As ArtPop prepares to kick off its fifth year, the billboard competition’s two Pennsylvania programs are joining together to strengthen and expand the popular public art initiative, opening the competition to an 11-county region and adding in a $500 cash scholarship for the winner of the ArtPop high school competition. In addition, Kutztown University is offering a $2,500 scholarship if the winning high school student enrolls in a Kutztown University degree program. Entries for the annual artist competition, which features works shown on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards throughout the region, will be accepted September 21 – November 9.
Competition dates and deadlines:
Submission Deadline: November 9, 2018
Public Vote: November 13-16, 2018
ArtPop Winners Announced: December 13, 2018
Reception: Thursday, December 13, 5:30-8 p.m.
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, 257 Stroudsmoor Road, Stroudsburg PA 18360
Launched in 2014, ArtPop is a public art initiative that showcases the work of area artists on Adams billboards for an entire year. For the past several years, Adams has partnered with the ArtPop Street Gallery, Pocono Arts Council and ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory Arts Center to offer two different ArtPop competitions – one in the Poconos and another in the Lehigh Valley. Starting this year, all of the partners will join together for “ArtPop Eastern Pennsylvania,” open to artists from suburban Philadelphia to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region.
Bigger Than Life
With ArtPop, artists are invited to submit works of art to be considered for one of 12 Adams billboards throughout the region. Eleven artists, including the high school competition winner, are selected by the official ArtPop jurying committee, while the final winner is chosen via a public vote.
The 2019 ArtPop competition is open to artists residing in Berks, Bucks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey.
Jurying & People’s Choice Awards
All ArtPop winners, with the exception of the People’s Choice Winner, will be selected by the ArtPop jurying panel in early November. From Nov. 13-16, the public can vote online at www.bananafactory.org/artpop for its favorite work for the People’s Choice Winner. All winners will then be announced Dec. 13, 5:30 p.m., at the Stroudsmoor Country Inn in Stroudsburg.
Interested in Participating?
Artists who wish to enter the ArtPop competition should visit bananafactory.org/artpop to upload the artwork, keeping in mind the very strict adherence to the required billboard size.
Two-dimensional art and photographs of three-dimensional art that fit these measurements are acceptable. Previous ArtPop winners must wait three years before submitting works for the ArtPop competition. 2015 winners are eligible to apply.
Jurors for the 2019 ArtPop competition are:
Nichole Smith, Graphic Designer, Adams Outdoor Advertising
Wendy Hickey, Executive Director, ArtPop Street Gallery
Stacie Brennan, Senior Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Susan Randall, Executive Director of Pocono Arts Council
Erin Anderson, ArtPop Lehigh Valley class of 2017
Judith Moeller, ArtPop, Pocono class of 2017
Theo Anderson, Artop, Lehigh Valley class of 2015
Jason Williamson, ArtPop, Pocono class of 2017
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See all of the ArtPop winners across the country by visiting ArtPopStreetGallery.com.