JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge

Get ready for the JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge hosted by the Jan Dempsey Community Arts Center (JDCAC) and the Auburn Arts Association (AAA). Individual artists, children, families and local businesses are invited to participate in this challenge. 

Registration and FREE Art Kits
No entry fee required and registration is encouraged. FREE chalk art kits will be given to participants who register and can be picked up at the JDCAC. Kit giveaways and registration will also take place at Auburn Parks and Recreation’s City Market on Saturday, June 27 from 8 to 11 a.m. at Town Creek Park. There is a limited number of kits available, so they will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. You don’t have to pick up a kit to participate but we do ask that you register for the challenge. Download an application below: 

The theme of all work must be inspired by a famous artist or architecture. This can be a recreation of a piece of work, an original interpretation of a famous work or even a chalk masterpiece done in the style of a famous artist. The work can only be submitted if it is related to a famous piece of work. It must also be submitted with either three facts about the selected artist or architecture OR three reasons the selected artist or architecture inspired the completed chalk design.

Categories, Prizes and Virtual Exhibition
Prizes will be awarded for categories including Most Creative, Most Likely to Hang in a Museum, Best Mixed-Media Effects and Best Children’s Work. Group participants will split the prize awarded. Each prize category will include a $100 gift card to an Auburn business of your choice. Additional prizes may be determined closer to the end date. The AAA will exhibit all submissions and present awards on their Facebook Page facebook.com/AuburnArtsAssociation.  

Rules and Guidelines
To be eligible for the JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge, please abide by the following rules and guidelines.

Once 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

  1. Chalk must be the main element in the submitted work.
  2. The work can be completed on many different spaces and surfaces, including but not limited to:
    • Driveways
    • Walls
    • Inside garages
    • Concrete spaces
    • *Note: the space must be a place where the artist has the permission to work!
  3. Subject matter must be inspired by a famous artist or architecture. 
  4. Along with your submission, there must be either:
    • Three facts about the artist or architecture the work is based on
    • OR three reasons why the artist or architect inspired you in your work
  5. Per each registration form, works need to be specified as either individual artist, household (child(ren) or family) or business. 

Recommended (but not necessary) Materials

  1. “Found objects”
    • Including mud, sticks, leaves, etc. that will add to the complete image
    • NOTE: chalk must still be the main element in the work
  2. Blending tools
  3. Knee pads when working
  4. Gloves
  5. Sunscreen when working outside
  6. Hairspray to set the chalk work when completed

Submission Requirements and Schedule
Digital submissions must be sent no later than July 26, 2020 or the submission will not be accepted. Judging will be completed on July 27 and 28 with winners announced on July 29.

  • File type: jpg/jpeg file format only
    File size:  Maximum file size 8MB
    Image dimensions: Artwork can be landscape, portrait or square orientation. Most smart phone 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.

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

Contact Information
For additional JDCAC Sidewalk Chalk Challenge information contact:

The JDCAC at (334) 501-2963 or Sara Hand Custer, Cultural Arts Administrator, at scuster@auburnalabama.org.

*If you have any issues finding a work of art or architecture, we will provide you with an image. 

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