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Oxford’s annual Double Decker art competition now taking submissions

Though the Double Decker Arts Festival isn’t until this spring, planning has already begun for the two-day event which is celebrating 23 years on April 27 and 28, 2018. This includes the return of a competition for local artists to submit work in hopes of being crowned the “official artwork” of the festival.

Lee Ann Stubbs, the Double Decker Festival Coordinator with Visit Oxford, says that the idea for the competition came from a desire to keep the “official artwork” local.

“We wanted to do something fun for our local Oxford residents and give them the opportunity to apply because the festival is so unique and special to our town,” she said.

She also added that the judges will be looking for something new this year, but that applicants must include the bus in their designs as it’s a “crowd pleaser.” The winning design will be printed on festival t-shirts and on the official poster for the event.

Stubbs notes that submitted designs should be as close to finished as possible. The selected artwork will also be reworked for the poster layout which will include the music lineup and festival sponsors.

Artists who are interested can apply via an application on the festival’s website, www.doubledeckerfestival.com, or the festival’s Facebook page. Only residents of Lafayette County will be considered.

A winner will be announced no later than Dec. 1. The festival will be holding a public press conference to unveil the artwork in early 2018. A free art vendor booth will be given to the winner the day of the festival.