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Rivers and Spires looking for an artist to design a winning poster for 2010 festival

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Do you have a great idea for the 2010 Rivers & Spires Festival poster? The Rivers & Spires Festival is a celebration to showcase Clarksville’s heritage – tell our history, honor our heroes, and cultivate the arts in order to promote tourism and have an economic impact on our Downtown Historic Business District and the community. The winning artist will receive a cash prize and festival perks associated with being selected the winning artist. This is a call for all interested artist—so spread the word the deadline is closing quickly—so get out that camera—or those brushes and paint a winning contribution that will represent the 2010 Rivers & Spires Festival.

Entry Deadline: Oct 30, 2009

Rivers & Spires is a festival – free to all – that includes 7 outdoor sound stages and hundreds of events for families – adults, teens, and children


  1. Contest is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.
  2. Entry is free and there is no limit on the number of entries
  3. All work submitted must be original – not previously published or pending publication.
  4. Entries may be image only or may be a complete poster layout including type and image.
  5. Artwork entered should capture the spirit and intent (as stated above) of Rivers & Spires.
  6. Poster entries should have a strong graphic impact — suitable for a variety of merchandizing applications (T-shirts, newspaper ads, programs etc.)


A panel of professional visual artists and community members who have participated in the Rivers & Spires Festival in previous years will jury the 2010 Poster Contest. Entries will be judged on their ability to capture the spirit and intent of festival through the use with a compelling graphic image – appeal, content and marketability. All decisions are final.


  1. Prize money for the winning entry will be $500.
  2. The selected artist will be given a complimentary 10-x10 ft. booth at the festival.
  3. The chosen image will appear on all Festival merchandise – great commercial visibility
  4. A biography of the artist and the winning poster design will be featured on the Rivers & Spires official website.


  1. The winning artwork will become the property of the River & Spires Festival Inc.
  2. Rivers & Spires Festival will retain exclusive right to unlimited reproduction of the poster and to any portion of the poster artwork used for promotional purposes in perpetuity.
  3. The chosen artist may be requested to attend media interviews before/during the festival and should refrain from participation in interviews not approved by festival coordinators.


ATTACH THIS FORM TO YOUR ARTWORK (please print or type)

Label and package all CDs & requested materials


Poster Title


Artist’s Name


Street Address


City / State / Zip code


Phone – home / office / cell


Email Address


Artist’s Signature

Methods of Entry

  1. Artists may submit a digital file on a CD – JPEG format / 300 DPI / 1900 x1900 pixels
  2. Artist may send or hand-deliver artwork to:
    Rivers & Spires Poster Contest
    25 Jefferson Street / Suite 300
    Clarksville, TN 37040
  3. Submission Package (must include all requested materials)
  4. Entry Form — completed, signed, and attached to the artwork or CD
  5. Original Artwork or a digital file of original artwork on CD
  6. Brief Narrative Biography — one paragraph about previous accomplishments
  7. Artist Statement — short description of the poster concept.

Return of Artwork

Artists may pick-up their entries from 9AM – 4PM / Nov 30th – Dec 4th 2009 at:

US Bank – Main Office
1 Public Square
Clarksville, TN. 37040

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