HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Huntington Museum of Art and Google announced Wednesday that the museum will be supporting the Doodle 4 Google 2012 contest, encouraging K-12 students in West Virginia to participate and exhibiting the 10 state finalists' doodles in a local exhibition from May 22-June 26.
The Google doodle is a fun version of the popular website's logo that is displayed on the site's homepage throughout the year in celebration of holidays, anniversaries, and the birthdays of notable artists and scientists. The annual contest encourages student artists to create logos, and this year's theme is "If I could travel in time, I'd visit..."
In addition to seeing their doodle displayed on Google's homepage in May, the winner also will receive a $30,000 college scholarship and a $50,000 technology grant for his or her school, a digital design tablet and more.
Each of the other four national finalists will win a $5,000 educational grant to be used at the school of their choice and other prizes.
Last year, Google received a record 107,000 submissions.
This year, Google tweaked the contest to have a winner in every state, and that's how the Huntington Museum got involved.
"It was wonderful to be chosen, or recognized like that -- they contacted us four weeks ago and couldn't tell us what it was about, and then we couldn't say anything until they rolled everything out," said Margaret Mary Layne, executive director of the museum. "I'm certain our school system will be interested, as well as after school enrichment programs.
"They knew we are a premier provider of children's services, fostering creativity. We have the connections, and the facility to do a top-end exhibit," Layne said.
The doodles by the 50 state winners will be displayed at the New York Public Library in an exhibition open to the public over the summer. From the 50 state winners, there will be five national finalists and one national winner. All 50 state winners will be flown to New York City for the national awards ceremony on May 17, with the winning doodle appearing on May 18.
Each of the state finalists will receive a certificate and see their artwork featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest website.
Google is partnering with Crayola this year and the winning doodler's artwork will appear on a special edition of the 64-crayon box.
An opening reception for the West Virginia exhibition will be held at 7 p.m. May 22 at the Huntington Museum. Museum admission will be free throughout the run of the exhibit.
To participate, visit www.google.com/doodle4google.