Breckenridge Music Festival calls on local, regional artists |

Breckenridge Music Festival calls on local, regional artists

The 2016 poster competition winner was an oil painting, “On a Reflective Note,” by Cecelia Eidemiller. Residing in Breckenridge since 2002, Cecelia has been a professional portrait artist for over 30 years who has completed more than 40,000 portraits that hang in homes all over the world.
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Contest details

The organization is calling for local and regional artists to submit works to be judged by a committee of board, staff and community members. The winning artwork will appear on a poster and other festival merchandise and will be exhibited at select 2017 Summer Festival performances in July and August at the Riverwalk Center before being auctioned off at a fundraising gala July 28.

The winner will receive $500, two season passes to Festival Orchestra concerts for the 2017 summer season, a featured bio in the program and on the website and a complimentary copy of the poster.

The deadline to submit is 5 p.m. April 10. Work must be delivered with the submission form to the Breckenridge Music Festival office, 217 S. Ridge St. Alley, in Breckenridge during office hours Monday-Friday.

All submissions will be displayed at Old Masonic Hall on Main Street in Breckenridge May 12–22. For more information, go to or call 970-453-9142.

The Breckenridge Music Festival is hoping a regional or local artist hears these eight words — music, dance, timeless, imaginative, mountains, adventure, fresh and Breckenridge — and expresses them in a way that breathes new life into the festival’s annual poster contest.

Calling it a “Call to Artists,” Breckenridge Music Festival officials say that to “reinvigorate” the poster competition rooted in almost 40 years of collaboration with regional visual artists and artworks highlighting Breck’s unique environmental and historic aesthetics, they’re looking for new ink — or maybe not necessarily ink.

In previous years, the competition has primarily accepted water color and oil painting, but this year they’re seeking a broader range of mediums — which could include screen printing, photography, digital printing, lithography, mixed media, pen and ink and painting.

“We hope to receive artworks that can capture the energetic spirit of the festival,” said Tamara Nuzzaci Park, executive director, in a news release highlighting the reinvented contest.

“We value the history of the Bach, Beethoven and Breckenridge poster competition and look to that for directional guidance,” Park said. “However, this year we seek artwork that reflects the music festival experience and is representative of the BMF brand.”

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The 2017 festival will feature live music set to film, contemporary dance and theatrical productions with concerts — from jazz and bluegrass to orchestra performances and intimate chamber ensembles playing in private Summit County homes.

“The inspiration behind the season is drawn from the natural relationship between music and dance,” Park said. “We not only will have two contemporary dance companies join the chamber orchestra at the Riverwalk Center, but also explore compositions from across cultures and centuries that are inspired by human movement and rhythm.”

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