PromoWest and
Columbus Make Art
2020 Exhibition


PromoWest Productions and the Greater Columbus Arts Council would like to welcome Franklin County artists, designers and photographers to submit designs to be one of four pieces featured in the annual PromoWest Art Exhibition. The work will be showcased on the south side of A&R Music Bar in the Arena District (facing Huntington Park and Neil Avenue).

This annual exhibition, a partnership between PromoWest and the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s Art Makes Columbus/Columbus Make Art campaign, celebrates the work of the city’s amazing artists. No other city has this unique collection of creative people. Musicians, painters, sculptors, glass blowers, designers, actors, writers—any creative endeavor that can be thought of is pursued in Columbus we encourage artists to spotlight that passion for creativity through their submission. Four artists’ work will be selected and digitally produced on 5’ x 8’ full color panels.

How does this work?

  1. Only one design per artist/team is allowed. Previous concert posters for any PromoWest venue or images submitted for the contest last year are not eligible for submission.
  2. Entries must be submitted online.
  3. Up to 10 finalists will be chosen by committee of community and Arena District business leaders.
  4. The public votes to pick the top four designs to be displayed.
  5. Each of the top four artist designs will receive $500 from the Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Who can apply?

Anyone who resides in Franklin county, including:

  • artists
  • photographers
  • designers
  • individuals
  • teams
  • students


The two-dimensional work will include or be evocative of any of the following:

  • Tributes to the artists who make Columbus great
  • Images of artwork by Columbus artists
  • Imagery connecting artists to the community
  • Images of artists engaged in making or presenting their art
  • Mix of photos, arts, graphics that reflect or depict artists

Other Production Details for Winning Entries

  • Words are acceptable; no profanity, no nudity.
  • Previously exhibited artists must sit out a year before applying again (ie: If you were chosen for the 2019 exhibition, you could apply again in 2021).
  • The work cannot include the use of trademarked or copyrighted images without permission. If you are unsure, it is best not to include that image.
  • Previous PromoWest concert or venue posters are NOT eligible for submission.
  • Employees of the Greater Columbus Arts Council and PromoWest Productions are not eligible.
  • Final images must be transmitted in digital form. For final production high-resolution jpg, pdf or Vector files will be required for final production. CMYK 300 DPI is the optimal resolution for image clarity and file size management. Winning designs will need to be saved and submitted at 100 percent of intended output size.
  • Final image display is vertical 5' x 8', see installation image on this page for example. Image submissions MUST BE cropped to the proper ratio or they will not be considered for public voting round. (i.e., if your image is horizontal, you must choose a vertical detail section and submit that as your image)

Selected artists will receive $500 and recognition on signage on the piece. Artist honorariums will be paid by the Greater Columbus Arts Council. Production costs will be covered by PromoWest. Deadline for submissions is March 23, 2020 at 5pm.

About the Venue

The south facing wall of the A&R Music Bar will feature the four selected two-dimensional, digitally reproduced, images displayed on 5’ x 8’ panels. Words may also be included (tasteful; no profanity). These images will be viewable on the southside of A&R Music Bar across from Huntington Park, at Neil Avenue and Brodbelt Lane. They will be subtly illuminated at night.

2019 Winners

2019 Winners

What's the timeline?

February 24
Open call for entries
March 23 @ 5pm
Deadline for submission
March 25 - 29
Review by committee
March 30
Announce top 10 entries to be voted on by the public; Voting begins
April 24
Deadline for public vote
Week of April 27
Four (4) Contest Winners Announced
Week of May 18
Printing and installation

2018 Winners

David Mason
Phillip Martin
Cody Milner

Apply Now
Deadline is 5 p.m. March 23

To apply, you will need to login or register with the GCAC Online Grants Application system, then select PromoWest under Funding Opportunities.

Need Help? email Stevi Knighton or call 614-221-8564

Finalist Selection & Public Vote

The selection of up to 10 finalists will be conducted by a review committee of community and Arena District business representatives. The top 4 submissions will be determined by public vote on this website.

Production & Installation

The PromoWest team will be responsible for fabricating and lighting the images onto the A&R Music Bar Building. The selected artists/teams will deliver high resolution files saved at 100 percent of the intended output size within 14 days of final selection.

About the Exhibition Sponsors

PromoWest Productions

PromoWest Productions currently offers Columbus, Ohio over 450 events a year at its venues EXPRESS LIVE!, Newport Music Hall, The Basement and A&R Music Bar. PromoWest opened the country’s second indoor/outdoor concert venue, Stage AE, in downtown Pittsburgh in 2010 and purchased Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati, Ohio in 2014. For more information on PromoWest, please visit

For more information about PromoWest, email Samantha Markouc.

Greater Columbus Arts Council

Mission of the Greater Columbus Arts Council: To support and advance the arts and cultural fabric of Columbus.

The Greater Columbus Arts Council receives major financial support from the City of Columbus, Franklin County Commissioners and the Ohio Arts Council.

The Columbus Makes Art campaign is a city-wide, collaborative marketing effort designed to highlight the incredible talent of central Ohio artists. Find artists and events at

For more information about GCAC, email Jami Goldstein.

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