The Umpqua Valley Arts Association is inviting the community to enter a poster design for the 2020 Summer Arts Festival. This year’s theme is STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math).

The purpose of the contest is to design a poster promoting the 52nd Annual Summer Arts Festival. Poster designs must be original artwork that the applicant thinks best exemplifies the 2020 Summer Arts Festival theme “STEAM into the Future: Exploring the convergence of human invention, society, culture and the natural world.”

The contest is open to all 2D media. Entrants may use photography, drawing, printmaking, painting, etc. to creatively interpret the above theme through use of media and/or concept. Submissions must be in JPG format.

The deadline for all entries is on Friday, March 19. There is no fee to enter. Submit artwork at

UVAA is also putting out an open call for artists to submit work for the upcoming “Intersections” exhibit. This juried exhibit explores the convergence of human invention, society, culture and the natural world.

The exhibit will take a visual look at the good and bad of technology. According to the press release, areas for consideration include “futurism, social media, computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, biotechnology, medicine, space exploration, energy, the environment, and the practice and process of art making itself.”

This exhibit is open to all media, including photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed-media, audio and video. Application fee is $10 for UVA members or $20 for nonmembers. Find out more and apply at

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review, mother of two and a native of Roseburg. She is an alumni of RHS, UCC and Western Oregon University. Contact her at or 541-957-4218.

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