Wanted: Artwork submissions for local digital billboards

November 24, 2014 | UToday, — Communication and the Arts
By Cassandra DeYoung

In collaborative partnership with Lamar Outdoor Advertising, the College of Communications and the Arts is accepting submissions for the third annual Digital Billboard Art Exhibition.

web UT_Billboard_Exhibition_Poster_webREVThe exhibition will feature selected student artwork as part of the regular rotation of advertisements displayed on multiple billboards throughout Toledo during January and February.

“Artist have been using billboards to display their work for a long time, and we want to help students gain access to these type of opportunities available to them in cities like Toledo,” Barry Whittaker, UT assistant professor of art, coordinator of new media design practices, and director of the project, said.

Students from all majors in the College of Communications and the Arts are encouraged to submit up to five images by the 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, deadline.

Submissions should be sent to utoledoart@gmail.com, with name, address, phone number and the department of major. Images entered must be in the following JPEG format: 1400 x 400 (width by height) at 72 dpi. Submissions not following this guideline will not be accepted.

A three-person faculty panel will choose the winning artwork to be displayed based on the aesthetically pleasing, positive and uplifting nature of the image and how different the work is from traditional advertisements seen on digital billboards.

During the first year of the exhibition, the project and students won the 2012 Achievement in Digital Art & Design Award from the International Digital Media and Arts Association.
Artwork selections from that year can be found at utole.do/billboard.

For more information, contact Whittaker at william.whittaker@utoledo.edu or 419.530.8320.

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