French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) is searching for visual artists to create the 2017 Satchmo SummerFest signature artwork. The selected artwork will be used as the official Satchmo SummerFest poster, as well as select merchandise sold before, during, and after the event.
The signature artwork is selected by members of the FQFI Merchandise Committee. Selections are based on originality, festival theme, and the French Quarter atmosphere.
Selected Art and Honorarium
The selected artist will receive a monetary honorarium of $1,000. In addition to the honorarium, the artist will receive media and press coverage before, during, and after the festival, as well as the opportunity to utilize a space to exhibit and sell artwork at Satchmo SummerFest. The media and press coverage and the space are valued at roughly $30,000. The artist must to be present to sign and number festival prints prior to the event, in late June. Event dates are August 4-6, 2017. The poster will be displayed at the merchandise booth, in press releases, on the website, in festival materials including, but not limited to, brochures, kiosks, and festival signage.
The purpose of this call is to identify the artist to create the 17th annual Satchmo SummerFest signature artwork. The final version of the artwork is subject to change, as FQFI reserves the right to request changes to the design. The design must be original artwork and contain one or more the following to qualify:
- Louis Armstrong
- Trumpet or Jazz Band
- French Quarter Scene
- Armstrong Related Image
- Festival Scene
There is no size limit. However, traditionally a standard vertical design with a central focal point and vibrant palate are most successful (transferred to a 22" x 30" print). Please refer to past festival posters below. When designing the artwork, please keep in mind that we are seeking high-quality, merchandisable artwork that can be reproduced across various mediums including but not limited to silkscreen t-shirts.
Judging and Selection of Poster
The selected design will be determined by the 2017 FQFI Merchandise Committee. The committee's decision will be final. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. reserves the right not to select artwork if, in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received. French Quarter Festival reserves the right to disqualify any entrant or entry at its sole discretion. The selected artist will be required to sign a contract assigning all ownership of the artwork to French Quarter Festivals, Inc (including the original artwork, as well as, any future reproductions). All submitted work must be original and not based on any pre-existing design. All entries will become the sole property of FQFI and may be displayed publicly on the Satchmo SummerFest website. All marketing of image will be done by FQFI. Any marketing of image by artist must be agreed upon prior to use.
How to Enter
Please submit entries either by email to Becca Schick at
or mail/drop off entries to 400 North Peters Street, Suite 205, New Orleans, LA, 70130. Entry may be a sketch and does NOT need to be a finished painting or artwork. However, if submitting a sketch, please also include samples of existing artwork that shows artist's style or a website where art samples can be viewed. Please do NOT submit original artwork. The deadline to enter is May 31, 2017. Entries received after this date will not be eligible for selection.
Participation constitutes the entrant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. By participating in the call, the entrant is representing and warranting that he/she has read, understood, and agrees to be bound by these rules. Including the guides and rules referred to herein, these Official Rules constitute the entire agreement between the entrant and French Quarter Festivals, Inc. in relation to the contest.
Please contact Becca Schick, French Quarter Festivals, Inc. Merchandise Manager, at (504) 227-3126 or