Call for Entries for 48th Annual Kona Coffee Fest Signature Art

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Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawai‘i’s oldest food festival, announces its Call for Signature Art for the official image of the 2018 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival.

Signature art is the completed version of the winning concept image submitted by the selected artist to be used by the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival. The concept image must be adaptable, in whole or in part, for the use in other media, including but without limitation, advertisements, T-shirts, magnets, brochures and rack cards.

Hawai‘i artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms including fine art, graphic design and photography. Artists of traditional media including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, illustrations as well as computer graphics and photographers are invited to participate.


Artists are encouraged to be inspired by Kona’s nearly 200-year coffee heritage. Artwork should reflect the festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage.

ELIGIBILITY: The Poster Art Submission is open to Hawai‘i residents only. The competition is open to all Hawai‘i Island residents 18 and older. Selected poster artists from the two previous years are not eligible.

COMPENSATION: One submission will be selected from all eligible entrants. The selected artist will receive:

  • Monetary honorarium of $500
  • Name recognition on all print collateral, including poster, magazine and rack cards
  • A feature on the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival website along with a link to the artist’s homepage
  • A photo and feature in the Festival’s media kit and 32-page full color magazine
  • Press release showcasing the artist and the art
  • Name recognition on merchandise, apparel, and printed material featuring the selected artwork

SELECTION: Signature Festival art will be selected at the first board meeting in April. It will be selected based on the following:

  • Artistic execution and marketing adaptation (60%)
  • Conformance to the guiding mission (40%)

Typography should not be included within the art. There is no entry fee to participate.

Artwork submissions are due by Friday, April 6, 2018, and should be delivered to Malia Bolton at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company located at 74-5588 Palani Road in Kona, or entries can be submitted electronically via email to [email protected]. Include “Festival Submission” in the subject line for electronic entries.


About Kona Coffee Cultural Festival

The award-winning Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is recognized as the oldest and one of the most successful food festivals in Hawaii. The 2018 festival, Nov. 9 through 18, includes 10 days of events that promote Hawai‘i’s unique culture and diversity and supports the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique coffee heritage.

The Kona Coffee Cultural Festival is supported as a Signature Event by Hawaii Tourism Authority, and is made possible through the support of UCC Ueshima Coffee Co. Ltd., Kamehameha Schools, Alaska Airlines, Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union, Kawakami Family of Captain Cook Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation and numerous other corporate and community donors.

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