The Steamship Authority is requesting submissions from some local student artists.

Kimberlee McHugh, Director of Marketing for the Steamship Authority, told WBSM's Phil Paleologos the “Sail Into Imagination” Art Contest is accepting pieces from students in grades K-12.

The Contest, which is open only to students attending school in New Bedford, Fairhaven, Falmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket, is requesting artwork that references both the Steamship Authority and the uniqueness of those local communities.

Homeschooled or school‐choice students living in these same communities may also participate in the contest.

“The artwork must illustrate the ‘Sail Into Imagination’ theme and should include a Steamship Authority ferry,” said McHugh “the artwork should also showcase seaside life, or unique attributes or landmarks from their community.”

Original drawings, paintings and sketches made using oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pen, pencil, ink or some combination of those media will be accepted.

Artwork should be submitted on either an 11” x 17” sheet of paper, canvas or other flat surface that does not exceed 16” tall x 20” wide and must be in landscape/horizontal format.

Art that is 3‐dimensional will not be accepted.

McHugh says 12 students will be selected and their winning entries will be seen throughout the year, and on many a ferry voyage.

“We’re going to put them in a calendar that we design for 2017,” said McHugh “and we’re also going to feature the winning entries on our ferries this summer.”

In addition each winner will receive four gift certificates valid for round‐trip passenger travel to any port served by the SSA and will also be invited to a reception  in June where the winning artwork will be unveiled.

All entries must be received by May 31.

Submission forms and other information can be found on to the Steamship Authority’s website.