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City of Beckley seeks entries for new Logo Contest

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If you're looking for something to do while you're snowed in, take your best shot at designing a new city logo for Beckley.

The City of Beckley is teaming up with the Beckley Art Group to have a logo design contest to select a new City logo. The goal of the competition is to encourage artists to design a new logo that may reflect the past, but also represent the present and future vision as well as the spirit of the City of Beckley. The contest is open to all artists and designers. The Beckley Art Group announced and shared contest details during its new exhibit reception on Friday, February 13 at the Cynthia Bickey Art Gallery on Johnstown Road.

According to city officials, the current city logo/seal has been used for many years and is in need of an update. The logo is used in a variety of applications including on the city seal, stationery, business cards, uniforms, shirts, signs, flags, and websites. The city will take a gradual approach to replacing logos to keep costs low. The logo can be changed quickly to the new design for electronic uses, but it will be changed out on other items as they need to be replaced.

The design should be adaptable for black-and-white uses and should be scalable (look good small or large). Any combination of colors may be included in the design, but because of reproduction considerations, it is suggested that designs be limited to three or fewer colors. Designs should be adaptable to go inside of a circular seal. Logo design submissions should be no larger than 8½ by 11 inches. Original designs can be submitted in any medium as long as it lends itself to be easily reproduced.

Entries in logo contest must be submitted by March 21, 2015, to the Mayor's Office, City of Beckley, PO Box 2514, or delivered to 409 S. Kanawha Street, Beckley, WV 25802. Public voting on the designs will take place at the Cynthia Bickey Gallery over a two-week period from March 28 to April 11 (The gallery is open Wednesday thru Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm, plus during an evening reception on March 28, 2015). Only one vote per person per day will be allowed at the gallery. The Top 5 Designs will be forwarded to the City's Logo Selection Committee. The winning design will be announced at the City Council meeting on April 14, 2015.

Prizes for the winning design include $500 from the City of Beckley, a complimentary shirt with the logo design, four tickets to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine & Youth Museum plus a pound of fudge, two passes to Theatre WV dramas, and recognition in press releases and publicity. Since the Peoples Choice winner may not necessarily be the Committee's Choice, prizes to the top vote-getter will include a $100 gift certificate to attend an art workshop of choice hosted by the Beckley Art Group, two passes to the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine / Youth Museum, and two passes to Theatre WV dramas.

In addition to the logo contest, the Beckley Art Group plans to work with the City on other projects this year, such as public art and events. Supporting a “creative communities” approach, this collaboration can assist with City beautification and development. ###

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