Festival of Banners
Monsters and Mythical Beasts!

Festival of Banners

Now in its twelfth 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, Monsters and Mythical Beasts!  Leviathan and Cyclops, Giant Squid and Pegasus, otherworldly creatures of all shapes and sizes.  Our fascination with these ideas extends into history, literature, science, and far into the future. Hybrid creatures we all know, and new combinations we have yet to consider are all at your fingertips. Dive into your creative creature mind, and send us your very favorite Monsters and Mythical Beasts!

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 entry brochure (pdf)

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 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 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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