Extended Deadline to Enter: March 23!

2012 Billboard Art Contest

Posted: March 13, 2012
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

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You have seen them all over town - big, beautiful billboards featuring paintings, jewelry, glass, photography and more. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Adams Outdoor Advertising are very excited about the the 2012 Billboard Art Contest!

What's New: Last year, only artists who resided or had a studio in Kalamazoo County were eligible to apply. This year, the contest is open to ALL Michigan Artists!

To Apply:

  • Email your bio/artist statement and 5 images of individual works to billboardart@kiarts.org or deliver a CD of your works to the KIA. Please label the CD 2012 Billboard Art Contest and include your name, phone number and email address.
  • Submit $10 application fee online or mail a check to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Attn: Billboard Art, 314 South Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

The Process:

  • An artist panel will review applications and select 20 candidates
  • The public votes on the Billboard Art webpage to select the top 10 winners
  • The top 10 winners will have their artwork featured on a billboard for one year

Artist Benefits:

  • Winners will receive 1-year use of billboard displaying artist's name, medium, art image and a website address
  • Billboards rotate among 1,300 regional sites for one year
  • Winners will be featured on the KIA's Billboard Art webpage (with a link to their websites) for one year
  • Winners will be celebrated at a KIA reception in October 2012, and presented with an opportunity to sell additional works


  • Entries must be suitable for a 14' x 48' billboard
  • All mediums are welcome
  • Winners must pay $300 to cover half of the cost of the billboard art vinyl production charges
  • The KIA reserves the right to adjust artwork images to fit billboards
  • Art work must be suitable for public space and not contain nude or profane materials
  • To be considered, artists must read and adhere to all rules and regulations regarding the 2012 Billboard Art Contest. To review those rules, click here.


  • March 1: Application process opens
  • March 23: Application process closes
  • March 26-30: Top 20 artists are selected by a jury
  • April 2: Artist notification
  • Public voting: April 3-17
  • Top 10 announced: mid-April
  • End of May: Billboards are created, erected and displayed for rotation until May 2013

To view the winners from the 2011 Billboard Art Contest, click here.

For more information regarding the 2012 Billboard Art Contest, click here, or call Farrell Howe at (269) 349-7775 or email farrellh@kiarts.org.

This contest is in part of a partnership with the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and Adams Outdoor Advertising.