New 'Welcome to Potsdam' signs to be designed in artists' contest
Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 11:40 am

POTSDAM -- Local artists are being asked to compete to design a new "Welcome to Potsdam" sign.

The Potsdam Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to artists for its “Design the Sign” contest.

The chamber is looking for designs for the new “Welcome to Potsdam” signs that are currently located on five of the major roads that enter into Potsdam.

The chamber’s “Town & Gown/Community Relations” committee is working on the support structure aspect of the signs, but wants to open the sign design aspect of the project to both professional and amateur designers.

“We hope to receive some very creative designs that reflect an overall image of Potsdam,” said Marylee Ballou, Potsdam Chamber of Commerce's executive director.

Entries to the contest must fit the following submission guidelines: be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, be four colors or less, must include the words “Welcome to Potsdam,” and may or may not include space for a motto.

It is important to remember that the design will need to be enlarged at least to the size of the current signs, which is four foot by eight foot. The contest is open to both professional and amateur designers.

Designs must be submitted by June 20. The committee will narrow down submissions to a top three. The final three designs will be displayed at the chamber office during Potsdam Summer Festival, July 11-13, for public review and comment.

If a final design is chosen, the designer will receive $100 in Potsdam chamber gift certificates, be given credit as the sign designer, and be invited to participate in a sign unveiling ceremony.

For additional information about the contest, contact the Potsdam Chamber of Commerce at 315-274-9000 or [email protected]