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Let’s Face It

Artists, designers, and creatives of all types and ages have been passionately responding to the current need to cover our faces. MCD is launching Let’s Face It, an international craft and design mask-making competition and community gallery. From the practical to the avant-garde, we are curious to see what you are creating and share it with the world.

The deadline to enter has passed. View winners and all participating entries here.

Juried by Marcel Wilson, the Founder and Design Director of Bionic, and JoAnn Edwards, the Museum of Craft and Design’s Co-founder and Executive Director, the winning design will receive $500, the runner-up will receive $250 and third place will receive $100. Additional non-monetary awards will be given for Best in Show, Best Student Design, and Most Unique Design.

All ages are welcome to enter and participation is free. Participants under 18 years old will be entered into the Let’s Face It: Young Designers Competition and one winning design from this category will win an MCD MakeArt Gift Basket filled with creative art-making supplies and books!

All entries will be displayed on the Museum of Craft and Design’s website in a community gallery beginning Friday, June 12, 2020. Additionally, for each design entered, the Museum of Craft and Design will donate a new mask to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank.

HOW TO APPLY

Let’s Face It is a nationwide craft and design competition. The open call to local and national artists in the United States, designers, and creatives is open through May 31, 2020 (11:59 PM), and it is free to apply.. Participants under 18 must select the Let’s Face It: Young Designers Competition option when applying. To enter complete the online application form

IMAGE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS*:
Two photos of the design are required for entry. 

  1. One photo must be of the mask (one mask only) on a solid background with nothing else in the image frame. 
  2. The second photo must be of you wearing the mask (as part of a cohesive community gallery of all Let’s Face It participating artists).

*Submitted photo files should be high resolution (accepted file types include .jpeg or .png at 300dpi). Please take into consideration the orientation of your layout as all photos will be displayed in a square format on MCD’s “Let’s Face It” community gallery.
If your images do not meet the above guidelines, the entry will not be considered for the winning prices or included in the community gallery. 

ELIGIBLE MEDIA AND ENTRIES

The mask must be designed and made by you or your firm or business. One entry allowed per person. Participants under 18 years old will be entered into the Let’s Face It: Young Designers Competition and must select that they are under 18 on the application. From the practical to the avant-garde, all masks or personal protective equipment covering the face are eligible to apply. This competition is 100% virtual, please do not submit or mail physical masks to the museum. 

 

CASH PRIZES

Jurors will select three winning designs. First place will receive $500, the runner-up will receive $250, and third place will receive $100. Additional non-monetary awards will be given for Best in ShowBest Student Design, and Most Unique Design. Must be 18 years or older to win cash prizes.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY USAGE

MCD reserves the right to use photographs or digital images of submitted photos for the purpose of publicity and in the community gallery.

 

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES

SUN, MAY 31: Entry deadline (11:59 PM)
FRI, JUN 12: Winners announced, community gallery goes live

 

ABOUT THE JURORS

Marcel Wilson is the Founder and Design Director of Bionic in San Francisco. He is also the Founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and designed the Museum of Craft and Design’s innovative Parklet, considered the benchmark of all parklets in San Francisco. Under Marcel’s leadership, Bionic has been distinguished by numerous publications including Fast Company, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Dwell, SF Chronicle, and the Harvard Design Magazine. The firm has been awarded numerous awards for its built and theoretical work by the Boston, Chicago, and California AIA, and The American Society of Landscape Architects and Bionic was nominated for the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award.

JoAnn Edwards has overseen the Museum of Craft and Design’s vision and growth since its opening in 2003 to its relocation in 2013 to San Francisco’s historic Dogpatch district. Through the development of highly acclaimed and innovative exhibitions and educational programs, the MCD has grown under Edwards’ leadership into an internationally recognized cultural institution. Edwards is a staunch advocate for artists, as well as an expert in the contemporary craft movement. Edwards frequently acts as a panelist at national conferences relating to contemporary craft, as well as a juror for such institutions as the American Craft Council, International Contemporary Furniture Fair, and CCA. In 2015, Edwards was an international juror for the Dutch Design Awards.

For additional questions please contact Caroline Holley at cholley@sfmcd.org.

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