U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition Fine Art in Straw…


  • Artists will receive a $250 stipend for registered sculptures delivered on time to Mt. Morris.
  • Sculptures become the property of ENCORE! Mt. Morris once payment is made.
  • First Place Award: $500 for Best in Show (Public Voting).
  • Artists Choice Award $300 (Competing Artists Voting).
  • There will be wide area media attention.


  • Create individually or with a team.
  • The sculpture must be at least 90% straw on the surface. Burlap, jute, sisal, twigs, etc, may be attached. Minimal use of spray paint for highlights. (Inside framework can be any material.)
  • Sculpture Size: minimum—6 ½ feet (height or length).
  • Create your piece at home and then transport it to Mt. Morris by August 9th. If necessary, we’ll do our best to help with transportation, if notified in advance.
  • Many methods of construction. The straw is basically wrapped with twine. Average time: 2 weeks to construct. Shop Lowe’s or other home centers for a bale or two of wheat straw. (About $7.) Click the Tutorial Link or email Tutorial@StrawUSA.com and request access to Fran’s tutorial for basic techniques and tips.
  • Construct your sculpture to withstand high winds and rain. They will be tethered to the ground with thin cables. Tether connection points should be built into sculptures if required.
Additional information about ENCORE! Mt. Morris at EncoreMtMorris.com

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