Label Art Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works
2021 “The Overview Effect” Label Art Competition

Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring its 3rd Annual Label Art Competition. Proceeds from the contest will go to the Everhart Museum. Prizes will be given to the Judges’ Selection and People’s Choice winner(s).​

Official Rules
By entering, and as a condition of participating in this competition, you agree to be bound by these Official Rules, which are a contract, so READ THEM carefully before entering.

• Submissions Due: August 1, 2021 at 11PM
• $10 per entry, 4 entry limit per artist

• Space Time Mead & Cider Works is sponsoring a competition to design a wine bottle label.
• Theme is “The Overview Effect”.
• These will be two winners:
    • Judges Selection
        • Chosen by the contest’s sponsors
        • The Judges’ Selection winner will have their name and artwork featured on a special release of wine and will receive a cash award of $250.
    • People’s Choice Selection
        • After a juried assessment, selected finalists’ artwork submissions (~3 to 5) will be published for People’s Choice Award online voting.
        • Top vote recipient will be the People’s Choice winner
        • Winner will receive a cash award of $100.
• Winning artwork, frame, and copyright will become exclusive property of Space Time Mead & Cider Works.
• All proceeds from the contest will go to the Everhart Museum.

Time Line
• June 1, 2021 – August 1,2021 Competition submission
• Notification of Finalists: August 8, 2021
• Judges’ Selection judging: August 9 – 15 (private)
• People’s Choice Selection (online vote): August 9 – 15
• Winners Announcement August (time/place/format TBD)

What is the theme for the artwork?

The “Overview Effect” is a shift in perspective, attributed to astronauts “experiencing firsthand the reality of the Earth in space, which is immediately understood to be a tiny, fragile ball of life, “hanging in the void”, shielded and nourished by a paper-thin atmosphere. From space, national boundaries vanish, the conflicts that divide people become less important, and the need to create a planetary society with the united will to protect this “pale blue dot” becomes both obvious and imperative.” (source:

Maybe this type of shift in mindset is possible without leaving the planet, but from other impactful experiences that open our mind and remove boundaries that we believed and imposed. Experiences like recovering from a serious illness, accident, or other loss. Perhaps a profound alignment of priorities as a result of the pandemic or other transformative event in 2020?

We encourage you to to showcase your style. We do not encourage taking our existing labels and doing simple modifications (i.e., photoshop effects). However, understanding our branding elements and using them in a new and unique way aligned to the theme is allowed. ​

Who May Enter:
All entrants must be 21 as of August 1, 2021. The contest is only open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, unless restricted by law. Individual entries only, no group entries allowed.

Is there a fee to enter? How do I enter?
Yes, there is a nominal $10 per entry fee. Entrance fees are nonrefundable. An email will be sent out with payment information. All entries must be paid for by the deadline of August 1, 2021. Artist will submit digital images of their artwork, up to 4 per person via the contest entry form (

What can I win?
Besides bragging rights, Judges Selection: $250 and bottles of labeled wine. People’s Choice Award $100.

What type of artwork is allowed? What elements are required?
• New, original and unique piece that has not received an award nor formal public recognition for artistic achievement.
• Two-dimensional form of visual art, which may include, but not limited to, paint on canvas, graphic illustrations, watercolor, charcoal, ink or pencil.
• Artwork in the form of photography and art in three-dimensional form will NOT be accepted.

Take special notice that the label space for art will be 3”x3″ or 3″x4″. The submitted artwork does not need to be those dimensions, but it will (likely) be reduced to 3”x3” 3″x4″ to fit on a 3″Hx4″W or 3″Hx5″W label. Our “Buy Wine” page of our web site has good examples of labels we use and how we would likely utilize your art.

Artist’s signature should not show on artwork nor should the text for the wine type or other standard wine label elements (i.e. alc/vol, Gov’t warning). Planning for those elements is allowed but not required and those elements usually take 0.5″-1″ of the label. Acknowledgement to artist as the competition winner will be shown on the label, and any required product label information will be added by our designer.

Please Note – the word “art” in label art competition takes priority, so relax on the technical sizing and typical wine product labeling requirements. We will get the art concept onto the winning label that meets state and Fed requirements while keeping in the spirt of the artist’s creation.

In general, all submissions should be tasteful, CANNOT depict any children, brands, or copyrights, faces of real people, weaponry, words, flags, military or governmental insignia. and must be the complete intellectual property of the entrant. Note, you may include the words “The Overview Effect” in your design, but not required.

Submissions should be JPG, or JPEG format at 300dpi. The initial digital submission must provide a clear indication of the final artwork. No significant changes may be made to artwork following submission. Any unapproved or significantly altered artwork will be disqualified.

How is winner selected?
The sponsors will select 3-5 finalists from the entries based on: (1) alignment to theme, (2) appropriateness of materials, (3) appropriateness for use as a label, (4) workmanship, (5) overall impression. Should the submitted entries not meet a threshold of quality against the criteria, and/or there is less than 5 entries, the judges may choose not to award any prizes. and all entry fee would be refunded.

A check for the prize money will be sent to the winners within two weeks of the award announcements.

What Else should I know?
The winning art and the rights to the art will become property of Space Time Mead & Cider Works, Inc at the end of the contest period.

All taxes (federal, state and local) and other expenses not specified in these Official Rules as being provided as part of the prize are the sole responsibility of the winner.

Prior Winners and Charities Supported​
• 2020 Kyle Kuczma – Perseverance – Geisinger Covid19 Fund
• 2019 Olivia Dalbo – Creature Feature – AFA Gallery