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Are You Really Winning? Public Art Competition for Problem Gambling Awareness

Posted by Illinois Department of Human Services ; Posted on 
Are You Really Winning? Public Art Competition for Problem Gambling Awareness




To bring attention to a statewide educational campaign addressing problem gambling, Illinois-based artists ages 21 and over are called to shine a light on the journey from darkness to hope for individuals challenged with gambling addiction.

Co-presented by Way Back Inn and a5 Branding + Digital in partnership with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Are you Really Winning? is a public service campaign that aims to help people with gambling issues and provides ways to prevent losing it all to gambling. The call to action drives people to and to the help line at 1.800.GAMBLER. The integrated campaign includes digital, advertising TV, radio, social media, and sponsor partners that include the Chicago Fire and Chicago Wolves sports teams and colleges across Illinois.

Are You Really Winning? invites artists to participate in this statewide campaign through the submission of artwork that will bring a powerful voice to problem gambling issues and motivate those afflicted with gambling addiction to seek help. Entries will be reviewed by a jury panel and three selected works will be publicly unveiled (via digital and/or print representation) at
the Illinois Council on Problem Gambling Conference in May, and featured on the Are you Really Winning website and social media channels. As determined by the jury, a stipend of $2,500, $1,500, or $500 will be awarded to three selected
artists, who are invited to attend the public unveiling and media event at the conference, which will be held on May 15-18 at the Double Tree Hilton Libertyville-Mundelein.

Importantly, the selected works will provide a platform for building a public art program that supports education about gambling addiction and recovery.

Eligibility & Entry Information:

Entry is FREE. Artists must create a brief profile and login to submit an entry.

Click here to enter.

  • Submission deadline April 12, 2023, midnight MST.
  • Artist notification will be in late April.
  • Open call for emerging and professional artists from Illinois, ages 21 and over.
  • Accepted mediums include: Drawing, illustration, painting, printmaking, photography, mixed media, collage, digital art, fiber art, textiles, glass art, ceramic art, assemblage, and sculpture.
  • All works submitted must be of your own original creation. Works by multiple artists or AI-generated works will not be accepted.
  • Artists may submit one entry, which can include up to three works.
  • Entry must include artwork(s) information (Title, medium, size, year of creation).
  • Entries must be submitted via high quality photos in JPEG/JPG formats-Under 5MB. 1,200 pixels or greater on the longest side.
  • A brief written statement (300-word limit) about how artist work(s) address problem gambling must accompany the submission.
  • Selected artwork will be professionally photographed in advance of the media event and public unveiling. Artwork must be available and accessible for photography.

Copyright Policy & Image Use Rights

  • Artist maintains all copyright ownership.
  • Artist gives permission to publish their work with name credit to the artist for promotion purposes through print media, television, social media, and campaign website and will further allow the release of such information to campaign partners.

Learn more here.


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