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Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge 2017
2 Steele St., Suite B-100
Denver, CO 80206

Entry Deadline: 3/10/17
Application Closed
Number of Applications Allowed: 10


Images - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 5
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 5, Maximum: 7

Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge

Arrow Electronics and the Cherry Creek Arts Festival are coming together to bring you the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge. Through it, we're inspiring artists around the world to explore the notion of innovation and express what Five Years Out looks like through their medium. Innovators live in the world of Five Years Out. Where their flashes of brilliance collide with millions of practical components to form smarter solutions for all of us. We fuel innovative thinking, get inspired to create your reality Five Years Out.

The Challenge to Visual Artists
This is your opportunity to express the idea of innovation through the discipline of your choice. The challenge seeks artists from all disciplines. Painters, glass blowers, wood turners, new media creators, digital artists and more, from all over the world. Artists can use their discipline to explore and express the ideas of innovation. We are looking for your authentic representation of innovation, how that translates into your artistic expression is up to you.


Commissions & Prizes
There are seven individual artist commissions available at $5,000 each to create a work of art for the Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge. In addition, each of these seven artists are then eligible to win the grand prize of $10,000 and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. The seven pieces of art will then become part of the innovative collection of artwork at Arrow and may be featured in a global ad series and in locations around the world.

Inspiration Resources
View the previous year’s Art Challenge finalists here:
Learn more about Arrow and their guiding principal of always looking five years out into the future at the links below. - Arrow Brand Anthem:
Five Years Out Music Challenge with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Colorado Symphony Recording of Arrow Five Years Out

- January 2017                           Apply Now at
- Friday, March 10, 2017          DEADLINE for application midnight (MST)
- Late March 2017                   Jury selection of finalists
- Friday, March 31, 2017                  Finalists notified
- Friday, June 2nd                   Deadline: Artwork to arrive at CCAF Offices        
- Week of June  19th                   Grand Prize Winner selected        
- July 1, 2, 3, 2017                           Artwork on display at CCAF

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival and Arrow are trying to inspire artists to take the concepts of innovation and thinking five years out and translate these ideas into their artistic discipline. Value artists and artistic processes. Be a lead innovator in the evolution of visual arts.

A. Your artwork should be inspired by and incorporate the theme of innovation and what the theme Five Years Out looks like expressed in the visual arts. Check out the inspiration resources for more information.
B. Artwork must be portable. Artist should design the piece being mindful that the piece will be on display in multiple venues. Artwork has the potential to be shipped around the world and must be able to withstand travel. Artwork should not weigh over 150 lbs. The artwork must be able to be moved without the use of a forklift or other mechanized machinery.
C. Artwork will need to be shipped to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival for judging and arrive no later than June 2nd Shipping costs and a professional crate for the purposes of shipping needs to be included in the $5,000 commission.
D. Artwork must be structurally sound.
E. Artwork and its likeness will become the property of CCAF and Arrow. Also, artwork has the potential to be featured in marketing efforts worldwide.
F. Artists are encouraged to “push the envelope” in whatever medium they choose to work in.
G. Eligibility: Artists working in any media are encouraged to apply. Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge is open to all artists regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender variance, national origin, age, religion, marital status, political opinion, or affiliation or mental or physical handicap. Artists working in any media are eligible to apply.

Application/Selection Process This is an open competition of professional artists. Artists may apply individually or as a team and the submitted images must reflect the collaborative work of the team players. From these applications, the selection panel will select seven artists. These artists will then receive $5,000 to create their proposed artwork for display at the 2017 Cherry Creek Arts Festival. One of the seven artists will be selected to win a $10,000 grand prize and a jury-exempt invitation to exhibit at the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

Deadline: The application, images and any other materials must be submitted electronically by midnight MDT on Friday, March 10, 2017. All materials must be submitted online via the CaFÉ™ website ( (Please read this section carefully, incomplete applications will not be considered.) 1. A total of five (5) artwork images are required. In order to be considered for Arrow Five Years Out Art Challenge applicants must electronically submit five images of previously completed artworks through the CaFÉ™ system. Artists who wish to submit kinetic, sound or electronic media works must submit a complete CaFÉ™ application and upload a video or sound file. 2. A detailed description of the artwork you intend to create is required. Please provide enough information to paint a picture of your concept for the jurors. 3. A current resume, please cut and paste this into the resume text box.

Selection Criteria Include: - Innovative ideas, thinking outside the box; Creative depiction on Five Years Out theme and the idea of innovation; The applicant’s professional qualifications; Artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials, including quality of art and design; Portability of artwork; Please contact us with any questions: (303)355-2787.