City of Kokomo, Alliance seeking artists for parking garage banners
In order to highlight the Kokomo community in a visual way to downtown visitors, the City of Kokomo and Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance are seeking artists’ artwork for a series of large-scale vertical banners that will be displayed on two sides of the new parking garage currently under construction in downtown Kokomo. Artwork may portray Kokomo’s vibrant community, depicting what it’s like to live in, work in, visit or experience Kokomo. Artwork may also depict Kokomo’s rich automotive, industrial and innovative heritage. Artwork should be colorful and be a visually appealing and positive representation of Kokomo, while welcoming residents and visitors to downtown.

It is our goal to feature multiple artists. After artists are selected from the entries received, each will be asked to create a series of up to seven (7) art images that will be printed on banners for display on the sides of the parking garage. The banner series may be rotated annually or more frequently. Artists may receive input from the local committee regarding the images in the banner series.


We are accepting entries of graphic design, photography or artwork which can be photographed and displayed visually in a vertical format on a banner. Banners will be produced out of 9 oz. mesh banner material in full color and in a vertical format. Banner dimensions will range from 20 feet tall by 10 feet wide to 22 feet tall by 10 feet tall, based on building elevations.


Entrants must be at least 18 years of age.

Entry Info
The Call For Art will open on July 23, 2020 and close August 28, 2020. Selection of artists will take place via a panel selection process within 7-10 days after closing, and artists will be notified shortly after. After artists are selected, each will have up to six (6) weeks to complete a banner series (of up to seven (7) images).

All entries must be submitted through the CaFE website (
Log on to to submit artwork. Applicants will first need to create an account/artist profile, which is free. Once a profile is completed, artists can enter the Banner Competition. There is no cost to enter. As part of the entry process, the artist or artist’s representative will be asked to submit the following information: Full Name, a Short Bio, Contact Information, and Artwork Information.

Additional information may be required from artists selected.

Applicants will need to submit one (1) image to enter the competition. Applicants may submit up to four (4) different entries. Selected applicants will need to submit a second ‘high resolution’ image for printing. The first lower resolution image will be submitted to the CaFE website to enter the competition. If selected, the artist will be asked to create a series of up to seven (7) high resolution images. These high resolution images must be submitted to the City of Kokomo upon request or no later

than November 1, 2020 for printing. All images must be supplied digitally.

1) The image needed for the Call For Entry website must be a JPG (or JPEG) format only (all images must be the same format – not png, gif, tiff, psd or any other) and under 5MB in size.
2) The high resolution images needed for Printing must be an AI, EPS, PDF, JPG or PNG format only. The print image must be at least 300 dpi resolution.

Image quality counts! Your entry will NOT be considered if the submitted image is not of reasonable reproduction (print) quality. Tips: Choose an image/photograph which is bold, bright and legible, with good sharpness and contrast. Avoid busy images or those that would not come across from a distance and from below.

Judging Considerations
Submissions will be judged by a panel.
Considerations will include use of colors, aesthetic impact, appropriateness for public display, and legibility for drive–by viewers and pedestrians. We are seeking artwork that reflects the vitality and spirit of Kokomo.

Only entries submitted through CaFE ( will be accepted for judging. There should be no text or overlays on the submitted image unless it is part of the art.

If you have questions, please contact Sherry Matlock by email at or phone (765) 457-6802.

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