Open call to artists: design contest for The Citadel's 175th anniversary celebration

The Citadel is issuing an open call to all artists for designs to be considered as the image that will commemorate the military college’s upcoming 175th anniversary. The milestone anniversary will be celebrated during the 2017-18 academic year. The winning design, which will be announced at the first home football game on Sept. 2, 2017, will grace t-shirts, banners, posters, and The Citadel magazine. The winning artist will receive $1,000 (subject to tax).

There is expansive information about the history of The Citadel available on On December 20, 1842, the South Carolina state legislature passed an act to establish The Citadel. Three months later—March 20, 1843—the first 20 cadets reported to original Citadel campus on Marion Square, marking the beginning of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

Entries are being accepted now through April 2, 2017. Artists are encouraged to consider exciting, yet classic, designs. Submission requirements for The Citadel 175 Design Contest are as follows:

  • All designs must be vertical in orientation
  • All media is acceptable
  • Entries must be submitted in one of three ways: as a high-resolution digital image, a stretched canvas, or bound foam core. Digital submissions should be emailed to
  • A signed consent waiver must be submitted via hard mail. If submitting the design digitally, a printed copy of the artwork should be included with the waiver for identification purposes). The mailing address is: The Citadel Office of Marketing and Communications, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC, 29409

For complete contest details, including a printable copy of the waiver, click here. The winning artist will be notified by August 1, 2017, and will be invited to the Sept. 2, 2017, football game against Newberry College in Johnson Hagood Stadium where the unveiling will take place.

Artists whose designs are not selected will be notified by email in September and will have two weeks from notification to arrange for the return of the art work at their expense. Digital submissions, or high resolution photos of a non-digital piece, are highly encouraged.