Petersburg (VA) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated National Poster Art Competition
The National Poster Arts Competition was created in 1995 in conjunction with The Links, Incorporated’s National Walk-­‐A-­‐Thon. This year’s theme My Vision, My Future: Healthy and Happy Communities, incorporate sub-­‐themes including, but not limited to, a healthy and clean environment, a bully-­‐free world, and an inclusive and diverse society as elements related to healthy and happy communities.
SHOW US YOUR VISION! SHOW US YOUR FUTURE!
Designing a poster and researching the theme can give you a voice in your community on important issues! Posters capture people’s attention and tell important stories in a language that everyone can understand. They inspire, increase awareness, and encourage us to work together to promote happy and healthy communities for present and future generations.
LET US KNOW YOU PLAN TO PARTICIPATE
Please complete the questions below if you intend to submit a poster for entry. Posters must be received by March 1, 2018.
First Name *
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Last Name *
Your answer
Address *
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Phone Number
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Email address *
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Area of Residence *
Grade Category *
School of Attendance *
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Art Teacher's Name (if applicable)
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CELEBRATE WITH US ON MARCH 10, 2018, 1 PM
Posters will be on display and winners will be judged at the Petersburg Area Arts League on March 10, 2018.
CONTEST RULES
ELIGIBILITY
The contest is open to all youth in grades 1-12 who reside in the:
-cities of Hopewell or Petersburg;
-counties of Dinwiddie, New Kent, Prince George, Surry, or Sussex; or
-high school districts of LC Bird, Matoaca, Meadowbook, or Thomas Dale in Chesterfield.

Heir-o-Links and other relatives of Links or Connecting Links are not eligible to participate.

Entries by artists under 18 require parent permission to participate.

PRIZES
LOCAL CONTEST
All entries will be honored at an awards celebration at the Petersburg Area Arts League (PAAL) on Saturday March 10, 2018. There will be Prizes! Food! and Fun!

All winning entries will be displayed at the Petersburg Area Arts League and hosted on the Chapter's Website.

NATIONAL CONTEST
The first-place winner in each category in the local contests will be sent on to compete in The Links, Incorporated National Poster Art Competition. The National Poster Art Competition will award first-place winners and semifinalists from each age category a monetary prize paid directly to the student participant. The four top winning national entries will be on display at the national meeting of The Links, Incorporated in Indianapolis, Indiana, summer 2018. Winning entries will become property of The Links, Incorporated.

JUDGING CRITERIA
Posters will be judged on:
1. CREATIVITY- artist’s imaginative approach to the theme. 
2. CONTENT-degree to which the image conveys an idea that is clearly portrayed and consistent with the theme.
3. ARTISTIC ABILITY- the degree to which the basic principles of art are reflected in the image and reveal the distinct talent/skill of the artist.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS
One entry per student. No group entries.
Include name, grade, school, email address, and phone number on back of poster
SUBMISSION DEADLINE
All entries are due by March 1, 2018.
POSTER REQUIREMENTS
SIZE. Students are not limited by the size of the material used. Paper, canvas or art board is recommended. We encourage students to use standard materials that are accessible. Standard art material sizes include: 9x12 and 11x14.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. Eligible media are watercolor, charcoal, pencil, acrylics, pen, paint, fabric, collage, crayons, mosaic, scratch art or a computer-­‐generated image (but not computer clip art). Computer-­‐generated artwork should be 3000x2000 with a resolution of 300ppi. Artwork can be 2D or 3D collage. Sculpture works are not encouraged. All images should be a poster composition and express themes related to healthy and happy communities. Diversity is encouraged in the imagery. Students should include a title for their work.

Although younger students will most likely receive help in planning from parents or teachers, we encourage each student to do his/her own work. Entries with student handwriting and coloring will score better than those designed, drawn, and
colored by adult assistance.

THEME. The 2018 theme should be included somewhere on the poster submission.

HELPFUL RESOURCES. Learn more about poster art at AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists): https://designarchives.aiga.org/ - /entries/Posters/_/grid/relevance/asc/0/78/90

PERMISSIONS. Each entry for the national contest must be submitted with an application/submission form to be eligible for judging. The form can be downloaded for the contest section of our website and must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian or student 18 or older.

CREDITS
The finalists' works are the property of The Links, Incorporated. The Links, Incorporated, may display and reproduce the physical and digital versions of the finalists’ works in print publication, for sale reproduction, online and in exhibition. The artist will be noted and credited in all executions.
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