Festival of Banners

Festival of Banners
Festival of Banners 2015 is presented by the South Bend Museum of Art in association with Downtown South Bend and the City of South Bend.  Now in its ninth year, the program invites the community to celebrate the visual arts, encouraging participation from all ages and backgrounds.

Each spring, SBMA invites the community to design a banner that celebrates the arts.  This year, the museumSB-150_2014-web received over 400 entries and selected 80 designs to decorate our city.  Each banner represents a unique interpretation of this year’s theme, PAST…PRESENT…FUTURE.  Artists were asked to think about the spaces, places, and people that “shape” South Bend and then illustrate them.  The banner designs are on display from August 3,2015 through October 9, 2015 and are located on Wayne, Jefferson, and Michigan streets in Downtown South Bend.

This community focused project is brought to you by the South Bend Museum of Art with support from patrons Jerry Thoma and Meg Auth.  Special thanks to the City of South Bend and Downtown South Bend, Inc. for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.

Three age categories–youth, teen, and adult–allow fun for all. Designs are submitted small scale on paper. Jurors select designs based on creative interpretation of the theme, and use of color, pattern and line; the artists are then invited to paint their design on a 2 x 4 ft banner in the SBMA painting studios during the months of June and July.

Jurors’ Choice Awards are designated for three categories: youth, teen and adult:fob2015winners
1st Place: $100 cash, 1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class
2nd Place: $50 gift card,1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class
3rd Place: $25 gift card, 1 year SBMA membership, 1 free art class

This year’s winners:

1st: Aubrey Hittle
2nd: Jill Hunt
3rd: Amber Kish

1st: Andrew Orians
2nd: Emily Yoder
3rd: Sara Walker


1st: Abigail Donaldson
2nd: Grace Collins
3rd: Sam Villagra-Stanton

To see a listing of all 80 Festival of Banners artists and a map of banner locations, please click on the following link:

Festival of Banners 2015 Map

An awards ceremony and unveiling of the banners takes place on August 14, 2015, then the banners fly high for two months in downtown South Bend for the whole community to enjoy!


This program is made possible with the generous support of Meg Auth and Jerry Thoma and The Art League.


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