ARTCRANK is a show of bicycle-inspired poster artwork that introduces people to talented local artists and sends them home with affordable, original works of art. We use creativity to change the way people look at and think about bicycles, and grow the cycling community.
Since its 2007 debut in Minneapolis, ARTCRANK has expanded to bike-friendly cities in the US and UK, including Portland, San Francisco, St. Louis, Denver and London. In 2011, ARTCRANK was a featured exhibitor at Interbike in Las Vegas, where we debuted our bike design collaboration with Trek. For 2012, we’re adding shows in Austin, Los Angeles and New York.
Posters by ARTCRANK artists have been featured in the Creative Arts Design Annual for four years running, and regularly appear in regional and national design competitions.
In May 2012, we will hold our fourth show in St. Louis at Atomic Cowboy as part of the Tour de Grove bicycle racing series. ARTCRANK has become an anchor event at the TDG over the past two years, with thousands of people coming to see original, bike-inspired art by local artists and take home their favorite posters.
Every year, we seek out a roster of 30 talented graphic designers and artists in the St. Louis area to create posters for the show. That process begins with our Call For Entries.
Call for Entries:
- Interested artists should submit 3 digital samples (URL, PDF, JPG) of previous work that gives a sense of their style and technique
- ARTCRANK will choose a final group of 30 participating artists for the show
- We plan to announce the final artist list in late March to give participating artists as much time as possible to work on their posters
- Please submit samples to ARTCRANK Director and Curator Charles Youel at firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, March 17
During the event we’ll be selling ARTCRANK pint glasses and offering special deals on craft beers by Widmer Brothers Brewing, with proceeds going to benefit St. Louis BicycleWORKS — a nonprofit organization that helps inner-city earn free bikes and teaches them basic maintenance skills.