How to Enter

Submissions for Fast Lane Art open on October 1, 2017. The submission deadline is January 9, 2018.

Physical artwork submitted for Fast Lane Art 2018 must be delivered to Berks Arts Council for exhibition at the Fast Lane Art Unveiling Event. Artwork intake is from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, January 16-18.

Winners will be announced at the Fast Lane Art Unveiling Event in February  2018. For more information visit the Unveiling Event page.

FAST LANE ART 2018 REQUIREMENTS

  • Artwork must be original artwork created after January 2015.
  • Artwork must be submitted in a 7” x 20” format for reproduction on a billboard.  Original artwork can be any size as long as the electronic submission is scaled to 7″x20″
  • Work in all media will be reviewed; there is no theme or other restriction for artwork submitted.
  • Artwork must be submitted on the Fast Lane Art entry pages using our online portal. Work will be reviewed digitally for acceptance and creation of billboards.
  • Artwork must be submitted in a high-resolution digital format for the jurying process. Billboards of winning submissions will be made directly from the digital image. All artwork should be digitally submitted exactly as the artists would like it to appear on the billboard.
  • Artwork accepted for exhibition must be delivered to the Berks Arts Council office the week of January 15, 2018.
  • Artwork dropped off for exhibition must be exhibition-ready. Mattes or frames are preferred.
  • Artwork may be sold during the Unveiling Event. Proceeds will be split 50/50 between artist and Berks Arts Council to help support BAC’s events in the community.
  • Artists may submit up to 3 entries.

 ELIGIBILITY

PRIZES

High School

In addition to having their artwork displayed on a billboard in Berks County, winners of the High School Contest will receive:

  • Grand Prize – Alma Woods Memorial Award (Approx. $700 – Exact prize amount varies annually based on funding received from the Wood/Coggins Trust)
  • 2nd Place – $250 cash prize
  • Honorable Mention – $100 cash prize

BACK FOR 2018! Freedom of Expression Awards

Berks Arts Council and Freedom Auto Group have partnered for a special exhibition and art appreciation event held at Freedom Auto Group’s Toyota location in Hamburg. Recipients of the Freedom of Expression prizes are announced during the event. Prizes in the amount of $1,000, $500, and $200 are awarded to the art departments of the winning schools. There is also an additional “Freedom to Create” student cash prize of $100. Selection of the prize winners is coordinated directly by Freedom Auto Group.

Professional

In addition to having their artwork displayed on a billboard in Berks County, winners of the Professional Contest will receive:

  • 1st Place –  Jack Coggins Memorial Award (Approx. $700 – Exact prize amount varies annually based on funding received from the Wood/Coggins Trust)
  • 2nd Place – $250 cash prize
  • Honorable Mention – $100 cash prize

FEES

  • High School Students: Thanks to our sponsors, student entries are  free! No more than three entries per student will be accepted.
  • Professional $20 per entry for first 2 entries; third entry is free. No more than 3 entries per artist will be accepted. Contact Berks Arts Council for entry fee waiver on third entry.

THE FINE PRINT

  • All judges, Berks Arts Council Staff/Board Members, Fast Lane Art Committee members and their immediate families are not eligible to enter.
  • All reasonable care and security measures will be taken in handling and displaying artwork submitted.  Artists are responsible for insuring their work.
  • At the Unveiling Event, artists may choose to sell their artwork. Proceeds will be distributed 50/50 between the artist and BAC.  If you need assistance with pricing, please let Berks Arts Council know
  • All entrants grant permission to Berks Arts Council (BAC) to publish and/or broadcast the names and photographs of the finalists and the winning entries through print and electronic media in relation to publicizing Berks Arts Council and Fast Lane Art. Artist retains rights to original image.

To enter simply use our online application:
Adult/Professional artists enter here
Student artists enter here