JDCAC Pumpkin Competition

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It’s time to call in the creative forces of various ghoulish minds out there to compete in the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and Auburn Arts Association (AAA). We’re looking for everything from the spooky to the spoofy, scary or hairy, funny or ghastly! Carvings or paintings can be sculptural, architectural, painterly and very expressive so get CREATIVE! Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this competition. 

Inspired by this past summer event The Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center challenges the Auburn Community to see who can create a masterpiece out of a fall favorite, the pumpkin. We encourage local community members and businesses to create pumpkin masterpieces by carving, painting and thinking outside of the box.

Registration
No entry fee is required and registration is encouraged. You can find applications here. You can also find an application by emailing edombrowski@auburnalabama.org, visiting auburnalabama.org/arts, or picking up one at the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC). Applications can be emailed to edombrowski@auburnalabama.org or brought directly to JDCAC. You must email a picture submission to edombrowski@auburnalabama.org by Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 5 p.m. All entries must include a two – four sentence description or inspiration for your piece. Winners will be announced Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

One entry per artist, household or business will be judged. Artwork must be completed exclusively by the submitting artist, household or business and without in-person assistance from outside parties or collaborators. The JDCAC continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the community. The JDCAC asks that you refer to the current CDC guidelines regarding any concerns or questions about social distancing and COVID-19.

Categories, Prizes and Virtual Exhibition
Prizes are awarded for categories including, Best Carve, Most Creative, Best Mixed-Media Effects and Best Children’s Work. Group participants will split the prize awarded. Each prize category will include a $50 gift card to an Auburn business of the artists’ choice. Runners-up prizes (a $25 gift card) will be awarded in the same categories, also to an Auburn business of choice. The AAA will exhibit all submissions and present awards on their Facebook Page

Best Mixed Media Effects Category

The Best Mixed Media Effects category does not have to involve an actual pumpkin. A visual representation of a pumpkin must be included.  This can be done with drawing, painting, photography or any other abstract forms of art.

Participation
One entry per artist, household or business will be judged. Artwork must be completed exclusively by the submitting artist, household or business and without in-person assistance from outside parties or collaborators. The JDCAC continues to prioritize the health and well-being of the community. The JDCAC asks that you refer to the current CDC guidelines regarding any concerns or questions about social distancing and COVID-19.

Additional Guidelines

To be eligible for the JDCAC Pumpkin Competition, please abide by the following rules and guidelines.

1. A pumpkin must be the main element in the submitted work.

2. Along with your submission, you must state which category you are entering your piece in.

3. Per each registration form entry needs to be specified as either individual artists, household (child(ren) family or business.

Recommended (but not necessary) Materials

1. Pumpkin large enough to carve or paint.

2. Carving kit or carving tools.

3. Adult supervision for children

4. Gloves

Submission Requirements and Schedule
Digital submissions must be sent no later than Tuesday, October 27, 2020, or the submission will not be accepted. Judging will be completed on October 28 and 29 with winners announced on Friday, October 30.

File type: jpg/jpeg file format only
File size:  Maximum file size 8MB
Image dimensions: Artwork can be landscape, portrait or square orientation. Most smartphone cameras and  other digital cameras meet the needed requirements to ensure proper online display.

Cropping – for the best image quality, we encourage you to crop out any backgrounds or areas of the image that are not part of your artwork.

The JDCAC reserves the right to use photographs for marketing, promotion and publicity purposes.

Content
Artwork submitted must be original and suitable for public and family viewing. No nudity, profanity, political statements or commercial advertising. Any artwork deemed inappropriate by the committee will be disqualified.

Contact Information
For additional JDCAC Pumpkin Competition information contact:

The JDCAC at (334) 501-2944 or Emillie Dombrowski, Art Education Specialist, at edombrowski@auburnalabama.org.

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