Walters, Get Carded co-director.

“This is not only an opportunity for the artists who submit their work, but for the entire community to view an exhibit that will illustrate the gift of life.”

Get Carded is a campaign comprised of UF students whose aim is to encourage other students to consider organ and tissue donation and to talk to their families about their wishes to donate.

The campaign’s series of focused events will occur during the week of April 16. Activities will include a speaker’s forum, an educational fair and the creation of a living green ribbon.

The need for organ and tissue donors is critical. Currently, 80,000 people are waiting for an organ transplant in the United States.

Every 13 minutes, another name is added to the national transplant waiting list. Sixteen people die each day while waiting for a transplant that could have saved their life.