Festival of Banners
Out Of This World!

Festival of Banners


Now in its eleventh year, the Festival of Banners promotes art in the community by bringing art to the public, and providing an excellent venue for artists of all ages and skill sets.

This year’s theme, Out of This World! Planets and moons, stars and comets! Unexplored nebulas and galaxies far away, rockets, satellites, telescopes, and rovers we’ve sent to see the universe. Look at some of the amazing data they’ve sent back, or just use your imagination, to explore all things Out of This World! We can’t wait to see what you create! All entries must be your own design. Works will be selected based upon creativity and how well the theme, Out of This World!, is explored and expressed.

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.

All designs & entry forms must be submitted to the  museum office no later than 5:00pm, April 23, 2018.

For submission details download our entry brochure here (pdf):
Festival of Banners entry brochure

Submission details for Educators here (pdf):
Festival of Banners Educator submission information

Jurors’ Choice Awards are designated for three categories: youth, teen and adult:

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

An awards ceremony and unveiling of the banners takes place  in August of 2018 (TBA), then the bannersfly high for two months in downtown South Bend for the whole community to enjoy!

If you have any questions, please contact Curator of Education, Christyn Overstake at overstakec@southbendart.org or 574.235.9102

This community focused project is brought to you by the South Bend Museum of Art with support from patrons Jerry Thoma and Meg Auth and Jack and Yumiko Champaigne.  

Special thanks to the City of South Bend, Downtown South Bend, Inc., and The Art League for partnering and helping to facilitate this public art project.


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