CNY Arts & Taste of Syracuse Poster Contest

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The Taste of Syracuse and CNY Arts is holding the second annual poster design contest and this is the official call for entries. The selected poster will be featured in a variety of communication material and online advertisements. The winning artwork will be incorporated into some of the 2015 Taste of Syracuse marketing materials, showcasing the winner’s talent across the CNY region and at the Taste of Syracuse event that takes place on June 5 and 6.

The Taste of Syracuse is CNY’s premier summer festival. This is a great opportunity for students to develop a strong understanding of the bond of art within the community and how it can affect the outcome of an event. This project can be used as both a teaching tool and an opportunity for students to further develop their portfolios as they prepare for a curriculum in art and/or design.

The initial round of judging will be conducted by Taste of Syracuse and CNY Arts. The initial round of judging will pick the top ten designs for a public vote. The final winner will be chosen by the community based upon votes on All top ten finalist will be featured on

Prizes for Winning Entries

Grand Prize: The winner and their school/organization’s Art Department will receive a $150 award each for a total of $300. Portions of the winner’s art design will be featured on select Taste of Syracuse marketing materials.

1st Runner Up: Shadow an artist or graphic designer for a day or get a peak “behind the scenes” at an art/cultural organization. CNY Arts will work with winner to create program that is beneficial and rewarding to winner.

2nd Runner Up: Tour of Syracuse Media Group offices and a one-on-one lunch with someone from the organization

*In the event a home-schooled student wins first prize, their home-school organization must submit proof of not-for-profit status prior to distribution of funds and must be located in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga or Oswego county to be eligible to receive prizes. If the student does not belong to a qualified organization, that portion of the prize will be forfeited. See complete list of Official Rules. No substitution of prizes permitted. Void where prohibited.

For questions, please call Matthew De Bellas at 315-435-2155.

Official Rules

Who May Enter
Students in grades 7-12 currently enrolled in public, private, parochial or home school in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga or Oswego counties.

Artwork should be created to fit A3 paper format which is 297 x 420 mm and 11.7 x 16.5 inches. The document should be in JPEG format (max of 5MB) and must be submitted over email to or hand delivered on CD in PDF format. Entries should be adaptable for the festival’s branding.

Designers will need to leave space to accommodate logos of organizers, sponsors and partners that will be inserted later. Participants cannot use copyright images.

Please include your name, address, telephone number, grade, art teacher’s name and school/organization within the body of your email. If submitting a CD, please put this information on the CD cover.

Designs must not incorporate vulgar, violent or offensive content or any copyrighted characters (e.g., comic and/or television characters). Any entry that does so will be disqualified and not be considered for judging.

Required Elements- all entries must include

Artwork should incorporate images that exemplify this, “Over 200,000 hungry visitors enjoy two days of fantastic food and fabulous music in and around Clinton Square. They enjoy delicious $1 samples from some of the area’s best restaurants and listen to three stages of live music all weekend long. There is something for everyone!

Therefore, required elements are:
Some type of image representing food
Some type of image representing music

All entries become property of Taste of Syracuse and CNY Arts. By entering this contest, winners agree to the use of their name and likeness for advertising/publicity purposes without any additional compensation. Entries will not be returned. The Taste of Syracuse and CNY Arts reserves the right to crop, revise or alter artwork as needed to accommodate various communication vehicles.

Judging Criteria
Judging will be based upon the interpretation of the Taste of Syracuse mission, originality, quality of artwork, visual impact, and use of inclusion of required art elements.

A panel of expert judges will recommend ten finalists from among all entries received. Designs elected for final judging will be reviewed and voted on by members of the community. Finalists will be featured on and a winner will be picked on or about April 30, 2015. Grand prize winner and two runner-up prize winners will be selected and notified by telephone and or email after the final selection has been made. An attempt to coordinate a one-time presentation to the award winners will be made. Press may be present and report information on winners.

Employees of Taste of Syracuse, CNY Arts, and Galaxy Events, and their immediate family members are not eligible. For more information, visit and to learn more about the Taste of Syracuse, visit

Completed entries must be e-mailed to:

Subject: TOS Poster Contest

Completed entries can also hand delivered weekdays from 10am-4pm to CNY Arts Offices:
Taste of Syracuse and CNY Arts Poster Contest
John H. Mulroy Civic Center, 11th Floor
421 Montgomery St
Syracuse, NY 13202



Posted On: March 11, 2015
Listed As: Arts Forum