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Messina Hof Wine Label Competition 2017
2275 Dartmouth Street
College Station, TX 77840

Entry Deadline: 3/5/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 6

Entry Fee ((Make any checks payable to The Arts Council)): $25.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum): $20.00


The 27th Annual Messina Hof Texas Artist Wine Label Competition is the centerpiece for the 33rd Annual Wine & Roses Festival on April 22, 2017. Messina Hof is celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017 - so what better way to celebrate than with theme of "Celebration!" When searching for inspiration, think of everyday celebrations, not just holidays or anniversaries. The small moments in life that bring quiet tears of joy or shared bursts of laughter. Draw memories... paint milestones... create a masterpiece!

The Top Finalists are applicants chosen to submit physical artwork for the competition and will receive:

  • An invitation to display and sell artwork at the Wine & Roses Festival on April 22, 2017 at Messina Hof with a complimentary booth. Over 2,000 people will be in attendance!
  • An invitation to attend our VIP Reception on April 22, 2017 from 12:00pm-1:30pm

The 1st place winner will receive:

  • $1000
  • Artwork displayed on Messina Hof wine labels along with name of the artist and title of the piece.
  • Artwork permanently displayed in the Messina Hof Gallery among previous winners.
  • Invitation to our Harvest Grand Finale Dinner in August 2017 where the winning artwork will be officially presented to the public.
  • A Messina Hof Traditional VIP membership to celebrate with us all year long!

The 2nd place winner will receive:

  • $250
  • A Messina Hof Traditional VIP membership to celebrate with us all year long!

The 3rd place winner will receive:

  • $100
  • A Messina Hof Traditional VIP membership to celebrate with us all year long!


  • March 3rd, 2017: Digital artwork submission, application, and fees due online at
  • March 10th, 2017: Finalists notified along with invitation to participate in the Wine & Roses Festival
  • April 14th, 2017: Finalists’ framed physical artwork due by 5:00pm
  • April 22nd, 2017: Attendees of the Wine & Roses Festival will vote for their favorite artwork
  • April 28th, 2017: Competition results announced
  • May 13th, 2017: Remaining artwork must be picked up by 5:00pm
  • The fee is $25 for the first digital submission and $20 for each additional digital submission. The fees are non-refundable and are due Friday, March 3, 2017 with the application and submission. All proceeds will be donated to Messina Hof's partner, The Arts Council, a local non-profit organization.
  • Digital entries will be judged by a panel, which includes the owners of Messina Hof and staff of the Arts Council. The judging is based on the following:
    • Appropriateness of Materials
    • Reducibility and Appropriateness for Intended Use on Label
    • Appropriateness of Theme
    • Workmanship
    • Overall Impression
  • Invitations for the Top Finalists to submit physical artwork for the competition will be announced Friday, March 10, 2017. The number of Top Finalists will be at the panel’s discretion. 
  • For finalists: final framed entries are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 14, 2017 to the Marketing Department at Messina Hof in Bryan. If paintings are shipped, all expenses including insurance are the responsibility of the artist. 
  • Attendees of the 33rd Annual Wine & Roses Festival on Saturday, April 22, 2017 will vote for the top three winners among the Top Finalists in a people’s choice contest.
  • The 1st place artwork, including the frame, title and copyright will become the property of Messina Hof Wine Cellars, Inc.
  • Remaining artwork after the Festival must be picked up by 5:00pm on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Shipping expenses including insurance to return artwork is the responsibility of the artist. 
  • Artists must reside in Texas and must be over 21 in age.
  • Medium for final artwork is open to any 2D medium including but not limited to: watercolor, oil, pastel, pencil, acrylic, collage, multimedia, and digital art.
  • Subject of artwork must be visually big and bold and adhere to the theme “Celebration!"
  • The initial digital submission must provide a clear indication of the final artwork. No significant changes may be made to artwork following digital submission. Any unapproved or significantly altered physical artwork will be disqualified. 
  • Entry CANNOT contain faces of people [*new rule*], trademark symbols, words, flags, military or governmental insignia.
  • For finalists: Physical artwork must be the original of the digital submission. No prints accepted. Physical artwork must be framed in a professional-looking, dark-colored wooden frame with secure and proper hanging hardware. Metal frames will not be accepted.
  • The winning artwork will be reduced to fit on a Messina Hof wine label created by the Messina Hof marketing and design team. Cropping may occur. The suggested ratio is 3x2.
  • ​High contrast is important. Printing a label-sized version of your artwork is suggested to get a visual of what it might look like upon completion.
  • Your artwork should not contain detailed faces of people. Abstract depictions are allowed.