Bethel, NY - Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, a nonprofit cultural organization located on the historic grounds of the 1969 Woodstock festival, today announced a national poster contest in celebration of the iconic festival’s 50th anniversary this year. Woodstock spawned one of the most recognizable posters of the century with its signature bird and guitar celebrating “3 Days of Peace & Music.” 

The Peace, Love & Posters Contest invites student, amateur and professional artists to create a poster that visually expresses values of kindness, community, and our aspirations for the next fifty years. The contest opens for submissions on February 6 and ends on March 14, 2019. The grand prize winner will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and national exposure for their work.
 
Contest judges include original Woodstock poster designer David Edward Byrd and renowned Broadway poster artist Frank “Fraver” Verlizzo, Byrd’s former student. The winning poster will go down in history as the face of Bethel Woods during the anniversary year. The poster will also be widely displayed throughout Vibrations, an event series produced by Bethel Woods commemorating the Golden Anniversary, the power and possibility of the sixties and what that decade means to us today.
 
The winner and finalists will be announced prior to the first Vibrations event in May. In addition to the $2,500 cash prize, the winner will receive a $1,500 travel stipend and lodging to visit Bethel Woods on June 5 and participate in the Power of the Poster event during Vibrations. At the event, Byrd and Verlizzo will discuss the winning poster, take attendees on a kaleidoscopic journey through the power of posters over the last fifty years, and lead a hands-on workshop.

"I’m thrilled to see what the next generation of poster designers comes up with for Peace, Love and Posters,” said Verlizzo. “This national contest celebrates the power and possibilities of poster art and offers a wonderful opportunity for artists to have their work seen on a national platform.”
 
The deadline for submission is 4:00 p.m. ET on March 14, 2019. The contest is open to legal residents of the United States who are 15 years of age and older. Only original poster designs will be considered. Posters will be judged on the following criteria: adherence to theme; uniqueness; skill and technique; and creativity. For full details and contest rules, please visit: bethelwoodscenter.org/postercontest
 
About Vibrations 
Bethel Woods’ 2019 Vibrations series comprises eight unforgettable events bringing together changemakers, artists, and influencers to open conversations, inspire thinking and awaken purpose. Emphasizing the value of the arts and civic engagement, Vibrations brings the legacy of the past into conversation with the movements of today. Events include: Deep Field with Eric Whitacre on May 18, Power of the Poster on June 5, PBS American Experience: Woodstock on July 25, Songs for Change(date TBD), Mind: Body: Earth on August 31 & September 1, Framing History on September 28, Youth Leadership Day (date TBD), and Sixties @ 50: A Retrospective on October 19.
 
About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts and The Museum at Bethel Woods
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a nonprofit cultural organization, located at the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY. Located just 90 miles from New York City on a lush campus featuring bucolic countryside views, the Center is comprised of the Pavilion Stage amphitheater that accommodates 15,000, an intimate 440-seat indoor Event Gallery, and the award-winning Museum at Bethel Woods. The Center offers a diverse selection of popular artists, culturally-rich performances, and educational, community, and museum programs committed to inspiring expression, creativity and innovation through the arts. Bethel Woods is exemplary in its efforts to engage, inspire and advocate for the accessibility of the arts for all ages and to connect with community partners to broaden programmatic reach and to strengthen support and resources for its activities. The Museum at Bethel Woods is dedicated to the study and exhibition of the social, political and cultural events of the 1960s, including the Woodstock festival, and the legacies of those times, as well as the preservation of the 1969 Woodstock festival site. For more information, please visit: www.BethelWoodsCenter.org