Hagerstown seeks Western Maryland Blues Fest poster creator

October 19, 2012

The City of Hagerstown has put out a call for artists who want to be their 2013 Western Maryland Blues Fest poster creator.

City spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release that the city’s Blues Fest committee and the Washington County Arts Council are looking for visual artists to submit their work by Nov. 16.

The 18th annual Western Maryland Blues Fest is scheduled for May 30 through June 2, 2013.

“Each year we get so excited reviewing the submitted art. Our ‘Call to Artists’ for Blues Fest 2012 was our most successful ever, with over 45 very cool and creative ideas,” said Carl Disque, founder and event chair for the Blues Fest. “We can’t wait to see what our responding artists suggest for Blues Fest 2013, and we encourage all artists to participate, even including re-submissions of art not previously selected.”

For each Blues Fest, an artist is selected who creates an original work to advertise the annual festival held in downtown Hagerstown, Wolfe said.


The winning design is commissioned by the city and Blues Fest committee for posters, T-shirts, programs and other promotional materials. The original art is raffled off to help raise funds for Blues Fest.

Mary Anne Burke, executive director of the county Arts Council, said the chosen artist will also get the chance to exhibit their work in a special gallery show at the Arts Council in June.

“It’s a great outlet for any artist to share his or her talent with the community,” Burke said.

Artists who want to submit work can send three entries. Images must be submitted in JPEG format and files should be labeled by last name, first name and title of work.

Images may be emailed to, and must include the artist’s full name, address, telephone number and email address.

Submissions on a compact disc may be mailed to: Washington Arts Council, Inc., 14 W. Washington St., Hagerstown, MD 21740.

For a copy of the official guidelines or for more information, visit, call the Washington County Arts Council at 301-791-3132, or email the gallery manager at

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