P.O. Box 6015
300 S. Providence
Columbia, MO 65205
There are numerous opportunities for artists to submit their proposals for Columbia's public art projects. Please check back with us throughout the year to see how your work can be a part of Columbia's public art portfolio.
Students in Grades 6-12
21st International Friendship Art Exhibition in Hakusan City, Japan
“My favorite place in my hometown”
Each year, one of Columbia’s Sister Cities, Hakusan City, Japan, hosts an international art exhibition to help deepen its friendship and understanding with its sister and friendship cities. This year’s exhibition targets student photographers entering grades 6-12 and is entitled, “My favorite place in my hometown.” Students are asked to take a photo of their favorite places in Columbia that will help the citizens of Hakusan City learn more about our beautiful community.
Mid October 2015 – Late February 2016 in Hakusan City, Japan.
Exhibition to tour various public venues within Hakusan City.
A total of 7 sister and friendship cities from 6 countries are invited to participate:
Hakusan (host city), Columbia (USA), Fujieda (Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan), Raunheim (Germany), Liyang (China), Penrith (Australia), and Boston (U.K.)
Students entering grades 6-12 are eligible to submit original photography.
Submit the following materials to Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs:
Along with the photo, please include the following information in a separate Word document or piece of paper: 1. Title of photo, 2. Student name, 3. Age, 4. School name, 5. Grade in school, 6. Home address, email, and phone number, and 7. Written description of photo image
E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS by Monday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m.
City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, P.O. Box 6015, Columbia, MO, 65205
HAND-DELIVER SUBMISSIONS by Monday, August 24 at 5:00 p.m.
City of Columbia, Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, MO, 65201
Questions? Contact the City of Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
Visual art has been featured as the city's Commemorative Poster each year since 1992. The poster is intended to communicate the vitality and beauty of mid-Missouri, and specifically the City of Columbia, and the significance of the arts. The poster also serves as a way for the Office of Cultural Affairs to recognize and highlight the work of an individual artist. The official poster is unveiled in the fall at an exciting get-together known as the Poster Party for the Arts, and it is available for purchase year-round. An award of $1,000 is presented to the artist for the right to reproduce the artwork for the poster. All past posters can be viewed in our Poster Gallery.
Proceeds from the Poster Party for the Artssupport the Office of Cultural Affairs' community programs and services. Posters are sold year-round at the Office of Cultural Affairs, 300 S. Providence, or at Deck the Walls in the Columbia Mall.
Each year the City of Columbia, Missouri invites artists residing in mid-Missouri to apply for a public art project to create art on traffic signal boxes in the downtown area within The District. The goal of the project is to decrease the instances of graffiti on these surfaces while making them artful objects. Once addressed by artists, the traffic signal boxes have proven to be very resistant to graffiti and vandalism and contribute significantly to the vitality and attractiveness of the streetscape. To date, the program has been successful in stopping graffiti on these traffic signal boxes. See before and after images and videos of previous Traffic Box Art projects.
Columbia has so much to offer! Picturesque parks, a thriving downtown, an abundance of cultural opportunities, and the list goes on.
The City of Columbia is holding Columbia Flag Design Contest. This is an opportunity to create a lasting symbol for the city that captures the history, beauty, and uniqueness of our community. The contest is open to everyone, from amateurs to professional graphic designers. The artist with the winning design will receive a $250 cash prize. Winners will be honored during a special flag raising ceremony planned for the spring.
View the flag entries at ColumbiaTribune.com/comoflag
Official Contest Rules:
Click here to view images of the 5 finalists on Facebook
Learn more about flags...