taos lamppost banner art competition 2018

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Call for Entries: January 2 to January 21, 2018

Lamppost Banner Art Competition

In order to highlight Taos as an arts destination, celebrate and support the abundant creativity of our local artists and art scene, give visibility to our array of art, and delineate & beautify the historic district — the Town of Taos is seeking local Taos artists’ artwork for a lamppost banner campaign that will hang from April 1 thru October 31, 2018 within town limits. It is our goal to feature a diverse set of artists currently living and working within Taos County, while welcoming visitors to Taos and the Historic District.

MEDIUM We are accepting entries of all media which can be photographed and displayed visually on a banner. Examples include, but are not limited to: painting, pottery, sculpture, printmaking, photography, dance, projection, and installation.

REQUIREMENTS Entrants must be artists at least 15 years of age, currently living and working within Taos County. Work must have been produced within the last 10 years, current work is encouraged. Each individual or artist representative may enter a total of one piece, with (1) image. A group may enter one piece that they’ve worked on collectively, under one collective name.

Lamppost Banner Art CompetitionIMAGES Images must be supplied digitally and of reproduction quality. Submit one high-resolution image, at least 200dpi at 15″w x 30″h (as per tall banner ratio), in TIFF or JPG file format. PHOTO QUALITY COUNTS! Your entry will NOT be considered if the photograph is not of reasonable reproduction quality. Tips: Choose a work/photograph which is bold, bright and legible, with good sharpness and contrast. Avoid busy images or those that would not come across well from a distance.

ENTRY DATES Call for Entries is open from January 2 to January 21, 2018.

ENTRY INFO BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD AND SAVE THE ENTRY FORM TO YOUR HARD DRIVE BEFORE EDITING. Download, complete, save, then send in with your one high-resolution image.

Email the completed form to, with your single, high-resolution image (see image requirements above). Entries will NOT be considered if both a complete entry form and high-resolution image are not included. There should be no text or overlays unless it is part of the art.

JUDGING CONSIDERATIONS Considerations include aesthetic impact, diversity of medium and artist background, suitability for the medium, appropriateness for public display, and legibility for drive-by viewers.

WINNING ENTRIES Selected entries will be featured on ONE of forty-one (41) 30″ x 60″ lamppost banners (printed front and back), in a location of the Town’s choosing along Paseo del Pueblo Sur and Norte. The banner layout will include your name as you’ve requested it appear, and will hang from April 1 to Oct 31, 2018. A list of selected banner artists will be posted on by February 2, 2018. WINNERS WILL EACH RECEIVE THEIR BANNER TO KEEP ONCE THE CAMPAIGN HAS ENDED.

POSTERS AT TOWN HALL THROUGH JULY Reduced size poster reproductions of the winning banners will be on view in Town Hall from April 6 – July 31, 2018. Hanging courtesy of Taos Arts Council.

RECEPTION Town of Taos will host a reception in the Town Hall to honor and formally announce the winners to be held on Friday, April 6 – to coincide with the Taos First Friday. Reproductions of winning pieces will be on view.

PROMOTION to be determined by The Waite Company communications firm and Karina Armijo, Town of Taos Marketing and Tourism Director. Various promotions will be ongoing throughout the campaign (Dec 2017 – Oct 2018). PR may include the following: mention on, e-newsletter promotion, posts on @VisitTaos social media channels, digital banner ads, and/or print ads and materials. Promotions may include featured artists/bios, photos of artwork and finished/hung banners.

Call for entries open…January 2 – 21, 2018
Final selections announced on…February 2, 2018
Banners installed…April 1 thru October 31, 2018
Artist reception at Town Hall…April 6, 2018


The Town of Taos Marketing & Tourism Department reserves the right to disqualify any entry if deemed unsuitable for display, if entrant did not include a completed entry form and/or suitable image by the end of the call for entry period, or if entrant does not meet all requirements as described above.

*The Town of Taos Marketing & Tourism Department and its contracted graphic designer reserve the right to crop and retouch entrant’s digital file as is deemed suitable for banner format and ratio, legibility, best impact and aesthetics.

By entering this competition, entrant agrees to all terms described herein, and allows their image/artwork to be displayed publicly for the duration of the campaign, April 1 – October 31, 2018. By entering this competition, entrant grants the Town of Taos Marketing & Toursim Department full rights and unlimited use of their submitted image (or portion thereof), in the banner and poster layouts and for use in any Town of Taos promotions, including but not limited to print, digital and social media channels through 2018.


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Art in Taos

From the early Pueblo potters and Hispanic Santos carvers, the Taos Society of Artists, the Taos Six and the present day Paseo, Taos’ history and legacy is all about Art.

People of Taos

Taos has long attracted mavericks and outlaws, bohemian artists and outdoor enthusiasts who together with the Native and Hispanic communities, make this town absolutely unique.

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