Art in Bloom Festival Artwork Competition Announced

Tulip Time Festival ( and the Holland Area Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2019 Art in Bloom (AIB) Festival Artwork Competition through which a work of art is selected for the official Tulip Time poster. Each year, the Holland Area Arts Council invites a juror to select the Top 20 pieces for AIB. Kristin Jass Armstrong, Executive Director of the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, will be the 2019 juror.

Until 2011, posters were commissioned work from selected artists. Since AIB transitioned into a Festival Artwork Competition, eight local artists have been awarded this honor:

  • 2011 Beth Charles – “Drama Queens”
  • 2012 Brittany Strabbing – “Beautiful Dream” 
  • 2013   Maggie Schultz – “Clothed in Splendor”
  • 2014   Karin Nelson – “Resilience”
  • 2015   Carolyn Stich – “Joy of Spring”
  • 2016   Alla Dickson – “Spectacle”
  • 2017  Michele Gort – “Playful Time”
  • 2018 Cindy Awrey – “Together”

Artists in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo counties are invited to submit artwork.  Submissions for the 2019 Festival Artwork Competition will be accepted September 29 – October 4, 2018. The artwork theme should represent Tulip Time’s mission to celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and community with special consideration to our 90th festival theme: ‘join the dance as we paint the town orange!’ The winner of the 2019 competition will be announced at First Bloom, a special unveiling reception held in February.

To view the submission forms and full entry requirements, please pick up a prospectus from the Tulip Time Festival Office or the Holland Area Arts Council. The prospectus can also be found online at and

For additional details, artists are encouraged to contact Mary Sundstrom at (616) 396-3278 or

Tulip Time expresses gratitude to AlpenRose Restaurant for their presentation of AIB and thanks At Your Service Valet, EGL Tech, Elisabeth Marie Photography, Gill Staffing, Lighthouse Group, Next Creative Co. and the Commons of Evergreen for their partnership.

The Tulip Time Festival Guide is now available offering complete details for the 2018 program. Festival Guides can be viewed online or you can request a copy at

Join the dance as we paint the town orange in celebration of Dutch Culture, Community and Tulips at the 90th Tulip Time Festival May 4 – 23, 2019.