Even though the 2018 Alexander City Jazz Fest is still six months away, the Jazz Fest committee has already started planning for the event, including spreading the word about the annual art contest to select a design for the 28th annual Jazz Fest posters and t-shirts.
Robert Gunn, who helps head up the art contest, said this competition has been going on for as long as he can remember.
“This is a great way to get the community and the students in the schools involved in creating the design,” he said. “We encourage everyone interested to submit. We love to see all these submissions.”
Between now and March 16, anyone in the community is welcome to send in original artwork to be considered for the design
“There have been a number of electronically submitted entries over the past several years,” Gunn said. “It has made it easier for some people to participate by allowing electronic submission.”
Once all entries are in, Gunn said the planning committee would review all of the art and select a winner from all of the student entries as well as from the general public. Sometimes, the student whose art was chosen as the winner at the school level has gone on to win the overall contest as well.
After the winner has been chosen and notified, he or she will be recognized on stage during Jazz Fest as the design winner, along with receiving $250, getting a special table during the Friday night events and VIP parking during the festival. The school winner will also be honored, being awarded with $25 and a plaque for best student submission.
All submissions to the art contest must meet several guidelines, including being in a vertical layout no larger than 16 inches by 20 inches. All submissions must include “28th Annual Alexander City Jazz Fest” and “June 8-9, 2018” in the design, utilizing four separate colors without blending or shading any of them. Artists are limited to submitting no more than three different designs for the competition. Once a submission is ready, it can be dropped off at the Alexander City Chamber of Commerce offices, mailing it to Jazz Fest Poster Contest, Attn: Robert Gunn, 2544 Willow Point Road, Alexander City, AL 35010, or e-mailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Some of these guidelines, including the rules on color, it makes it easier to transfer artwork to the printer,” Gunn said. “The size makes it easier for it to fit on the poster and the shirt.”
Over the years, the number of submissions has been as few as 80 and as many as 300, according to Gunn. Whether there are only a few entries or a multitude, the Jazz Fest committee is looking forward to seeing the many different kinds of artwork that the community submits for the competition.
“This is part of what we do, part of our program,” Gunn said. “This gets us excited and in gear for the rest of the planning season.”