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Artists Invited To Submit Design Proposals For 2018 Bloomington Bicentennial Arbor Day Poster
Updated December 19, 2017 6:31 AM
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(BLOOMINGTON) - The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department's urban forestry program is issuing a call for artist proposals for an Arbor Day poster to be released in April 2018 in celebration both of the City of Bloomington's 34th consecutive year of being named a Tree City USA, and the City of Bloomington's Bicentennial.

The poster will be a highly visible part of both the city's Bicentennial celebration, and recognize the city's commitment to a green and growing Tree City.

Poster Details:

  • The goal of the poster is to promote Arbor Day (celebrated on the last Friday in April in Indiana) and Bloomington's status as Indiana's first Tree City USA.
  • Themes to consider: City of Bloomington's Bicentennial, Arbor Day, Bloomington's status as a Tree City USA as named by the National Arbor Day Foundation
  • Final poster art should be 18" x 24" (either vertical or horizontal), and suitable for reproduction as a color print on paper.
  • The poster will be printed on quality paper stock and offered for sale to the Bloomington community.
  • There is no application fee.
  • Proposal deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Email proposals to

Artist will receive a $500 stipend in addition to a framed, commemorative print of the Arbor Day poster and recognition as the selected artist.

Completion Date: Final poster artwork must be completed and submitted by March 1, 2018.

What to send:

  • The written proposal contact information
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email address
  • Illustrations of the proposed poster. Submissions must contain no more than 5 sketches or digital renderings of the proposed poster.

A description of the proposed work. Please include the following:

  • An artist statement describing artistic experience and interest in the project.
  • Poster medium (e.g. oil on canvas, computer-generated illustration, etc.)
  • A description of the concepts in the proposed Arbor Day poster, and how the elements relate to the city's Bicentennial and trees in the city of Bloomington.

Support Materials/Previous Work

  • Proposals may be accompanied by up to five images of previous work (optional)
  • Artist resume - max two pages
  • Files should be submitted in a pdf format and will be acknowledged upon receipt.

The artist will be selected by the City of Bloomington Bicentennial Planning Committee with input from the Bloomington Tree Commission.

Submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Artists will be notified about the selection by Friday, February 16, 2018. Send electronic submissions to

If you have questions about the Arbor Day Bicentennial poster project, please contact Julie Ramey at (812) 349-3719 or

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