Thursday and Friday, March 21 & 22
Brookdale Community College
Lincroft, NJ

Cover Art Contest


As we have done for the past several years, Monmouth Arts is encouraging student artists to submit designs to be considered as the Cover Art for the festival program at the upcoming 2019 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival!

The winner of the contest will receive a $50 RED BANK Gift Card (redeemable at over 100 locations) and will be featured on the cover of 2,000 festival program journals, as well as a complimentary year-long student membership with Monmouth Arts!



  • Students submitting design work MUST be registered for the 2019 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts festival.

  • Designs should reflect the 2019 festival theme, Heroes vs. Villains.

  • Submissions should be ORIGINAL IDEAS ONLY! Of course, we encourage you to be inspired by your favorite comics and characters, but please only use original ideas and non-trademarked designs.

  • Monmouth Arts will add text as an overlay to the image, stating the festival name and theme, along with relevant logos.

    • The logo is available on our website to be used in your design as a placeholder to where you believe the logo should be within the design, but please be aware that Monmouth Arts reserves the right to alter those placements.

  • All visual art forms are welcome (traditional or digital art forms; photographs of 3-dimensional work ARE ACCEPTABLE)

  • Designs must be submitted as a .jpeg, .pdf, .png, in addition to the raw Adobe InDesign or Photoshop file (designs created in Illustrator should be exported into InDesign or Photoshop prior to submission, again with editable layers).

    • Adobe files must include all editable layers. In other words, the file should be editable by our team.

    • Altogether, a native file and an exported file must be submitted.

  • Size: 8.5" x 5.5" plus a .125" bleed

  • Signed Submission Form be sent in with the design in order to be considered.

    • We will accept submission from either individual students directly, or educators on their behalf. 

  • Submissions are due February 8th, and the winner will be announced February 15th.

  • Submission form and design must be emailed to Arts Education and Events Manager, Vinny Martini, at by 11:59PM on February 8th.

If there are any questions regarding the guidelines of the Cover Art Contest, please feel free to reach out to Arts Education & Events Manager, Vinny Martini, at or by phone at (732) 212-1890 ext. 6. 

To get a better understanding of the journal, download last year's Teen Arts Festival program here!


For those schools who have not participated in recent years or ever before, the Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival happens over two consecutive days in mid-March (March 21 & 22, 2019). We invite all teens ages 13-19 to experience professional critiques in their artistic disciplines, fun and interactive cross-disciplinary workshops, peer performances, and exhibitions. We provide a welcoming environment for students to showcase their skills and hear valuable critiques from professional artists. 


We welcome high schools, middle schools, home-schooled students, art/music studios, and dance schools to participate. If your school does not sign up, individual teens can register with the help of their parents (if under 18 years old). 

This year, the theme for the 2019 Monmouth Arts Teen Arts Festival will be Heroes vs. Villains! The festival will feature workshops with content based around the theme, and I am hoping that many of you will prepare work for the festival that is encompassing of the theme as well (although, not required). Heroes vs. Villains reflects a number of motifs that occur throughout pop culture, society, politics, and, of course, entertainment and the arts. This theme can be applied to all of the different arts disciplines, so we hope you will encourage your students to create and showcase work that utilizes this idea of the eternal battle between good and evil.


Of course, you are in no way obligated to use this theme in order to participate. The theme helps to centralize marketing of the event each year and is also a useful tool for some teachers, who develop curricula around the concept. There will be several workshops and a group exhibition that utilize the theme during the festival, but again, there is no obligation to use this theme in order to participate.

The dates of this year's festival are: Thursday, March 21 and Friday, March 22 of 2019. at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, NJ. We’ve had the pleasure to partner with Brookdale Community College for many years.  The college supports this important county festival, while also providing their own arts faculty to teach workshops in their state-of-the-art facilities.

105 Monmouth St.

Red Bank, NJ 07701


The programs of Monmouth Arts are made possible in part by funds from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

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