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Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has launched the Phoenix Award Redesign Competition, a design contest open to full-time students enrolled in an accredited college or university in metropolitan Atlanta. Students interested in submitting artwork must register by Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m. All design entries must be submitted digitally by Friday, December 14, 2012, at 2 p.m. Entries will be accepted in two categories: two-dimensional or three-dimensional. Instructions on how to register and submit follow. The new Phoenix Award will be revealed at the 2013 State of the City breakfast. There is no entry fee for this competition.

The Phoenix Award is the highest honor an individual or group can receive from the Mayor of Atlanta. The award recognizes outstanding achievements and service to the city, state, nation or world. Recent Phoenix Award winners include individuals such as Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunnus, five-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Tyler Perry, WSB-TV Channel 2 journalist Monica Pearson and Turner Broadcasting System Chairman and CEO Philip Kent.

The City of Atlanta invites college students from all areas of study to enter, including the arts, industrial design, architecture, computer design and the fine arts. Individual students or teams of students can enter. All entry requirements apply whether entry is from team or individual.

All two- and three-dimensional art, regardless of category or media, will initially be submitted electronically as 200 dpi jpeg images. Each design must include the City of Atlanta’s seal, which will be provided once registration is completed. Digital art has separate guidelines. Using the digital submission protocols, the following categories of art will be accepted:

Regarding the initial size limitations on image files for 2D and 3D artwork, all image files for the initial entry should be submitted only as .JPG (no less than 200 dpi) and have the dimensions no larger than 10x10 inches. We understand that file sizes may vary depending on the size of the original artwork and the media in which it was created. Please be able to provide a downloadable link or zipped copy of artwork. For judging the art, image(s) need to fit on a monitor screen so judges can view it as a whole instead of having to look at parts of it because it is so large. Because of the three-dimensional design, more than one .JPG can be submitted to show all sides, but no more than four (4) images will be accepted.

Two-Dimensional Art: Students can submit two-dimensional art in any media they choose. Two (2) images of the work will be submitted initially at a minimum of 200 dpi resolution.

Three-Dimensional Art: Initially, three different images of the award can be submitted, each with a minimum of 200 dpi resolution. If the student’s design is selected among the top five, s/he will be asked to produce the actual model.

To enter, all contestants must first register and receive notification that their registration has been accepted. To register, students MUST complete the registration form by Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.

Students can either fill out this form and/or submit it to by Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.

To apply, in addition to the actual design, all students will need to provide two documents:

1. Artist Statement of Originality: This is an explanation in 300 words or less describing what inspired the art and pledging that the submission is an original work of the student or group of students.

2. Faculty Statement: This is a one-page, signed and dated letter from a supervising faculty member from the student’s college or university. This letter must be on official school letterhead affirming the original work of the student.

Phoenix Award submissions will be judged by a Phoenix Award Redesign Competition Panel that includes Mayor Kasim Reed, esteemed members of the Atlanta art community and staff members from the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

Awards will be reviewed and judged for excellence in concept, design, illustration, originality and creativity. Students will also be judged on their ability to design an award that is cost-effective and easy for the Mayor’s Office to reproduce under a tight deadline. The award must reflect the symbolism and spirit of the Phoenix.

The winning designer(s) will receive special recognition at the Mayor Reed’s State of the City Address, as well as mentions in any press material distributed by the Mayor’s Office of Communications.

This is a great opportunity for the student to enhance their portfolios, gain recognition, increase visibility within their institution and the arts community, and, most importantly, be part of Atlanta’s storied history.

A panel will judge the entries and notify the winner by Friday, December 21, 2012.

Registration Deadline: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 5 p.m.
Artwork Submission Deadline: Friday, December 14, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Winning submissions will be notified by Friday, December 21, 2012.

Mayor Reed’s State of the City Breakfast Address: Scheduled for February 13, 2013.
Selected artist(s) will be recognized and the winning artwork will be unveiled. 

Jennifer Ogunsola, Communications Manager, Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs
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Last updated: 12/11/2012 1:37:19 PM