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Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition
Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition
Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition
Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition
Petals and Pollinators: A Youth Art Exhibition

While some plants are self or wind-pollinated, most flowering varieties require some help from birds, bees and other beneficial pollinators in order to reproduce. As part of the Fairchild Challenge environmental education competition at Phipps, we we tasked high school students with creating multimedia pieces depicting a fictional flower based on its co-evolution with a specific pollinator. The entries were thoughtfully and beautifully crafted; clearly labeled with scientifically accurate plant parts; and inventive with their co-evolved flower and pollinator traits. The results are now showcased in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes Green Gallery.

Featured Artists

Elsie Carter, Will Carter, Madison Kapisak, Sydney Knicely and Jenna Mervosh
Elizabeth Forward High School
First Place

Emma ChiChilla, Madison Kober, Brianna Stephans, Kate Polechko, Zoe Smith and Alex Wargo
Penn-Trafford High School
Second Place

Emily Ehrenberger
Shaler Area High School
Third Place

P.J. Squire
Shaler Area High School
Special Merit

Zoe Cutillo 
West Mifflin Area High School
Special Merit (research)

Caden Ferita
Westinghouse Arts Academy Charter School
Special Merit 

Mirabella Stump, Sarah Chormanski, Caitlin Workmaster and Benjamin Kvederis
Keystone Oaks High School

Tess Majewski
North Allegheny Senior High School

Shelby Gogal 
Saint Joseph High School

Allison Wygonik
Saint Joseph High School

Elyssa Pemu and Alexia Schmader
South Park High School

Nia Gambrell and Heavynn Weir 
West Mifflin Area High School

The Fairchild Challenge was designed and initiated by Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Phipps is proud to serve as a satellite site for conservation-themed activities that engage youth across the globe.

Images © Caden Ferita, Emily Ehrenberger, Mirabella Stump, Sarah Chormanski, Caitlin Workmaster, Benjamin Kvederis, Elsie Carter, Will Carter, Madison Kapisak, Sydney Knicely, Jenna Mervosh, Emma ChiChilla, Madison Kober, Brianna Stephans, Kate Polechko, Zoe Smith, Alex Wargo, Zoe Cutillo 

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