Calling all Marion County artists: Only 20 days remain to submit original designs for Indy’s Bicentennial Logo Contest

September 9, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS – Marion County artists have a little less than three weeks to design and submit entries for the city’s Bicentennial Logo Contest.  Mayor Joe Hogsett and the Indianapolis Bicentennial Commission issued the call last month for original designs from artists of all ages, disciplines, and abilities.  The deadline for submissions is approaching fast; all entries must be received by September 30th through the new bicentennial website,

Design contest entries should celebrate our city and address one or more of the Bicentennial Commission themes: history, civic pride, innovation, and legacy.  Mayor Hogsett’s Create Indy Advisory Committee will review all submitted artwork, and members will select multiple awardees.  A popular vote will also decide the public’s favorite design.  The Create Indy Advisory Committee will award the following monetary prizes: $5,000 to the overall winner; $1,000 to the winner of the youth category; and $500 to the people’s choice winner.

The Indianapolis Bicentennial will celebrate two significant events in the founding of our city: when dozens of families built cabins along the east bank of the White River in 1820, and the approval of that site as the state capital and official naming of Indianapolis in early 1821.  To honor the importance of both events, bicentennial celebrations and programming will begin in June 2020 and continue through the summer of 2021.

Original artwork will not only be used for the official bicentennial logo, but will also be featured on posters, memorabilia, promotional materials, public exhibits, and more.

The bicentennial commission is encouraging the community to follow @indyturns200 on Instagram and Twitter and “Indy Turns 200” on Facebook for news, updates, fun facts, and community celebrations.