Gathering Grounds art contestsI have been asked to pass along information about an exciting one of a kind national art contest - Gathering Grounds Art Contest. Also included here are images from past community revitalization projects.





For centuries, public art has served as a catalyst for change and revitalization. Taking this notion to heart, Tully’s Coffee and its non-profit partner Pomegranate Center have been working together to create community gathering places infused with art. This year, to complement the community revitalization project Tully’s and Pomegranate are planning in Vermont, Tully’s is launching a first of its kind national art contest which will award two artists the opportunity to create a permanent art installation at the build.

Winning artists will receive $1,000 cash prize, $2,000 in materials to create their art installation, and a trip to Vermont.

Tullys Coffee community buildArtists of all abilities are invited to submit a photo of original artwork that describes what “community” means to them via the Gathering Grounds Art Contest tab on Tully’s Facebook page - now through May 3. Two winners – one from a national pool of applicants and one from Tully’s home state of Vermont – will win a trip to beautiful Vermont this summer, where they will have the opportunity to bring their artistic vision to life at a community revitalization project.

The following award-winning artists will judge each entry:

· David Lee Csicsko, an internationally recognized artist best known for large-scale mosaic projects, including designing stained glass ornaments and 10-foot tall holiday tree sculptures for the White House’s 2012 holiday decorations;

· Kat Clear, a Burlington, Vt.-based metal sculptor known for public art installations across the Green Mountain State;

· Tabbatha Henry a Waterbury, Vt.-based porcelain sculptor deeply involved in the area’s art movement.


Gathering Grounds Art Contest Contest Details

To summarize, here are the details of the Gathering Grounds Art Contest:

  1. Tully's Coffee community revitalization projectEntry period is from now through May 3

  2. To enter visit the contest tab on the Tully’s Facebook page.

  3. Submissions require a hi-res JPG, GID, or PNG of original, visual artwork and a brief 250-word description representing what community means to you.

  4. A panel of judges will select 10 finalists.

  5. The Tully’s Facebook community will then vote and select two Grand Prize Winners – one from Vermont and one from anywhere in the U.S.


Judging Criteria

Judging criteria is as follows:

  1. Demonstrates passion for enhancing the community through art (35%)

  2. Values spirit of collaboration and demonstrates willingness to join in a community building project (35%)

  3. Creativity/originality (20%)

  4. Thoughtfulness (10%)

The winners will travel to Vermont this June to participate in the Waterbury community build. They’ll work with Pomegranate Center to create a permanent installation inspired by his or her creative vision.

Good luck to all entrants!

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