Contest to rebrand art festival is open to all

City changes name of event, logo contest winner to receive $250



Henry Stinson, an art teacher at Colfax High School, creates a live portrait painting during the Pullman ArtWalk on May 19 at Neill Public Library. Joanna Bailey, Neill Public Library director, says the event grew throughout the years.

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

The Pullman Arts Commission is holding a contest open to all artists to rebrand the annual Pullman ArtWalk with a new logo.

The event will now be called ArtFest: Celebrating the Arts! and will feature local artistic talent from the Palouse community. This summer the festival included a street fair in downtown Pullman.

“This contest is an open call to everyone with a tie to the Palouse,” said Joanna Bailey, director of Neill Public Library.

The Pullman Arts Commission is looking for a logo with vibrant colors that reflect many art forms like painting, performing arts, photography, culinary arts and more, she said.

The logo should also showcase the different characteristics of ArtFest, be easy to read and have eye-catching elements, Bailey said.

“Those that have been to the ArtWalk before know that the festival has a certain vibe,” she said.

The logo is required to have the words “Pullman ArtFest: Celebrating the Arts!” included. The submitted work must be scalable because the Pullman Art Commission will be using it to advertise the event in print, digitally and on social media.

Bailey said there is no age limit for this contest because it reflects the intent of the festival to be inclusive and is a way for the community to interact with the event.

“When ArtWalk was in the early years, the idea was to create a community event,” she said. “Since then, it has grown.”

The festival saw 84 percent more artists and 17 percent more merchants participating in the festival last year compared to the previous year, Bailey said.

Artists interested in entering an original logo into the contest can visit the Pullman Arts Commission Facebook page and submit up to five pieces of work. The contest ends Dec. 31. The artist whose logo is chosen by the Pullman Arts Commission will receive a $250 stipend.

“We want artists of all abilities to submit their work,” Bailey said.

The rebranded ArtFest, showcasing the new logo, will be held May 17-18, 2019.