Art Contest 2023

​​​​​​​​​ ciLive! Brew Label Contest

About ciLive! and the Contest

Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus' annual ciLive! (Celebrate! Innovation Live) is a local-facing conference with world-class presenters, making it a unique combination of a university lecture series, Ted Talks, and SXSW. Unlike other large conferences, each talk is followed by a speaker meet-and-greet where attendees can converse with the speakers and collect signatures

ciLive! has partnered with Court Avenue Brewing Co. to create ciLive! themed labels to help promote and bluster the message and mission of ciLive!.

First place: $500

Second place: $300

Third place: $100


Contest Guidelines 

Who can enter?
The contest for the Root Beer Label is open to any interested person 20 or older (parents' consent is needed for those under 18), and for the Beer Label open to anyone 21 or older. Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, and how well the submission addresses this year's contest theme.

What should my artwork include?
Your artwork should focus on ciLive!'s 2023 theme “Be Your Own Super Hero".  All artists are encouraged to use their own creative imaginations; however to not be excluded from the contest, the work must be deemed as appropriate and free of discriminatory aspects and explicit language. 

The artwork can be in the form of a photograph (black & white or color), a painting, a drawing, or a sketch. All artwork must be 2D and flat.  (Hand-created art must be 8 ½" x 11"). It can be mailed or emailed. (See sizing requirements below.) 

Click this link for the artwork template: ciLive! Contest Template​. 

How large should the artwork be?
All mailed artwork must be 8.5"x11".

A Vector-Based Art (i.e. Adobe Illustrator) is preferred for a digital submission. If completed in Bitmap (i.e. Photoshop) saved as a JPEG, the file cannot be any smaller than 7200 x 4275 pixels and no larger than 25MB. 

What do I need to submit?
A valid submission will contain the following information:

  1. ​An original copy of the artwork. Each piece must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest. Make sure to include a sentence or two on your submission form describing your artwork.
  2. A copy of the artist's photo ID. Any photo ID is acceptable. This is merely needed to verify your identity and age.
  3. Your personal information cannot be in printed on the front of the artwork. It can be printed either on the back or on a separate sheet attached to your artwork:
    1. ​​​First and last name:
    2. Mailing address:
    3. Phone number:
    4. E-mail address:

How should I submit my artwork and entry form?​

Artwork must be sent by mail or emailed along with the ​e​ntr​y form (which includes your contact information) and copy of your photo ID.  If mailed, the artwork must come in its original form at 8.5 x 11 inches.  If emailed it must come in a Vector-Based Image file (preferred) or Bitmap as a  JPEG (see sizing requirements).

Important: You must have a signed and completed entry form (if under 18, a parent or guardian must sign) to enter. 

All mailed entry forms must be sent to:

ciLive! & Court Ave Brewing Art Contest - 2023
Jennifer Julich
DMACC – West Campus
5959 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266​

Entries can also be submitted electronically ​to

If you have any proble​ms or questions regarding the art contest, please conta​ct DMACC West Campus contest support staff at 

When is the deadline?
All emailed submissions must be received by mail by 11:59 p.m. CST, Sunday, February 19, 2023, and all mailed submissions must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 15, 2023.

How will the artwork be judged?
To prevent any bias, all the artist will remain anonymous with the artwork judged by a panel of five blind ciLive! judges on originality, creativity, quality and, most importantly, relevance to the 2023 ciLive! theme. Six top entries for each label (beer and root beer), totaling 12 entries, will be selected including 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place for each label (beer and root beer).

The winner's artwork will appear on the ciLive! website and the six finalist for each label (beer and root beer) are expected to attend the unveiling and award ceremony at DMACC West Des Moines Campus on Wednesday,​ March 8,​ 2023 at 12:00 p.m.​

2021 Contest Winners​

​​​​ Cr​aft Beer Label Design Winners:

1st Place – Maria DeAngelis
Beer Label 1st place winner

2nd Place – Clint Hansen
Beer Label 2nd place winner

3rd Place – Stacie Behrens
Beer Label 3rd place winner

Root Beer Label Design Winners:

1st Place – Lena Whitmer
Root Beer Label 1st place winner

2nd Place – Katelyn Burns
Root Beer Label 2nd place winner

3rd Place – Andrew Wolff
Root Beer Label 3rd place winner

2020 Contest Winners

Craft Beer Category

Kyle Salyan of Olmsted Falls, OH poses with his 1st place winning design in the craft beer category

Root Beer Category

Hailey Frost of Norwalk, IA poses with her 1st place winning design in the root beer category

Top Winners in Each Category

Pictured (left to right):

  • Stephanie Joy, Ames (3rd place, craft beer category)
  • Kristine Do, Des Moines (2nd place, craft beer category)
  • Kyle Salyan, Olmsted Falls, Ohio (1st place, craft beer category)
  • Hailey Frost, Norwalk (1st place, root beer category)
  • Mattea Millburn, Des Moines (2nd place, root beer category)
  • Joseph Busch, Des Moines (3rd place, root beer category).


​By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees to allow the DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. to use his or her name to post o​n the ciLive! Web site, without compensation unless prohibited. All entries and all rights of ownership in and to the entries, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. and will not be returned. DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. reserve the right to edit, modify, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation. DMACC, Court Avenue Brewing Co., and their agents and contractors, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.