ART WORKS: A Poster Contest to Support American Jobs

Call for Submissions:
The Obama campaign is seeking poster submissions from artists and designers across the country to convey why we support President Obama's plan to create jobs now, and why we'll re-elect him to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years. You can make your poster about that broad theme, or focus on a specific aspect: why we've got to rebuild and modernize our roads and bridges, help veterans find work once they've returned home from service, support the small businesses that are the engine of our economy, make sure teachers can stay in their classrooms, and so on.

The posters should include the words from one of the suggested slogans below or visually interpret the concepts they represent.

The campaign will choose 12 finalists once the submission period closes on November 6, 2011, then put the finalists to a vote.

Finalists will be chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Adherence to stated theme: Why you support President Obama's plan to create jobs now and his re-election campaign to continue fighting for jobs for the next four years.
  • Appropriateness of tone: Conveying determination and strength
  • Creativity and aesthetics
  • Quality of workmanship

Three winners will get a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama and a limited edition of their poster will be sold in the campaign store with proceeds benefiting the campaign.

  • Deadline: November 6, 2011 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Submissions after November 6, 2011 will not be eligible.
  • Poster designs should be 16” x 20”.
  • Posters may be graphic, typographic, illustrated, collaged, or include photography taken by the designer.
  • Posters must include the following URL: www.barackobama.com/jobsplan
  • Posters can be produced by litho, digital, or silk-screen print.
  • Posters must be viable for reproduction by digital printing.
  • You hereby represent and warrant that all equipment, materials, and facilities used to produce your poster are owned by you and were not provided by a corporation, labor union, foreign national, or federal contractor. Any disposable materials purchased specifically to produce the poster will be treated as in-kind contributions to Obama for America.
  • Each person may submit no more than five submissions.
  • When you've finished your design, please upload a PDF or JPEG of finished poster for the site on barackobama.com/artworks. (At least 380px x 480px, please.) Upload size cannot exceed 10 MB. Please also include the title of your poster, your name as you'd like it to appear, and a short paragraph about your poster.

Suggested slogans

  • Fighting for jobs
  • Get America back to work
  • Rebuilding America
  • Made in the USA
  • More jobs for veterans
  • Hire America's veterans
  • Support small businesses
  • Every child deserves a great school
  • More jobs for teachers
  • Put teachers back in the classroom where they belong
  • Tax cuts for the middle class
  • Support the middle class
  • Ask millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share
  • We believe in the American dream
  • Out-build, out-educate, out-innovate


No purchase, payment, or contribution necessary to enter. Contributing will not improve chances of winning. Void where prohibited. Entries must be received by 11/6/11. You may enter by submitting a poster according to the Official Rules and instructions found here. Three winners will receive a framed edition of their poster signed by Barack Obama and a limited edition of the poster distributed by Sponsor (approximate retail value $195). Promotion open only to U.S. citizens, or lawful permanent U.S. residents who are legal residents of 50 United States, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and 18 or older (or of majority under applicable law). Promotion subject to Official Rules and additional restrictions on eligibility. Sponsor: Obama for America, 130 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601.