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Watercolor of a lake with boats in progress with paint supplies scattered around.

Calling All Artists! The Center for Wooden Boat’s 45th Anniversary Poster Art Competition is now underway!!

The theme of the anniversary celebration is CONNECTING GENERATIONS & MARITIME HERITAGE. We will celebrate the many facets of The Center for Wooden Boats by highlighting special programs and a series of small events focusing on woodworking, boatbuilding, youth and adult programs, our Cama Beach Boathouse, our historical boat collection, and of course, on-the-water fun! For the past 45 years, the CWB community has come together to share northwest maritime with the Pacific Northwest with the Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival. This year, we want to celebrate festival all year long!

The Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is one of the best family entertainment values in the Seattle area. The Heritage Wooden Boats theme is merely a guideline; artists may interpret as they wish. For inspiration or to see past Festival posters, please visit

Anyone is welcome to submit an entry. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges consisting of CWB staff and the CWB Festival Committee of volunteers.

The winning artist may be given feedback by the selection committee while in the completion process. Therefore, applicants MUST be willing to alter their design based on recommendations from the committee. The finished art will be used on Festival posters, postcards, t-shirts and for advertising and branding purposes. Therefore, the art should be both visually appealing as well as attention-grabbing, and the artist and committee will work together to achieve this goal. Digital animation capabilities and manipulation is a plus! Please be aware that once the art is complete, text and sponsor logos will be added by someone other than the artist to transform the artwork into the 45th Anniversary Poster.


  1. Submit one sketch or mock up of your entry. It does not need to be a finished piece, but should be representative of what you intend to create.

  2. Submit at least three other samples of your work, which are indicative of your distinct ‘style’.

  3. Submit an artist bio and an artist statement about your entry. If you have a particular connection to wooden boats, please describe it. You may submit a link to your website in lieu of three examples if you wish.

  4. Include complete contact information, including address, phone, and email.


  • Digital images can be sent electronically to Digital files should be standard poster size (18”x24”) and in a file format of one of the following: JPG, PDF, EPS.

  • Physical copies of artwork can be mailed or delivered to The Center for Wooden Boats, attn: Sandy Lam, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle WA 98109. CWB is open 10am – 4pm Wednesday through Sunday with the exception of their winter closure Dec. 14, 2020 – January 5, 2021.

  • Please contact Sandy Lam, or call 206-731-7433 if you have questions.


Completed application materials (sketch, samples, artist bio and statement and contact info) must be received no later than Sunday, January 24, 2021. The winning artist must submit their original, completed art to CWB by Monday, February 17, 2021. The winning artist will be announced by March 1, 2021.

The winning artist’s name and website will be printed on the poster, listed on and on any marketing materials which feature the winning artist’s work. The winning artist will also receive 25 copies of the poster, two T-shirts, an opportunity to sign posters for fans at a Festival event, and $500 cash prize. Please Note: the final piece of original artwork and all rights to use the artwork become property of The Center for Wooden Boats and the artist must agree to sign at least 25 copies of the poster, which also become property of The Center for Wooden Boats.