Allen Creek Trail Student Art Ideas Competition
Call for Entries

PDF version of the Call for Entries

Key Dates:
Art Competition Begins: Monday, October 20, 2014
Deadline for Entries: December 17, 2014
Notification of Finalists: (Mid-January – to be determined)
Artwork Display: (Mid-January – to be determined)

Purpose of this Project: Catalyzing a Community Vision for The Allen Creek Trail
The Allen Creek Trail is a proposed pedestrian and bike friendly path that follows the historic alignment of Allen Creek and a portion of the existing North-South railroad corridor through downtown Ann Arbor. Interest in creating this safe, healthy, and sustainable pedestrian and bike friendly trail dates back to 1980. Now, the idea is moving from a vision toward reality. A team of UM Urban Planning graduate students, in collaboration with the City of Ann Arbor and the Allen Creek Greenway Conservancy, is initiating a community-based plan process for the design of the Allen Creek Trail.

We are seeking to include Ann Arbor’s youth in this process. We are asking you to propose a unique work of art that can be replicated and placed at various points along the trail to mark it path as a temporary public art installation that will increase the project’s visibility, increase residents’ awareness and enthusiasm, and enliven this corridor with creativity.

Any student who attends school within Washtenaw County (grades 6-12) may submit one entry. Students may work in teams. However, only one entry will be accepted from each student or team.

Judgment Criteria
The entries will be judged on project feasibility, creativity, and cultural and environmental consciousness/awareness.

  • Feasibility: Can this artwork be installed along the trail?
  • Creativity: Is this submission original and unique?
  • Environmental Consciousness: Would this art installation be safe for the environment and for community members to enjoy?
  • Does this artwork speak to an important environmentally or community issue?

Submission Guidelines and Requirements
Artwork can be realistic or abstract.

All two-dimensional media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and mixed media artworks, will be allowed. Physical art will also be accepted; artists must submit one photograph portraying the physical art instead of the actual piece.

Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
  • Computer-generated art

Each entry must not exceed 24” X 36”. Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. We reserve the right to use an image of your artwork in publication materials.

Deadline for Entries
All entries must be received no later than 5:00 PM on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. Entries submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

Notification of Finalists
Finalists will be notified Mid-January.

Award Amounts

  • 1st Place: $1,500
  • 2nd Place: $1000
  • 3rd Place: $500

All entries must include the following text on the page of the submission board:

>A typed or written statement (250-500 words) that includes:

  • A description of the artwork.
  • States how your art piece will complement the trail.
  • Suggests where/how the piece(s) should be located along the proposed trail.

>A Contact Entry Form:

  • Student’s Name
  • Student’s Grade
  • Art Teacher’s Name
  • School Name
  • Title of the Artwork
  • Medium
  • Phone Number



View this map of Allen Creek and surrounding amenities.

Click through these photos to see what the area looks like now:

Click through these photos to see existing art along the trail:

Click through these photos to see examples of trail art from other cities: