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KONG, Art.com Host ‘Picture Perfect Pets’ Children’s Art Contest

September 5, 2012

Competition Encourages Children to Create Original Works of Art Featuring Their Pets or Favorite Animals; Winners Will Receive Prizes for Themselves and School

GOLDEN, Colo. As children begin to experiment with art, many of them make a family pet the subject of their first drawings. In celebration of this tradition, KONG Company has partnered with Art.com to launch the nationwide Picture Perfect Pets children’s art contest. Now through October 31, children grades 1-6 can submit original drawings of animals for the chance to win exciting prizes from KONG and Art.com for themselves and their school.

Schools across the country are invited to participate with their art classes, or children can participate in the Picture Perfect Pets contest on their own by visiting kongcompany.com/connect/contest/. To enter the contest, children should simply draw, color or paint their favorite household pet, or wild or imaginary animal on one 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper. Entries can be done with pencils, crayons, ink, pastels, charcoal, watercolors or acrylics. All entries must be submitted with an official entry form and be postmarked by October 31, 2012. To find more information about how to participate, access the rules and the entry forms, visit kongcompany.com/connect/contest/.  

“We know that children are just as passionate about pets as their parents are, so we are thrilled to work with Art.com on this fun contest that will encourage children’s creativity and celebrate animals,” said KD Frueh, President of the KONG Company. “We look forward to the works of art that young minds across the country will create for this contest, and we will happily award the winners with KONG toys, which they can use to engage and play with their own pets.”

The winners will be chosen by a panel of qualified experts including professionals in the art and animal care fields. The first place winner will receive $100 cash from KONG, $100 Photos to Art™ gift certificate from Art.com and a large gift box of pet toys and treats. In addition, the first place winner’s school will receive a donation of $250 from KONG and a $100 Photos to Art gift certificate from Art.com. The second place winner will receive $50 cash from KONG and a medium gift box of pet toys and treats. The third place winner will receive $25 cash from KONG and a small gift box of pet toys and treats.

“In addition to original drawings, we know that young budding artists enjoy taking photos of their pets and other animals, which is why we elected to award the winners with Photos to Art gift certificates,” said Ivy Ross, Chief Marketing Officer of Art.com. “Our Photos to Art™ offering helps people turn their personal photos into custom art quickly and easily. We hope the winners will use the gift certificates to create treasured art pieces featuring their beloved pets.”

For more information, contact Sandra Schlafer at KONG at (303) 216-2626, email sschlafer@kongcompany.com or visit http://www.kongcompany.com.

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About KONG Company

KONG Company is the premier global provider of interactive toys and other products for dogs and cats. The company’s namesake Classic KONG is widely regarded as the “World’s Best Dog Toy” and is recommended by vets, trainers and behaviorists more than any other toy. With a persistent commitment to innovation, the company continues to regularly introduce unique, high-quality dog and cat products. KONG also makes it a top priority to give back to the pet community. KONG was founded in 1976 and is based in Golden, Colorado. For more information visit kongcompany.com or facebook.com/KONGCompany.

About Art.com Inc.

With more than 12 million customers in 120 countries worldwide, Art.com Inc. is the world’s largest online specialty retailer of high-quality wall art. The company was founded in 1998 with one goal—to help people find the art they love so they can love their spaces more. Offering an unparalleled assortment of art images, Art.com’s vision is to forever lead the way art is experienced and consumed. Art.com Inc. runs three sites in the USA—Art.com, AllPosters.com and ArtistRising.com—and has a strong international presence with 25 local sites in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, Mexico, and South America.

The company offers custom framing and specialty printing, interactive visualization tools to help people find the perfect piece of art for their space and an app for iPad called artCircles, that lets users explore art from a hand-picked selection of curated collections. Art.com, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA, with other facilities in Ohio, North Carolina and the Netherlands. Art.com. We Are Art, and YOU+ART are trademarks of Art.com Inc. For more information, visit www.art.com.

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