NASHVILLE, TN (July 1, 2015) -- Rising Country artist, Tyler Barham, has been announced as a celebrity panelist for Montana Meth Project's Paint the State.
Barham will join Oscar-winner J.K. Simmons, artist Larry Pirnie and photographer Mark Mesenko as celebrity panelists who will select three "Celebrity Artists Award" winners of Paint the State. The panel will choose the top submission from each of the following categories: Video, Outdoor/Sculpture, and Artwork/Photography.
Paint the State encourages the public to submit art projects that portray the dangers of Meth. During the 2006 and 2010 contests, teens all over Montana created more than 1,000 works of art for Paint the State.
Barham said he remembers learning about Paint the State when he was in junior high school. "Seeing the devastating effects it has on people's lives and families crushes me." Barham said he opted to join the panel out of his love for Montana. "I don't want to see Meth rob any more teens from pursuing their dreams."
In addition to the three $7,500 Celebrity Artists Awards, the general public will vote online for three $2,500 People's Choice Award-winners in each category for a total prize of up to $10,000.
Registration is open for individuals age 12 or older, or teams of four. One submission per person or team is allowed. Artwork must be clearly visible to the public from July 16 - September 15, whether online or in a public location. The submission period ends July 15, and voting begins August 1. Winners will be announced on September 18. Full details for submissions are available at http://www.montanameth.org/PTS/