Posted on: August 31, 2010

Become Our 2011 Maui Whale Festival Featured Artist

MA’ALAEA, MAUI, HI — Attention artists and designers: do you have an illustration, print, painting, digital or graphic design or image that would look fabulous featured on the 2011 Maui Whale Festival t-shirt, program and poster? If so, Pacific Whale Foundation invites you to enter the competition to become the 2011 Maui Whale Festival Featured Artist.

The Maui Whale Festival is a month-long series of events held on Maui in honor of the humpback whales that grace Maui’s ocean waters in winter. The whales migrate to Maui and the neighboring Hawaiian Islands to mate, calve and care for their young.

The events that comprise the 2011 Maui Whale Festival include the Run for the Whales on Saturday, February 5, Maui’s Parade of Whales on Saturday, February 19, Whale Day Celebration on Saturday, February 19 and The Great Whale Count on Saturday, February 27. There are also free talks, special whalewatches and an eco-conference for local schoolclasses. More than 17,000 people attend the various events. You can read about the events at www.mauiwhalefestival.org.

The official Maui Whale Festival artist will enjoy a broad promotional opportunity — the chance to be recognized by an audience of more than 17,000 people who attend one or more of the festival events, as well as by thousands of other people who visit the festival website or view the festival ads. The official festival artist will be announced in a press release to more than 50,000 Pacific Whale Foundation’s members, supporters and friends across the country. In addition, the official festival artist will have a page on the festival website, to showcase his or her work and story. Last but not least, the official festival artist will be invited to have a booth at the well-attended Whale Day Celebration, a free, all-day festival in South Kihei’s Kalama park which features live music by many of Hawaii’s top recording artists, a large “Made on Maui” artisan’s fair, environmental displays, children’s activities, food booths and a parade. The Maui Whale Festival is a fundraiser for marine education programs for Maui schoolchildren.

“It’s a great opportunity for an artist to be associated with a high-profile series of ocean-themed events,” says Ashley Justice, Events Coordinator. “And what could be better than showing you care about whales, the ocean and marine education for kids?”

The winning artist will also receive a free whalewatch season’s pass, entitling the bearer to unlimited whalewatches with Pacific Whale Foundation during the upcoming whalewatch season.

To enter the competition, please send a PDF or JPG image of the artwork you’d like to submit to ashley@pacificwhale.org. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email contatct information. If you prefer, you can mail your submission to: Pacific Whale Foundation, Maui Whale Festival Artist 2011 Competition, 300 Ma’alaea Road, Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 96793.

To be considered, entries must be received by September 15, 2010. All artwork submitted must be original artwork. Families and employees of Pacific Whale Foundation are not allowed to enter. Entries will not be returned.

Please note that Pacific Whale Foundation reserves the right to not select a winner for this competition or award the prize or recognition described above, if a suitable entry is not received.

For more information, email ashley@pacificwhale.org.