Spark 2022 | Call for Submissions

IT’S BACK! AIGA Hampton Roads is hosts SPARK — a juried exhibition and competition of posters exploring the most pressing issues in our communities!

Last year, we asked you to send us your interpretation of song lyrics that have shaped your life. Your responses were incredible.

As the primary source for creatives in Hampton Roads, AIGA advocates to inspire and support creatives through networking opportunities for like-minded individuals. We’re reaching out to our creative community to ask for poster designs inspired by “Graffiti and Street Art: Hampton Roads“. Create a poster that shows your unique skills to represent your community!

We want to see your interpretation of your “Graffiti and Street Art: Hampton Roads” – how it currently is and your hopes for how it could be. With this in mind, design an 12” x 18” poster that only you could make! By submitting artwork for this event, you are giving permission for us to print digital copies of your submission.

Winning submissions will be awarded and professionally printed. Curated submissions will be displayed during the live event on Friday, October 21. These selections will be in the running for People’s Choice and printed copies will be available for purchase. Remember, you can only cast vote for People’s Choice and purchase a curated design for your collection during our live event! Proceeds benefit AIGA Hampton Road’s annual programming and scholarship fund.

We are also happy to announce the following available awards:

Best in Show: Awarded by the jury to the entrant whose poster design demonstrates excellence in concept, execution, and the congruency between the work and the statement of intent.

People’s Choice: Awarded the night of the exhibition.

Emerging Designer: Awarded by the jury to a student entrant.

Honorable Mention: Awarded by the jury.

Monday, October 17 at 11:59pm.


  1. Your file should be set up to 12” x 18” with a .125” bleed and crop marks. We made Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign templates for you to download here.
  2. Name your file with your first and last name. Example: Firstname-Lastname.pdf
  3. Have your artist statement & file ready, then go to to submit your work!

Is there a submission fee?
All entrants have 1 free submission.
Can I submit more than one design?
No. Only one submission per person will be accepted this year. Please send us your best work!
Can my submission be created in another medium?
Whatever your medium – we don’t mind. Make sure to send us a digital file at the correct size (12″ x 18”, CMYK at 300 dpi, with .125” bleed and crop marks) and we can print it for you.

More questions?
Contact Ivry Artis at

When & Where
Mon, Oct 17, 2022 11:59 AM - 12:00 AM