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Pearl of the Pecos Arts and Culture District and the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council invites all artists to participate in our first art contest celebrating the history and culture of our town.

HertiageFest 2020 Art Contest Rules

This contest is open to any artist who works in our accepted mediums. You do NOT have to be a resident of Carlsbad or a member of the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council to enter.  Once submitted, all art will become the property of the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council. If selected as a "winning" piece, the original work must be submitted to the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council and the Pearl of the Pecos Arts and Culture District.


What should I create?

What should you draw, paint, or photograph?

Capture what you think is a building block to the culture in our town. People, places, things, and activities make up our culture. Think of your favorite places to go and your favorite things to do that are unique to our town. Do you have a favorite place like the Flume, the Caverns… do you like to ride horses, ATV's or hike…? Are there any people you automatically associate with our town, perhaps cowgirls, cowboys, cave explorers, ranchers, miners, oil field workers? Historical events and people are great too, like the original christening of our town, historic buildings, and one of our town's founders, Pat Garrett. Artists can even recreate their favorite memory in our town.

What can I win?

The winning entries will receive cash prizes courtesy of the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council plus a certificate of achievement. The winning art will be featured on the Creative Carlsbad Arts Council and Pearl of the Pecos Arts and Culture District website and marketing. All recognized art pieces will receive recognition by being displayed for a limited time in our online Art Gallery.  

     Cash Prizes:

  • Best in show $500

  • Best in show Age 3-17 $250

  • 1st Place  $250

  • 2nd Place $100

  • Citizen’s Choice $50

  • Age 3-6 Honorable Mention $50

  • Age 7-10 Honorable Mention $50

  • Age 11-14 Honorable Mention $50

  • Age 15-17 Honorable Mention $50

  • Age 18 and over Honorable Mention $50

  • original paintings

  • digital works

  • fine art photography

  • mixed media

  • drawings

Accepted Media

For more great ideas, join us on our Facebook group, Create Art, Cultivate Joy by clicking the icon.

  • Facebook

When will judging be held? 
Live judging will be held at a TBD date after the April 30, 2021 deadline; winners will be contacted by June 30, 2021.


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