Texas Artist Wine Label Competition

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Texas Artist Wine Label Competition

The Texas Artist Wine Label Competition is the centerpiece for the 39th Annual Wine & Roses Festival (May 6-7, 2023).

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Revitalization

This year we invite artists to depict the theme of “Revitalization.” These additional words can help guide your creativity: reinvention, rejuvenation, and restoration. The author, Stephen Covey, said “Your power to choose your direction of your life allows you to reinvent yourself, to change your future, and to powerfully influence the rest of creation.” Revitalization can take many shapes and forms. For us, we must imbue new life and vitality into our vineyards to grow bountiful grapes, so in turn those grapes can be changed and transformed into vibrant Texas wine.

Eligibility: Available to Texas artists only
Entry Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2023 Applications Closed

Fees

Entry Fee: $25.00
Each additional submission: $20.00

Work Sample Requirements

Images: 1-6 images
Total Samples: 1-6 samples

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CONTEST TIMELINE

Friday, March 10th: Digital artwork submission, application, and fees due online at CallForEntry.org

Friday, March 17th: Finalists notified along with invitation to participate in the Wine & Roses Festival

Friday, April 14th: Finalists framed physical artwork due by 5:00pm

Friday, May 5th: Artwork on display at the Spring Wine Release

Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7th: Attendees of the Wine & Roses Festival & VIP Member Bash will vote for their favorite artwork

Monday, May 15th: Competition results announced

Friday, May 26th: Remaining artwork must be picked up by 5:00 pm

Top Finalists

The Top Finalists are applicants chosen to submit physical artwork for the competition and will receive:

  • An invitation to display and sell artwork at the Wine & Roses Festival May 6-7, 2023 at Messina Hof’s estate winery in Bryan, TX with a complimentary artist booth.
  • A pair of tickets to attend our annual 2023 Harvest Festival in August.

1st Place

The 1st place winner will receive:

  • $1000
  • Artwork displayed on Messina Hof wine labels along with name of the artist and title of the piece.
  • Artwork permanently displayed in the Messina Hof Gallery among previous winners.
  • Invitation to our Harvest Grand Finale Dinner in August 2023 where the winning artwork will be officially presented to the public.
  • Social media recognition and online exposure via postings and mentions of artist name and artwork on Messina Hof social media platforms.
  • A certificate for a Private Tour & Tasting for 10 at Messina Hof Estate Winery in Bryan.

2nd Place

The 2nd place winner will receive:

  • $250
  • Social media recognition and online exposure via postings and mentions of Artist name and artwork on Messina Hof social media platforms
  • A certificate for a Private Tour & Tasting for 10 at Messina Hof Estate Winery in Bryan.

3rd Place

The 3rd place winner will receive:

  • $100
  • Social media recognition and online exposure via postings and mentions of Artist name and artwork on Messina Hof social media platforms
  • A certificate for a Private Tour & Tasting for 10 at Messina Hof Estate Winery in Bryan.

GUIDELINES

  • The fee is $25 for the first digital entry and $20 for each additional digital entry. The fees are non-refundable and are due Friday, March 10, 2023, with the application and entry.
    • Digital entries will be judged by a panel, which includes the owners of Messina Hof and the Arts Council of Brazos Valley. The judging is based on the following: 
    • (1) Appropriateness of Materials, (2) Reducibility and Appropriateness for Intended Use on Label, (3) Appropriateness of Theme, (4) Workmanship, and (5) Overall Impression 
  • Invitations for the Top Finalists to submit physical artwork for the competition will be announced Friday, March 17, 2023. The number of Top Finalists will be at the panel’s discretion.
  • For finalists: final framed entries are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 14, 2023, to the Marketing Department at Messina Hof in Bryan. If paintings are shipped, all expenses including insurance are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Voting among the Top Finalists will take place Saturday & Sunday, May 6-7, 2023 by attendees of the Wine & Roses Festival & VIP Member Bash.
  • The 1st place artwork, including the frame, title and copyright will become the property of Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.
  • Remaining artwork after announcement of winner must be picked up by 5:00pm on Friday, May 26, 2023. Shipping expenses including insurance to return artwork is the responsibility of the artist.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Artists must reside in Texas and must be 21 years of age or older. 
  • Medium for final artwork is open to any 2D medium including but not limited to: watercolor, oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, collage, and multimedia. 
  • Subject of artwork must be visually big and bold and adhere to the theme “Revitalization – See Entry Details tab for more information.
  • The initial digital submission must provide a clear indication of the final artwork. No significant changes may be made to artwork following digital submission. Any unapproved or significantly altered physical artwork will be disqualified. 
  • Entry CANNOT contain faces of people, nudity, weaponry, trademark symbols, words, flags, military or governmental insignia.
  • For finalists: Physical artwork must be the original of the digital submission. No prints accepted. Physical artwork must be framed in a professional-looking, wooden frame with secure and proper hanging hardware. Metal frames will not be accepted. 

Is there a specific ratio or orientation my artwork should be?

The suggested ratio is 3×2 and any orientation (horizontal or vertical).  We also recommend using high contrast so artwork can be legible at reduced size. Printing a label-sized version of your artwork will help get a visual of what it might look like upon completion.

How will the winning artwork be used on a label?

The label will be created by our design team who will develop a design that best highlights the artwork and the product. Some cropping may occur. Below are some previous examples:

2022 Winner – Peach Moscato, Artist Series

2021 Winner – Gewürztraminer, Artist Series

2020 Winner – Augmented Reality label