Festival of Banners
Women: Now & Then

Festival of Banners

Now in its thirteenth 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, Women: Now & Then comes nearly half a century after the founding of the Women’s Movement in the United States. Women have played a huge role in the creation of our everyday lives. This year’s theme calls for reflection on the women who have shaped our lives personally or in their service to society, through history, literature, science, art, and even what women will do far into the future. Women we all know, and the women we have yet to consider are all at your fingertips. Dive into your creative mind, and send us your portrait of a woman deserves a spotlight.

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.

For submission details download our entry brochure here (pdf)

Festival of Banners Educator Submission Information (pdf)

New this year: Online submission and payment options!
You now have the option of submitting your entry by mail or online. Please read through the entry brochure for all rules before sending submission online.

To make your submission online click here

To make your payment online click here

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 2019 (TBA), then the banners fly high for two months in downtown South Bend for the whole community to enjoy!

If you have any questions, please contact Curator of Education, Casey Smallwood at smallwoodc@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.  

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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