Calling All Downtown “Ad Men”

Sample_AdThe DNA is seeking “mad” talented artists for a unique, downtown-focused art project that will complement our 2013 DNA Awards Gala this October.

We are looking for artists to create vintage 1950’s or 60’s inspired advertisements for current Downtown Elgin businesses a la the kind produced by the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce ad agency on the hit AMC TV series “Mad Men”. A sample of the kind of look and feel we are seeking in your “creative” is depicted on the left.

All finished pieces will be displayed at our 2013 DNA Awards Gala. The public will also help select the best “creatives” both online and at our Downtown Ad Men Creative Pitch juried art exhibit at Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Court, in September. The Top 5 artists as determined by our Creative Pitch judges will then be invited to attend the DNA Awards Gala to pitch their work to our team of mad men and women at the Gala. The overall winner will receive a $250 CASH PRIZE and the runners up will each receive $50 in downtown Elgin gift certificates.

Submitted advertisements can be paintings, sketches, photographs or digitally composed work. Electronic submissions must be minimum 300 dpi high-resolution file in PDF or JPG format with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′. Hard copy submissions will also be accepted with minimum dimensions of 12′ x 16′.

Advertisements must depict a current Downtown Elgin business. Artists can submit pieces for multiple downtown businesses with a maximum of three. There will likely be multiple submissions representing the same business but only one creative per business will be selected for the Creative Pitch exhibit with the tie breaker determined by online voting. There is no fee to participate. All submissions become the property of the Downtown Neighborhood Association and may be used in future promotions, fundraisers or other marketing campaigns.

Submit your “creative” as a hard copy or electronically on a CD or DVD to:

Downtown Neighborhood Association
Attn: Downtown Ad Men
2 Douglas Avenue
Elgin, IL 60120

Submissions are due no later than Friday, August 2 at Noon.

Call the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail for more participation details and guidelines.