Center For Wooden Boats – Poster Design Competition

The 44th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Art Competition

Entries Due: February 8, 2020
Participants will be notified by February 14, 2020

Calling All Artists! 44th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival Art Competition Now underway!!

The theme of the annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is the heritage of wooden boats. The ambiance is that of an old-fashioned, down-home waterfront festival where everything is fun, almost everything is free and nothing much is fancy. It’s as authentically grassroots American as you can get and has been for the past 44 years.

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 volunteers selected by CWB’s Events Manager.

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. 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 2020 Festival 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 – 6pm Tuesday through Sunday.

  • 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 Saturday, February 8, 2020. The winning artist must submit their original, completed art to CWB by Sunday, March 1, 2020. The winning artist will be announced by mid-March.

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 the Festival event, and $250 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.