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Atlanta begins second Route 66 Reinterpreted art contest

The Route 66 town of Atlanta, Ill., is calling for submissions for its second annual Route 66 Reinterpreted art project, where contestants re-imagine the iconic Route 66 shield sign.

According to a news release from Atlanta:

Participating artists will be provided a blank, 2-by-2-foot wooden cutout of the Route 66 highway shield, painted white, which will then become their personal canvas. The only requirement in creating a reinterpreted shield is to incorporate the text “Illinois U.S. 66” somewhere on the face of the shield, in whatever size, shape, or color the artist desires. Everything else about the design, style, background, and color of the reinterpreted shield is left to each artist’s imagination and creativity.

The project is open to anyone 16 years old and above. Up to 50 entries will be accepted in this year’s project, as determined by the date applications are received. All 50 entries will be displayed outside along Route 66 in downtown Atlanta, Illinois from May 1 to Aug. 31 The Atlanta Betterment Fund board of directors will select 10 shields out of the 50 entries as finalists. Voting will take place from May 1 to Aug. 31 to select the top five shield designs as winners of the 2014 project. Anyone, anywhere may vote: either in person at selected Route 66 attractions in Atlanta or online via Atlanta’s website at The top five vote-getters will be the winners of this year’s Route 66 Reinterpreted Art Project. At the conclusion of the project, the five winning shields, with the names of the artists who created them, will be displayed on a permanent basis in the Atlanta Route 66 Park. […]

Entries selected as one of the top five winning designs will also be showcased at the International Mother Road Festival in Springfield on Sept. 26-28.

Artists wishing to enter must send a completed application form with a $25 entry fee. Applications are due Feb. 15. Guidelines for the contest are here.

(Image of Ron Frazier’s entry in the 2013 Route 66 Reinterpreted art project via Flickr)


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