Banner Exhibition and Competition

The Banner Exhibition and Competition is one of the signature events of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts. The Festival is proud to display past and present banners annually. Our banners hang over the Festival route, adding color and movement to the festive atmosphere. Both individuals and groups may submit entries. Prizes are awarded for the best banners in three categories: Professional, General and Youth.

The application deadline is June 19, 2020.

The Banner Exhibition is sponsored by FirstEnergy Foundation.


Banner entries are divided into three categories so that entrants are competing with their peers:

  • Professional: Individuals or groups who work as fiber artists
  • General: Individuals or groups who are not working in the field of fiber arts
  • Youth: All individuals and groups under 18 years of age
  • First Prize – $200
  • Second Prize – $125
  • Honorable Mention – $50
  • First Prize – $100
  • Second Prize $75
  • Honorable Mention $50

Making and Submitting a Banner

Identifying Your Banner
Submission and Calendar
Chair and Jurors

When designing your banner, please remember that it will hang between 15 and 20 feet over the street. The design must be visible from both sides of the banner (identical or different). All components of the banner design and construction must be securely attached, or the banner will not be displayed. Banners with religious, partisan, or commercial messages will not be accepted. Banners commemorating community organizations are permitted.

The banner must measure 72” long and 30” wide. It must be able to be rolled up for storage purposes. Its weight may not exceed 15 pounds.

Lettering or printing on the banner should be easy to read.


The banner must be constructed of heavy weight, colorfast, weather-resistant material. The following suggestions regarding materials will be helpful.

  • Fabric Materials: Sail cloth, duck, drill, canvas, heavy twill, cotton
  • Fabric Properties: Durable, strong, color-fast, weather-resistant materials
  • General Materials Needed: Approximately 4-5 yards fabric, thread, dowels, chain
  • Materials to Avoid: Burlap or felt, various types of net fabric, loosely woven fabric such as casement goods, see-through plastics, water soluble glues, or fragile adornments. Please do not use glitter.

The Dowel at the Top
The banner must be hung from a 36” poplar dowel, either 5/8 or 3/4” in diameter. A standard 36” poplar dowel, available at building supply stores is perfect for this. Please do not use an oak dowel or a metal rod since it is difficult to secure the banner to those materials. The dowel will extend 3” on each side of the banner. The banner must be weighted at the bottom.

The Weight at the Bottom
Weight at the bottom of banners keeps them hanging properly even in windy conditions. The weight must be completely enclosed and should be heavier than the top dowel. We recommend a heavy metal chain which can be tacked into place and sewn into into a sleeve at the bottom of the banner. Be sure the ends of the sleeve are sewn shut so that the weight does not fall out. 

Identifying Your Banner

Please include the following information on your banner:

  • Artist’s name or group
  • The year the banner was made
  • You may Include the title of the banner on it; this is not required
Submission and Calendar

Banners will be accepted at the office of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, 403 South Allen Street, Suite 205A, until 5:00 p.m., June 19, 2020. Banners may be shipped or delivered by hand. Banners received after the deadline will not be considered. Submitted banners become the property of the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Banner Competition winners will be announced Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Sidewalk Sale Awards Ceremony, at 9:00 a.m. on the Allen Street Stage.

Banners will be hung above the 2020 Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, at subsequent festivals, and in public buildings in the State College area.

Chair and Jurors

The chair of the 2020 Banner Competition is Lisa Zander-Campbell. Zander-Campbell has been sewing all her life, having been taught the craft by her mother. She sells her own recycled glass and found object sculptures at arts festivals regionally.

The Banner Competition jurors will be announced at a later date.

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