Imagine big, beautiful, billboards all over town with images of jewelry, paintings, glass, photography and more.  Your works!  What you do as an artist!  The Kalamazoo Institute for Art and Adams Outdoor Advertising want you to know about their 2012 Billboard Art Contest!

The rules have changed quite a bit from last year.  Last year you had to be an artist who lived or had a studio in Kalamazoo county.  This year it's open to ALL artists who reside in Michigan.

Here's how you apply:

Email your biography and/or artist statement and 5 images of your works or if you like you can hand deliver a CD of your works to the Kalamazoo Institute for Arts.   You will need to label CD "2012 Billboard Art Contest" and be sure to include your contact information, your name, your phone number and your email address.

There is a $10 application fee online or you can mail a check to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Attn: Billboard Art, 314 South Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007

An artist panel will review applications and then they will select 20 candidates.  The public will then vote on the Billboard Art web page and select the top 10 winners.  Then those Top 10 winners will have their artwork featured on a billboard for one year

Here's what you the artist gets:

1-year's usage of the billboard displaying your name, the medium, the art image and your website address.  As a winner you will also be featured on the Kalamazoo Institute of Art Billboard Art webpage (with a link to your website) for one year.  Plus you will be celebrated at a KIA reception in October 2012, and presented with an opportunity to sell additional works.

Here's what you need to know

Your entry must be suitable for a 14' x 48' billboard and all mediums are welcome.  You must also pay $300 to cover half of the cost of the billboard art vinyl production charges.


  • Application process opened March 1
  • Application process will close March 23
  • Top 20 artists are selected by a jury March 26-30
  • Artist notification April 2
  • Public votes April 3-17
  • Top 10 announced by mid-April
  • Billboards are created, erected and displayed by the end of May for rotation, until May 2013

Good Luck Artists!!!

Be sure to read all the specifics here... get entered before March 23rd!