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CMU student could win $1,000 scholarship through the Spirit of Rowdy Sticker Collection competition

The spirit of creativity is alive at Colorado Mesa University as the Department of Art and Design, in collaboration with the Marketing and Communications Office and the Mascot Program, proudly present the Spirit of Rowdy Sticker Collection competition. This new initiative offers CMU students a dynamic platform to express their Maverick pride through art and design as well as a chance to earn scholarship dollars and other prizes.

The Spirit of Rowdy Sticker Collection embodies the essence of being a Maverick. Students are invited to submit their original sticker designs, encapsulating what it truly means to be part of the Mavily. Two winning designs will be selected this year. One will be chosen by a jury and the other will be awarded through a people's choice vote. Both designs will be transformed into vibrant, durable vinyl stickers.

The competition celebrate artistic expression and contributes to the Rowdy Performers Scholarship Fund. This scholarship recognizes the dedication and hard work of the CMU mascot team in bringing Rowdy to life. Funds raised from sticker sales directly support this cause.

Submission Details

  • The competition is open to all current CMU students, regardless of program. Each participant can submit a single entry to the sticker competition, providing a unique opportunity to showcase their artistic prowess and Maverick spirit.
  • Artists can submit their designs until midnight on November 15, 2023.
  • Submissions should feature Rowdy engaged in an activity or embodying a particular aspect of the Maverick character that resonates with the artist. Designs can be individual or part of a series with common elements to tie them together.
  • Artwork should be high-quality, press-ready digital files and the design's total area must be between 2 and 15 square inches. Submissions should also include a brief abstract explaining the design's inspiration and its connection to the question, "What does being a Maverick mean to you?" 
  • The jury, which includes members from the local Grand Junction art community and CMU's Department of Art and Design faculty, will meet on December 5, 2023, to select the winning sticker design.
  • The winning design will be unveiled at the Rowdy Mascot Program's annual pop-up store fundraiser on December 6, 2023, at the University Center's first-floor lobby.

Award Details

Jury Selection Award: The winning design will be installed as the 2023 addition to the Spirit of Rowdy Sticker Collection. The artist will receive a $1,000 Spirit of Rowdy Scholarship, a free two-day pass to the 2024 Initiate Conference ($399 value), and a set of 150 Prismacolor Premier Soft Core Colored Pencils, along with 50 printed stickers of their submission.

People's Choice Award: The design with the most votes from attendees during the exhibition will receive this award. The artist will be granted an $800 Spirit of Rowdy Scholarship, a free two-day pass to the 2024 Initiate Conference ($399 value) and 50 printed stickers of their submission.

Mark your calendars for December 6, 2023, when all submissions will be displayed during the Spirit of Rowdy Art Show in the University Center's first-floor lobby. It's a day to celebrate courage, creativity, individuality and the Maverick spirit.

For more information or to submit artwork, visit the Spirit of Rowdy website.


Written by Giff Walters