Local artist earns TikTok fame shortlisted for best waterfowl artist


Kira Fennell tries to win Federal Duck Stamp art competition which raises funds for wildlife habitat

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minnesota – Wildlife officials say this is one of the most effective conservation tools in its tool belt – the Federal duck stamp competition.

A young local artist is throwing her hat in the ring again this year and is using social media to get support.

Kira Fennell has gone viral on TikTok for showcasing her work in an attempt to win this competition, and her last video has over two million views.

This is the third time in a row that she has entered the competition organized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The winning artist’s drawing will honor a $ 25 permit that waterfowl hunters must have, and an environmentalist wants to help raise funds to protect wildlife habitat.

“I think the part of TikTok that worked is that it’s right in my living room and it’s just me painting, and it’s not a big production. It was like, here, leave it. me show you what I do. “said Fennell.

Fennell hasn’t gone very far in the competition before. Three Minnesota brothers have dominated for ten years.

But the recent graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art and Design combines impressionism and realism and has studied past laureates “aggressively.” She has a good chance this time around with her portrayal of a Ross goose.

“It’s a great starting point for your career,” Fennell said. “You could have a very successful wildlife career afterwards, if you want to, and that’s a good thing for the resume.”

She will face about 200 other artists across the country. There is no cash prize, but Fennell says that with her newfound fame and support across the world, she already feels like a winner.

“Harnessing that and making it into something that also promotes conservation is all I could have asked for,” Fennell said.

Five expert panelists will judge all nominations this weekend and Fennell will know how she fared at that time.

She said if she wins, she plans to order pizza.



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