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ARTIST CALL: Lumina Fest holds poster design contest, will award $500

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UNCW will kick off the Lumina Festival of the Arts this summer, July 12-28, and they’re calling for artists.

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Going into its third year, UNCW will kick off the Lumina Festival of the Arts this summer, July 12-28, 2019. The celebration brings together myriad disciplines of creative output, including music, theatre, visual arts, opera, and dance, et al. But before the roster is rolled out in coming months, UNCW is putting a call out to local artists to help build their official festival poster.


“We’re looking for some visual inspiration,” says Kristen Brogdon, Office of the Arts director, who will help judge the poster contest alongside her colleagues in the Office of Arts, Emmanuel Mitcham and Lindsay Lake, along with UNCW’s art faculty Edward Irvine.

“We thought a poster contest would be the perfect way to spread the word about the festival,” Mitcham says, “but also provide a very special opportunity for a visual artist to leave a lasting imprint on the history of the festival.”

The poster will be used in all marketing of the event, including Wilmington and across North Carolina. It will be included in print and digital ads, program covers, websites, marquees, large banners and more.

There is a lot of inspiration to draw from in devising design ideas, whether photography, digital art, painting, illustration, or mixed-media. All media is accepted as long as it follows guidelines, with final size being 11-inches-by-17-inches and 300 DPI. It also must contain the official logo and dates of the festival (

“The sky’s the limit in terms of design,” Mitcham tells. “I know themes are often helpful, but we intentionally left the criteria broad as to not stifle or confine the collective creativity of the artists. Ultimately, this contest is more about what the artist envisions when they think about art in the Cape Fear region as a whole.”

Already noted in the festival lineup are Opera Wilmington’s “La Boheme”—Giacomo Puccini’s Italian libretto, the basis for the famed Broadway musical, “Rent.” Also returning will be performances by Make Trouble, a Shakespeare summer-intensive group, plus a poetry jam and salsa-dancing party.

“The poetry jam will be our opening night [show] this year on July 12,” Brogdon says. “We’ll be including some new poet-collaborations in the show, with dance, music, and film. I’m really excited about the evolution of that partnership.”

Artists who enter their designs for the poster contest have a chance to win $500. Judges will look at originality of work, aesthetics and relevance to the arts and the Cape Fear.

“I personally hope the artwork submitted helps contribute to the narrative of Lumina Festival progressively growing to become more of an integral piece of Wilmington tradition,” Mitcham says. “I also hope the piece captures the collaborative nature of the festival and in some way recognizes the contributions of all of the Wilmington art scenes that make this possible.”

Full disclosure of rules and regulations can be found online. Deadline for artists to enter is February 22, 11:59 p.m.

Lumina Festival of the Arts
Artist deadline: Feb. 22, 11:59 p.m.
Festival dates: July 12-29

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