LEESBURG ─ Loudoun artists are invited to submit designs for Loudoun County Public Library’s Second Annual Library Card Design Contest.
A panel of judges from the Loudoun County Art Advisory Committee will choose three finalists based on creativity, originality, and message. Artwork or photography submitted should reflect the spirit of Loudoun and the work of Loudoun County Public Library. Deadline for entries is Sunday, July 9. The three designs will be posted here and in library branches July 11-16, when patrons will vote to determine the winner.
The winning entry will become a limited-edition commemorative library card available in September in celebration of Library Card Signup Month.
“We had a wonderful response to the inaugural contest last year,” said Chang Liu, Library Director. “I can’t wait to see Loudoun artists’ beautiful designs this year. And I’m thrilled to announce that the public will have a chance to view a gallery of all the entries online and in select branches in September.”
Artwork can be any kind of original, two-dimensional art, including:
• Non-digital, non-computer-generated art (painting, photo, mixed media; color or B&W) should be dropped off at any Loudoun County Public Library branch.
• Please email digital art and photographs along with completed entry form to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Card Contest" in the subject line. The file needs to be at least 300 dpi. If you don't get a confirmation email that your digital art was received, please resubmit.
• The finished card will be 2 1/8” x 3 3/8” with full bleed.
• Artwork will be cropped to fit the full available space (Note: Rectangular artwork scaled to a 2:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio is recommended to limit the amount of image cropping.)
• Please do not use photos of people (in the distance is okay.)
• All artwork must be original to the submitting artist, free of copyright or trademark images, and free of copyright restrictions.
• Click here for templates: PDF; JPEG; AI (Adobe Illustrator CC) (Templates are for guideline purposes only. Please do not includes templates lines in your final submission.)
2016 Contest Winners
Reading, by Octavia Frazier of Sterling. “I love color and patterns and have presently evolved into abstraction,” she said. To complete her collage and mixed media work, she first paints on paper and then tears and arranges the shapes on a board.
“I consider a painting successful when I have manipulated elements of shape, color and texture into a personal balance.”
Goose Creek, by Penny Hauffe of Leesburg. “'Goose Creek' was inspired by a photo I took from the W&OD trail, a great way to see many of the farms and rural set-asides nestled among Loudoun's thriving commercial and residential growth,” she noted. “I used almost fluorescent/electric colors to give the scene a pop art feel and add to the brightness of the summer sun.”
The work of Ava Quintas, Ashburn, a fourth-grade student at Hillside Elementary, who says her art was inspired by how librarians help you find the books you need when you want to learn something on a new topic. She thought the books flying onto the shelves was a creative idea because sometimes books make you imagine things and it's like they are "flying off the shelves" into your mind whether it's history or art. “You can also always come back and check out a new book,” she said. “The possibilities are endless.”
The work of Elisabeth Quintas of Ashburn, a second-grader at Hillside Elementary, which is based on her belief that people should read more and visit the library. Elisabeth says the library is fun because so many books are in reach.