THE MET ANNOUNCES DESIGN CONTEST IN CELEBRATION OF 150TH ANNIVERSARY

Print,ca. 1830. Yashima Gakutei Japanese. Courtesy of The Met Museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is launching a design contest to celebrate the Museum’s upcoming 150th anniversary in 2020. From April 12th, The Met invites the public to submit original designs that draw inspiration from Open Access images of works in the Museum’s collection.

Entries will be revealed on June 14, from which six winning designs will be selected through a combination of crowd voting and deliberations by a judging panel consisting of Chirlane McCray, poet, activist and First Lady of New York City; Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue and Artistic Director of Condé Nast; Zac Posen, fashion designer; Fred Wilson, conceptual artist; and Max Hollein, Director of The Met.

The winning designs will be announced in September 2019 and will be adapted into a line of Met Store products to be sold starting April 13, 2020—the Museum’s 150th birthday. All product sales will support projects of The Met. Winning designers will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Window Cornice,ca. 1870. Attributed to John Jelliff American.

“The Met has always been a source for inspiration, and the approaching 150th anniversary is a meaningful moment in which to invite everyone to utilize the vast resources of our Open Access images and to share their creative response with the Museum and fellow participants,” said Max Hollein, Director of The Met. “We look forward to seeing the entries and the innovative and exciting ways our collection can be interpreted.”

Through the contest, the Museum seeks to inspire both children and adults, and encourage a diverse range of perspectives on creativity and design. The contest is open to participants from the United States, and creatives as young as six years old will be eligible to submit original designs in any medium. The contest is accessible now at metmuseum.org/150/contest.

   
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