Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a celebration of the memory of deceased ancestors, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The origins of the celebration can be traced back to the indigenous peoples of the Americas, such as the Aztec, Maya, Purepecha, Nahual and Totonac. Today, despite the morbid subject matter, the holiday is celebrated joyfully. On these dates, families clean and decorate graves, build shrines, and provide offerings and trinkets of flowers and loved ones, favorite foods. A common symbol of the holiday is the skull, which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas. In recent years, the vibrant colors, symbols and decorations associated with Día de los Muertos have become increasingly visible in popular art.
To celebrate this festival, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is sponsoring a postcard contest, with all entries to be displayed from September 19 November 12, 2006 in the Open Book Lobby Gallery.
The rules are simple:
1. Create a postcard using any media collage, painting, drawing, sewing, printmaking, photography, computer imagery or any other artistic method of communication.
2. The subject matter should reflect the traditions and art that are associated with Día de los Muertos. For more information, check out www.azcentral.com/ent/dead.
3. Postcards must be exactly 4 inches by 6 inches. Entries that do not meet this requirement will not be displayed.
4. Mail postcards to: Día de los Muertos, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, 1011 Washington Ave S Ste 100, Minneapolis, MN 55415
If the card has dimensional elements or a fragile surface, please enclose the card in an envelope to protect it during mailing.
5. Artists may submit more than one card.
6. Cards must be received by September 15, 2006.
Five winners will be chosen and their cards will be professionally reprinted. Each winner will receive 100 reproductions of their card. Sets of the winners’ cards will be available for sale in The Shop @ MCBA, with proceeds supporting future artist programming. All submitted cards will become the property of MCBA and will not be returned.
If you have additional questions, email Jeff Rathermel.