Art Beat Commemorative Poster Contest

Congratulations to the 2018 Poster Design Contest Winner – Rick Podrasky!

Artist Statement from Rick Podrasky

My name is Rick Podrasky, and I have lived and worked in the South Bend area since relocating here from Washington, DC in 2004, ultimately returning to Indiana after having graduated with a degree in architecture from Notre Dame in 1991.  I have been an architect for the past twenty years; however, I have been an artist and graphic designer for decades prior to that!  I enjoy painting and sketching using a variety of media, but working in a digital format has been the primary means of expression these days…

My inspiration for this year’s Art Beat poster has been our City’s new flag, which is now starting to happily fly in our neighborhoods as well as our civic buildings.  All the elements that make up Art Beat – music, art, food and dance – are celebrated emblematically against a big blue Midwestern sky over the skyline of South Bend and the river that gave her its name.

Contest Details

Art Beat is a one day celebration of the performing, visual, and culinary arts, located right in the heart of downtown South Bend. Each year, a new commemorative poster is designed for this event, and that design is featured on all of the event’s marketing materials – posters, flyers, t-shirts, programs, billboards, etc.

This year, a design contest is being held for the commemorative poster. The winner will receive $100 and more importantly, their name will appear on all of the marketing materials mentioned above. This is a great way to gain recognition and attention. Plus – how exciting would it be to see your artwork up on a billboard or on t-shirts?

Entry Guidelines

  • The contest is open to artists of any age – students through adult – and any skill level. This includes Art Beat artists, and Art Beat Committee members – as the Art Beat Committee is comprised of many Art Beat artists, and their volunteer work for this event does not prohibit them from taking part in all opportunities available to other local artists.
  • Entries must contain original artwork.
  • The artwork needs to be created in a vertical design, in the following size: 18″ x 24″.
  • Entries should not contain any words, dates, etc. (including the words “Art Beat”). This content gets added by our designer later.
  • Entries can be submitted electronically (preferred) or original artwork can be dropped off to the DTSB offices (217 S. Michigan St., in the same building as The Pigeon & The Hen Pottery.) Original artwork can be picked up once the judging is completed.
  • Entries that do not meet this criteria will be sent back with an invitation to resubmit work that does fit the criteria and can be delivered by the deadline.

How to Enter

Fill out the form below, and attach up to 3 designs for consideration. The deadline for submissions was Monday, May 21.


We are seeking a design that captures the spirit of this annual event, and celebrates the various forms of the arts.

Past commemorative posters are included below for reference. Many have featured a representation of visual, culinary, and performance arts in their design. You are welcome to do that, but it is not a requirement. When referencing past posters below, please keep in mind that Art Beat details such as website and date should NOT be a part of the design. These were added later by a graphic designer.

The deadline for submissions is Monday May 21. The winner will be selected by a committee comprised of all Art Beat committee members, DTSB staff and volunteers and announced on or before June 8. All entries will be judged using the same criteria: creativity, composition, theme, technique, and adherence to the rules. Please keep all entry guidelines in mind when creating your artwork.


Any questions, concerns, or suggestions to cover in blogs, please email [email protected] and/or come to the Art Beat booth at any of the Arts on the Race events to talk directly to committee members about Art Beat.

Legal Notes

Those making submissions agree that Art Beat/Downtown South Bend retains all copyrights of the materials submitted. By submitting to the contest, the designer agrees to grant Art Beat/Downtown South Bend the right to publish, reproduce, diffuse, and communicate to the public in any form and platform, including digital, all or part of the deisgn. 

Congratulations to the 2017 Poster Design Contest Winner – Dennis Anderson!

Artist Statement from Dennis Anderson:

My name is Dennis Anderson! I am a Michiana resident and I have been doing Art Beat South Bend since the very first show. My work is a product of my love for pop culture, wildlife and art. I tend to experiment with many forms of art expanding my scope and expertise. I am primarily an illustrator, but I often delve into painting, sculpture and character design.

For the poster, my goal was to create a fun, colorful, friendly character who would grab your attention and bring you downtown for an amazing afternoon to enjoy the arts as only Michiana can provide. The bluebird is a harbinger of happiness and for many local artists and art lovers, this is the happiest time of year as it brings us all together as one.

Congratulations to the 2016 Poster Design Contest Winner – Christopher Anderson!

Artist Statement from Chris Anderson:

Chris Anderson is a South Bend artist who loves combining unusual colors and textures to create art that speak to the heart.

In addition to his oil paintings, he is an accomplished photographer, who often uses digital techniques to create one-of-a-kind pieces of art. For the Art Beat poster, he wanted to create something that had positive emotional energy, and could speak to the many types of people who are part of the celebration – artists, cooks, musicians, dancers, story tellers, and last but not least, all the folks in the vibrant South Bend community who celebrate with them.

Past Commemorative Posters


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