Mill 180 Park Launches Design Our Gnome Art Competition

Long a beloved garden symbol, the gnome literally comes to life again in new forms—especially in an urban park reimagined.

Professional and amateur artists of all ages and backgrounds are invited to design a gnome who will become the symbol of the Park.  Cash prizes totaling at least $4,500 (and up to $5,000, depending on the number of entries) will be awarded, with separate categories for two-dimensional and three-dimensional works.  The first place winners in each category will receive $1,250, and the most popular submission, which will be selected by vote at the public exhibition on Saturday, February 10, will be awarded $500.  All winners will be announced at a gala celebration at the Park on Thursday, February 15.

Entrants must complete the online registration form by December 22, 2017.  Submissions are due in the Park six-and-a-half weeks later, on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, by 6 p.m.

Gnomes should be designed to embody Mill180 Park’s mission while being consistent with this definition: A gnome is a legendary dwarfish creature that is supposed to guard the earth’s treasures underground.  Submitted gnomes may be of any gender or color but must be recognizable as gnomes.

“We’re excited about sponsoring the Design Our Gnome art competition because we know that there are so many talented artists out there,” said Lystra Blake, Mill180 Park’s COO.  “A whimsical public art competition is the ideal way to bring people together in the Park,” she added.

Artists may submit up to two designs in each category.  All work must be original and may be almost any size.  Two-dimensional designs must be created using traditional drawing or painting media.  Three-dimensional designs may be made of almost any material.  Artists who submit names and backstories for their gnomes will get additional points during judging.  Please view the  competition rules for full details.

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