Vaccines & US: Poster Entry

Deadline: Rolling acceptance, weekly selections, with each week’s deadline on Wednesday (e.g., May 5, 12, 19, etc.).

A national collaboration of cultural organizations, led by the Smithsonian, invites artists and designers to submit artwork to support vaccine education. All artists are welcome—from crayon to creative professional. The initiative, “Vaccines and US: Cultural Organizations for Community Health,” will select works for use on posters, social media, and promotional materials. Artwork will be displayed on the “Vaccines & US” website and made available for free download by the public and all participating cultural organizations.

Key Messages

Note: Posters should not show needles and should not state the names of vaccine companies.

  • Help communities across the United States have more confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Promote unbiased information about vaccines from a nationwide group of trusted museums and cultural organizations.
  • Community health, through vaccination, is a road towards economic and cultural recovery.

Themes for Artwork Inspiration

  • Empower yourself with information. Ask questions about the vaccine.
  • Information is good for your health.
  • Vaccination is a personal choice, but one that impacts your family and community too.
  • Vaccination is a first step toward economic and cultural recovery.

Submission Guidelines

  • Complete the submission form below.
  • Entries will not be accepted unless they are submitted through the official channel.
  • Provide name, email, phone, title of artwork, type of media, and a brief bio (50-word max).
  • Each artist may enter a maximum of two artworks for consideration, as individual entries with one image each.
  • Original artwork may be created in any visual arts media: painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and graphic design. Artwork created previously by the entrant but modified for this use is acceptable.
  • Layout & Size:
    • Portrait preferred
    • 11"x17"
    • Leave blank space on bottom of poster: 1” (on Minimum) or 4” (on Maximum ) for logos.
  • Acceptable formats:
    • File Type: JPEG, JPG, or PNG only.
    • File Dimensions: 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
    • File Size: Under 10 MB.
    • Color Profile: RGB or CMYK

Judging Criteria

  • The poster meets the poster requirements, Submission Guidelines, and Rules of Entry.
  • The poster message is clearly conveyed by artwork and any text.
  • The poster shows creativity, originality, and artistic quality.
  • The poster is the original work of the artist and does not infringe upon the rights of any other person or entity.

Selection & Use

  • Selected artists will be acknowledged on the web portal. Selection will be made by artists/designers and recommended to the project team. The project team has sole discretion to accept or reject these voluntary submissions, and all decisions by the project team are final.
  • Final posters will include, on the top, bottom, or sides, some or all of this information: the project’s name, project logo, logos from the Smithsonian and other participating institutions, taglines, social media icons, hashtags, and website info. Information will be added both by the Smithsonian and by its collaborators.
  • Selected artwork will be made available on the project’s website for free download so they may be printed and exhibited without restriction, including in places of community awareness and used in outreach and social media.
  • Selected artists will receive a one-time cash payment of five hundred dollars cash ($500). A maximum of 20 cash payments will be awarded. Only one payment will be awarded per artist.

Rules of Entry

  • Artist must be at least 18 years old (or minors with a signed statement by a parent and/or legal guardian attesting to originality of artwork).
  • Artist/designer must live in the United States or its territories.
  • Entrant will be notified by email if his/her artwork has been selected for use in the vaccine project.
  • Selected artists will be required, as a condition of selection, to execute a license agreement that grants the Smithsonian and those authorized by the Smithsonian an irrevocable, royalty-free, worldwide right to use, reproduce and distribute the artwork for the vaccine poster project in all forms of media now known or hereinafter invented, including but not limited to electronic distribution on websites and social media platforms maintained by the Smithsonian and its collaborators in the project.
  • Artists shall retain copyright ownership in the submitted artwork, subject to the license granted to the Smithsonian and the Project collaborators.
  • If the selected artist does not return the license within five business days of notification that their work has been selected, another artist will be chosen and the selected artist will forfeit the right to the honorarium.
  • If selected, the original artwork may not be sold at any time during the project.
  • If submissions include content owned by someone other than the Artist, Artists must have written permission to incorporate any content that is owned by a third party.
  • The Smithsonian reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any artist it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Poster Call, including its website. It also reserves the right to disqualify any artist who does not adhere to the Rules of Entry.
  • The Smithsonian is not responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of the internet or any website, including uploading issues, injury or damage to artists' or to any other person’s computer related to, or resulting from, participating or downloading materials in this vaccine project.
  • The Smithsonian reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend this artwork collection effort.
  • Collection of personally identifiable information from artists/designers will be done in accordance with the Smithsonian Institution Privacy Statement.

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Vaccines and US


50 word biography
Portrait preferred 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side Color Profile: RGB (digital) or CMYK (print)
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: jpg jpeg png.
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