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2023 Eagle Watch Community Art Showcase

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum 2023 eagle watch logo

It’s that time of year when Bald Eagles migrate to The Dalles Lock and Dam, escaping the harsh northern winters to feast on fish in the sunshine. “Eagle Watch” is a partnership between the Army Corps of Engineers at The Dalles Lock and Dam and the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum. Both organizations host their own separate events throughout January.

This year, the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is trying something new with our annual Eagle Watch event. We’re hosting a free Community Art Showcase. Anyone can participate in a variety of types of media, including illustration, painting, photography, and many more. It’s not a contest, but a couple of Director’s Favorites will be chosen.

Submissions must be an image of an eagle. Artwork must be two-dimensional, on paper that can be hung on a wall with tape. Submissions cannot contain any plant or animal materials as a medium (no grasses, seeds, fur, feathers, etc.). Digital artwork is allowed. No frames or mattes may be used on the artwork. If using canvas, the canvas must be removed from the wooden frame. We recommend mounting fragile papers like rice papers on a sturdier piece of paper or backing as it can be easily damaged. Submissions should be no larger than 12” x 12”.

Participation is free. Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum reserves the right to use submissions for decoration, fundraising, promotional purposes, or printed materials for sale. This may include using them as decoration during the annual Eagle Watch and throughout the year, making them into greeting cards to be used and sold, featuring them on shirts, other promotional materials, and other uses. The artwork will be on display through January 28, 2023. Submissions may be picked up at the Museum from January 29 – February 15, 2023. Artwork will not be returned by mail.

Submissions accepted December 19 – January 31, 2023.
The artwork must be labeled with your name and address on the reverse side of the art.
Limit 3 entries per person. Submit artwork in person or online by emailing

eagle watch sample illustration

Important Dates:

-Submission Start date: December 19, 2022

-Visit the eagles at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center: Saturdays in January, 11 am

-Close of Submissions Date: January 31, 2023

-View eagles at The Dalles Lock and Dam Visitors Center: January 21, 2023, 10 am – 4 pm

-Artist Reception: February 4, 2023, 1 pm – 3 pm at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

Questions? Email

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