Attention high school artists! Your work can win dollars, recognition in Detroit auto show poster contest

Attention high school artists! Your work can win dollars, recognition in Detroit auto show poster contest

Michigan high school students with a bent toward art can win up to $1,000 in the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) annual poster contest.

In addition, winning posters will be displayed at NAIAS 2019, reproduced in the official NAIAS program, and be displayed on the official NAIAS website.

The NAIAS poster contest is open to all Michigan students enrolled in grades 10 through 12. The entry deadline is Nov. 20.

Posters must be original artwork, 18″x24″ in size, two-dimensional and camera ready. The poster theme must be automotive related, and any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics. Posters must contain all of the following copy: “2019 NAIAS or 2019 North American International Auto Show,” “Detroit” and “Cobo Center.”

“As chairman, it is very rewarding to me to see firsthand the creative young minds we have in our great state and be able to award them for their imaginative interpretations of our show,” says Bill Golling, 2019 NAIAS chairman.

An independent panel of judges, including College for Creative Studies instructors, automaker designers and State Farm representatives, will review the submissions and select the winning posters.

The judges will choose winners in the following 16 categories:

  1. Chairmen’s Award – $1,000
  2. State Farm Award – $1,000
  3. Designer’s Best of Show: Digital – $500
  4. Designer’s Best of Show: Traditional – $500
  5. Best Theme – $250
  6. Best Use of Color – $250
  7. Most Creative – $250
  8. 1st Place: 10th Grade – $500
  9. 1st Place: 11th Grade – $500
  10. 1st Place: 12th Grade – $500
  11. 2nd Place: 10th Grade – $250
  12. 2nd Place: 11th Grade – $250
  13. 2nd Place: 12th Grade – $250
  14. 3rd Place: 10th Grade – $100
  15. 3rd Place: 11th Grade – $100
  16. 3rd Place: 12th Grade – $100

Now in its 31ST year, the NAIAS poster contest was created to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s high school students and encourage careers in automotive design. For the 2018 contest, NAIAS received 825 entries from 68 high schools across the state.

To view official rules and to view the 2018 poster contest winners, please visit the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website. Additional questions may be directed to Sandy Herp at 248.283.5138 or The entry deadline is Nov. 20.


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