Orange Show Announces Artwork Contest for 2014 Houston Art Car Parade

Due Date: Jan 10, 2014
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Orange Show Announces Artwork Contest for 2014 Houston Art Car Parade

Orange Show Announces Artwork Contest for 2014 Houston Art Car Parade
Organization seeks Houston artists to submit creative designs for the parade’s 27th year, gives cash prizes


HOUSTON (December 16, 2013) - Celebrating the 27th Annual Houston Art Car Parade, scheduled for May 10, 2014, the event’s producer the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art, is tapping into the creative juices of Houston’s visual arts community and opening up a call for submissions for the official artwork for this year’s parade. A panel of prominent arts leaders will choose one artist who will receive a $1200 honorarium and whose submission will be the official emblem of the 2014 parade, represented on all Houston Art Car Parade merchandise, advertisements, banners, posters and its website


In addition, three artists will be chosen via an online public vote through the Orange Show’s Facebook pages ( and to receive a $200 honorarium, and their artwork will be printed on a limited run of t-shirts to be sold online and during the parade weekend festivities.


The contest is open only to artists residing within the greater Houston area. Submissions will be accepted from Monday December 16, 2013 through Friday January 10, 2014.


Artists may enter up to three different submissions by emailing a .jpg or .pdf to, making sure to include their name, email address, physical address and phone number.


Included below are guidelines for the submissions as well as a list of dates and deadlines. Contest is generously sponsored by Free Press Houston.





  • Artists must reside within in the greater Houston area to submit.
  • Artwork should represent the unique, whimsical aspects of the Houston Art Car Parade and appeal to all ages and demographics. For inspiration take a look at for pictures of previous parades, and at for pictures of other Orange Show events.
  • FAMILY FRIENDLY – the Houston Art Car Parade is a family event.
  • It is not necessary to include actual text, dates, locations, etc. within the artwork itself. The winning artist will work with the Orange Show’s graphic designer to develop the suite of materials.
  • ALL ARTWORK MUST BE ORIGINAL. Submissions utilizing photographs (manipulated or not) of vehicles, places, people, or things that are not credited to the submitting artist will not be accepted.
  • The artwork will be seen by over 300,000 people on parade day, as well as millions around the world who will see photos or visit the event website. The art needs to be easy to understand, relatable and fun.
  • Winning artists must be available to meet with the Orange Show’s graphic designer sometime between January 17 and February 7.
  • Any questions regarding submissions can be sent to



Dates and Deadlines:


Submissions open – Monday, December 15, 2013
Submissions close – Friday, January 10, 2014
Arts Panel Judging for main design – January 13-17, 2014
Public vote for the three t-shirt designs – January 13-17, 2014
All winners announced – January 17, 2014
Houston Art Car Parade Artwork Unveiling Party – Thursday February 27, 6-8pm at Lowbrow, 1601 W. Main St.


More information can be found online at


Important Dates for the 27th Annual Houston Art Car Parade:


May 8, 2014 – Main Street Drag
May 8, 2014 – Sneak Peek at Discovery Green
May 9, 2014 The Legendary Art Car Ball
May 10, 2014 27th Annual Houston Art Car Parade
May 11, 2014 – Houston Art Car Parade Award Ceremony and Brunch


About the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art:
Now in its 32nd year, The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Houston, TX with a mission to preserve, promote and document visionary art environments, provide opportunities for the expression of personal artistic vision and create a community where that expression is valued. The Orange Show owns and operates The Orange Show monument, The Beer Can House and Smither Park, as well as produces the Houston Art Car Parade - the world’s oldest and largest event of its kind. For more information, visit them online at Funding is provided in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Brown Foundation, Houston Endowment, The Cullen Foundation, Wortham Foundation, Silver Eagle Distributors, Ann and James Harithas and Marilyn Oshman as well as private contributions, in-kind support, and volunteer assistance. The Orange Show is a member of Fresh Arts.




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