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Carnegie seeks youth art for fall banner contest
Carnegie banner contest
Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center will once again be highlighting youth art on downtown banners. The theme for the fall banner contest is “family" (Photo contributed).

Turlock’s Carnegie Arts Center will be opening its 12th exhibition season this September, and to help kick off a new year full of fun and creativity, the CAC is seeking artwork created by youth ages 4-18 on the theme of “Family” – highlighting what family means.

“The response to our banner contest last year was so great, we decided to offer this fun opportunity again. We chose the theme of family because it is a universal theme that can be represented in so many different ways,” said CAC Director Lisa McDermott.

A committee will select at least 10 winners whose artwork will be printed on two or more street banners that will be displayed on light poles throughout Downtown Turlock this fall. Artwork will be judged for creativity, response to the theme, and technique or skill (relative to age). The banner contest is sponsored by Robic Refrigeration and supported with assistance from the Turlock Downtown Property Owner’s Association.

“Your designs can be realistic or abstract, and made with any drawing or painting medium. It can be your family, any family, or just about how the idea of family makes you feel. And remember, it needs to be bold enough to get attention from people walking and driving through Downtown,” said McDermott.

Artwork must be in a vertical format on paper that is 14 x 8 ½ inches (legal size). The CAC will supply paper to any young artist who needs the correct size.

Artists should deliver their original artwork with a completed entry form to the CAC at 250 N. Broadway in Turlock. Download an entry form from the website ( or pick one up in person at the CAC. Entries will be received from through Sept. 2; hours are 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

“All of the original entries for the banner contest will be kept and included in the annual Ready, Set, Show! Youth Art Exhibition in June 2024. We want to share with everyone all the creative ideas that our committee got to see,” said McDermott.

For more information about the contest, call the CAC (209) 632-5761, x104, or visit:, Facebook: CarnegieTurlock, Instagram: @carnegiearts