Rain Barrel Art Contest

Presented by: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company

Call for Artists

Bluegrass Greensource and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky are hosting a Rain Barrel Art Contest and we need artists! If you are interested in entering the contest, find more information below.

Potential artists are required to submit an application with a short description of an idea for a painted rain barrel. Previous artwork should be included with this. Bluegrass Greensource staff will choose artists based on these applications. We will be accepting 10 artists. 

Thousands of individuals will be exposed to this artwork, as photos of all decorated barrels will be posted on Bluegrass Greensource’s website, and visitors to the site will be able to vote on their favorite. The top 3 barrels from the voting process will be displayed at Toyota’s Georgetown campus! Remaining barrels will later be auctioned off to benefit Bluegrass Greensource.

Artists considering participation should review the following:

  • Applications should be submitted to Bluegrass Greensource (BGGS) for consideration by May 31st, 2024.
  • BGGS will choose and notify selected artists by June 7th, 2024.
  • Assembled barrels will be available for pickup at Bluegrass Greensource’s office June 10th-21st.
  • Artists will receive a $50 stipend for supplies and directions on priming and sealing the barrel, as well as tips for how to best decorate the barrel. *Artists have the option to donate the funds back to BGGS.
  • Artwork does not need to have an environmental theme. However, please avoid topics of a political, religious or sexual nature. BGGS wants to ensure that this program inspires conversation relating to environmental attitudes and actions, not controversy.
  • All completed rain barrels must be functional and able to withstand weather. (Artists should not adhere anything such as paper, tiles, etc. to the barrels.)
  • Artists have until July 15th to complete artwork on the barrel and return them to Toyota or BGGS.
  • Support information, including title of the work, artist’s bio and a 30 word or less interpretation of the piece, is also due on July 15th. BGGS is happy to include artist contact information on our website when requested.
  • All artists are limited to one barrel.

Click here to submit your application today!

Contact Alli Johnson with questions: alli@bggreensource.org