Maybe you have always wanted to own some of Al Agnew’s artwork, but you were never sure about the best place to display it. Now the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation and the state Department of Revenue offer a easy solution by allowing you to take it everywhere you go on your vehicle bumper.
A resident of Ste. Genevieve County near Weingarten, Agnew is known nationally for his outdoor artwork, and samples of his remarkable talent are now on display statewide on updated specialty license plates. This spring the new designs were revealed using images of a bluebird, bald eagle and white-tailed deer that Agnew created and donated.
“The idea for my art to be on the license plates came about years ago via my long standing relationship with the Missouri Department of Conservation,” Agnew said. “One of their employees eventually went on to head the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation, and he contacted us to see if we would be interested in working with them on a wildlife license plate.”
With a long history of support for conservation issues, he and his wife Mary (Wolk) Agnew donated the rights to the images to the foundation as another way to offer financial support to the natural resources of the state.
“Over the years, I am proud to say that my artwork has garnered over $5 million for conservation projects across the U.S. and Canada,” Agnew said. “Why not have some of those funds stay within the state of Missouri?”
A minimum $25 annual donation to the state’s conservation heritage fund is required to order the specialty license plates. You also have to pay an additional $15 to the department of revenue above the annual registration fee. If you want to get two-year plates the donation is $50.