February 17, 2017 (Gilroy, CA): Artists across the country are invited to submit their original artwork for the chance to win cash prizes in the 2017 Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest. The first-place winning entry will be reproduced as a high-quality, limited-edition poster to be sold at the 39th annual Gilroy Garlic Festival on July 28, 29 and 30, 2017.
Cash prizes of $500 for first place, $250 for second place, and $100 for third place will be awarded. Up to ten non-winning entries, excluding the first-place winner, will be eligible for the “Association’s Choice” award, decided by the Festival’s committee chairs and board members. The top vote-getter will receive a $200 prize.
Christina Velasquez, chair of the Festival’s Retail Committee, says, “It’s always exciting to see the amazing artwork that comes in every year from all over the country. The tough part is choosing just one winner!”
Velasquez and a panel of judges will award first place to the artwork that best captures the spirit and essence of the premier summer food festival. The 2016 contest winner was Sherry Harig of Huachuca City, Arizona.
Entries must be received at the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association office by March 17, 2017. The winner will be notified no later than April 14, 2017. For complete contest rules and an online application, go to www.gilroygarlicfestival.com/festival/poster-contest/ or call 408-842-1625.