Here is a statement sent to Fabricatorz by John Harrington, Paint Louis co-founder and organizer.
For the first time ever, Paint Louis will not be an in-person event, but instead will be a virtual event.
For over 20 years, Paint Louis has hosted artists from across the country & around the world. The world looks different this year. Due to the rise in numbers of positive Covid-19 cases, the Paint Louis Committee cannot confirm the safety of the 300 artists or the 1,000+ people that annually attend Paint Louis. Out of an abundance of caution, Paint Louis 2020 will be a virtual online event.
John Harrington, one of the original founders of Paint Louis and a current Paint Louis committee member states, “Paint Louis has always been about showcasing local St. Louis artists and Midwest artists as a whole. Over the years, we expanded it to all street and mural artists and it has become an international event. Due to Covid-19, we feel the best way to keep the event safe this year is to do a virtual event featuring all types of visual artists including canvas painters, graphic designers, digital artists, air brushers, muralists, and graffiti art.”
Harrington continues, “Everyone is invited to submit artwork for this year’s online gallery and contest. Hopefully we’ll be back in person in 2021 at the floodwall.”
Artists of all mediums are encouraged to submit artwork. To participate in the competition, art must be e-mailed in either a 300 dpi jpeg or png format to [email protected]. Please include artist name and the best form of contact.
Art submissions will be accepted now through August 17, 2020.
Artwork will be reviewed by judges and key pieces will be posted publicly to the Paint Louis Facebook page to be voted on August 20th-31st.
From the submissions, three winners will receive a monetary stipend.
The winners will be announced as follows:
- The 3rd place winner will be announced Friday, September 4th and will receive $50.
- The 2nd place winner will be announced Saturday, September 5th and will receive $75.
- The 1st place winner will be announced Sunday, September 6th and will receive $200.
Community members and artists wishing to support Paint Louis may do so by purchasing a Paint Louis 2020 T-shirt for $25 online through:
- Venmo: paint-louis
- Cashapp: $PaintLouis
- PayPal: https://paypal.me/paintlouis
Please add quantity, size, color, & address to be shipped to in the notes when purchasing.
Available sizes: small, medium, large, xl, xxl, xxxl.
Add $5 for xxl & xxxl ($30)
Available colors: Black, Burgundy, Charcoal (dark grey), Denim Blue, Graphite (extra dark grey), Heather Grey, & Kelly Green
All shirts will be shipped Tuesday September 1st.
100% of the proceeds from the t-shirt will go into hosting Paint Louis 2021.
Sponsors: Midwest Avengers, So’n’So, Amoeba Arts, Screwed Arts Collective, Decode, Juan in a Million, and Freedom Culture Coalition
Paint Louis 2020 artwork by STUN 1 of K.M.S. crew (SVG black and white vector created by RE of PTSD Crew)