Art Banners

“Summers in Tukwila”  Street Banner Art

Tukwila Parks and Recreation is thrilled to present the “Summers in Tukwila” Street Banner Project, an opportunity to raise awareness of Tukwila’s diverse population, landscape, and history while showcasing resident artists.

  • Banner Project: Twelve pieces of art, printed on banners, at six intersections on Tukwila International Boulevard for the summer and early fall.
  • Art Application Deadline: June 11th at midnight.
  • Prize: $200 Visa Gift Card to twelve resident artists.

Application Link: CLICK HERE

Purpose: To celebrate the summer by adding vibrancy and color to six intersections on Tukwila’s International Boulevard and raising artists up in the community.

Theme: “Summers in Tukwila” Banners will celebrate the beautiful people, community, history, landscape and artistic talents in Tukwila.

Banner Project Timeline:

  • Open for Submissions, May 11th- 24th **Extended to June 11th at midnight.**
  • Committee Review, June 12th-June 15th
  • Submit Artwork, June 16-23rd.
  • Prepare Artwork for printing, June 26th- June 29th
  • Printing/hanging of Banners, mid-July.

Banner Selection: A Banner Review Committee, made up of city staff, and residents, will vote no the art. The committee will judge based on the following elements of artistic expression:

  • Interpretation and the clarity of the theme to the viewer.
  • Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.
  • Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?

Prize: Each awarded artist will receive a $200 Visa gift card and will have their art printed on a banner and hung at an intersection on Tukwila’s International Boulevard from July – October.


  1. Read submission guidelines and submit Artwork and Artist Entry Form.
  2. The committee will review all submissions to ensure compliance with all guidelines, criteria, and specifications.
  3. The committee will select banner art by June 26th.
  4. Artists will complete Waiver Form, and submit the final art in proper format.
  5. Banners will be printed and hung on poles at six intersections on International Boulevard in July.

General Submission Guidelines:

The Banner Review Committee reserves the right to determine whether a banner design is eligible for acceptance and placement on a city street pole banner under these guidelines.

  • Ideas could include representations of the Tukwila area, such as its natural beauty, wildlife, the mighty Duwamish River, culture, community, and heritage to provide positive, welcoming visuals.
  • You may submit one entry per person.
  • The artist must be a Tukwila Resident.
  • All submissions must be family-friendly and appropriate for all ages and must not contain any words or objectionable imagery.
  • The banner concept must be original and one-of-a-kind.
  • Banner art submissions shall not be used for commercial advertising or display of personal messages or used to promote political or religious organizations or issues or viewpoints. Business names, logos, branded tags, acronyms, or trademarks are prohibited.
  • Think big, bold, bright, and understandable, will be seen by people driving cars.
  • All design entries must be vertically oriented, as banners will be hung vertically.
  • If your design is selected, you must submit original artwork.
  • Should be large enough to cover the entire surface area inside the top and bottom rod sleeves.

Accepted Media:

  • Photography
  • Digital Artwork
  • Collage
  • Paintings
  • Printmaking
  • Drawing Color/Pencil/Pastels/Mixed Media

Specific Technical Specifications:

  1. Submissions were received without a completed entry form.
  2. Submit only portrait/vertically oriented images.
  3. Submissions received without all the required contact information may be disqualified.
  4. Banner art must be able to fit (can enlarge or shrink)36 inches tall, including top and bottom pole pockets, and 24 inches wide. Images may need to be cropped for pockets on the banners to install.

Photography and Digital Art:

  • Submission Requirements:
    • Only original photographs will be accepted.
    • Files must be submitted in TIFF, PSD, RAW, JPG, PNG or PDF format.
  • Technical Specifications:
    • Should your image be chosen, we will require the following minimum requirement for image resolution:
    • Minimum file size 2000 x 6000px
    • If possible, shoot photos in RAW image format and provide exif data for processing.
    • You will need to supply an uncompressed, high-resolution TIFF, RAW, or PSD image file, if available.
  • If the image cannot meet minimum image resolution, it may be disqualified because it cannot be successfully enlarged to meet the banner production requirements.

Collage, Paintings, Drawings, Mixed Media:

  • Submission Requirements:
    • All artworks must be original, made by the artist submitting the entry, and made by hand.
    • Artwork should be photographed for email submission. If chosen, you will be contacted for a high-resolution scan or photograph of the original.
      • The City of Tukwila can photograph the artwork.
  • Technical Specifications:
    • The minimum finished artwork size must maintain a proportional scale to correctly fit the 24” wide X 36” long, street banner size. If the original artwork does not meet these minimum qualifications, it will be cropped to fit.
    • If your artwork is selected, it must be professionally scanned or photographed at a very high resolution for it to be resized and made into a banner.
      • If this is a barrier, the City of Tukwila can photograph the artwork.

Copyright/Intellectual Property:

  • For any submission which uses or incorporates an image(s) of a person which is recognizable, you must be prepared to provide a model release from the subject or, in the case of a minor, the subject’s parent or guardian upon request. A sample model release is available.
  • Similarly, entrants who depict other people’s work (such as sculptures, statues, paintings, and other copyrightable works) must be prepared to provide a release from the rights holder to the City upon request. A sample art release is available.
  • If the entrant cannot provide all required releases, the City, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify the submission, seek to secure the required releases, or permit the submission to remain in the contest.
  • Any submission that violates or infringes upon another person’s rights, including but not limited to copyright, is not eligible.
  • You retain your rights to your submission; however, by entering the contest, you grant the City of Tukwila (and those authorized by the City of Tukwila) a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, nonexclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, advertising and promotion of the City, any publications and its website, exhibition, and commercial products. The City may provide attribution or credit as feasible in the event of a reproduction of the submission; however, rights to attribution shall be required, and entrants into the contest knowingly, intelligently, and voluntarily waive any rights to attribution. The City shall not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses


  • Electronic Submissions (Preferred)– Upload your Entry Form and artwork, CLICK HERE
  • Drop-off Submissions – Entry Form, photo of the artwork, dropped off at Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168
  • If you can not submit it by dropping it off or online, please contact Olena Perry for accommodations.

Questions or Concerns, email