Hannah Lentz

Headline: Art2Park design contest 

Hannah Lentz

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Last winter semester, Grand Valley State University students submitted 27 designs for the annual Art2Park contest held by the Grand Valley Police Department and Public Safety Services.

This event is a voting-based competition with voting open to all GVSU students who are currently enrolled in at least one credit in the winter 2015 semester. Faculty and staff members with an active email account through the university are also able to vote in the contest. People may vote on up to three entries they like best between March 16 at 8 a.m. and March 19 at 11:59 p.m. 

“It’s a popular voting contest that runs along the same lines as ArtPrize,” said Lisa Garringer of Public Safety Services. “People go in and they vote for their favorite and then we narrow it down to the top 10 from there.”

The artist of the winning design will be featured on the 2015-2016 GVSU permit. The winner will receive their annual 2015-2016 parking permit at no cost to them. The 2014-2015 permit value is $360.

In addition to Garringer, the event is headed by Art2Park intern Paige Melick. Melick is in charge of advertising for the event and sorting through all the designs that were submitted by the Feb. 16 deadline.

“I send submitted ideas off to all the needed committees to be checked for logos and other design elements as well as focus on the communication, production and organizational elements,” Melick said.

This process of design confirmation prevents logo infringement through the university as the voting process continues.

“After designs are submitted and they go through institutional marketing and athletics for logo checks, we give everyone a chance to tweak their designs and fix any problems that may be present, giving them the opportunity to go change that,” Garringer said.

The first round of voting goes through the top three designs to make the top 10, and the second round of voting is where students vote for their favorite and the winner is selected from that.

Top 10 voting begins March 16 at 8 a.m. and ends March 19 at 11:59 p.m. Voting for the winner from the Top 10 begins March 23 at 8 a.m. and ends March 27 at 11:59 p.m.

From the Top 10 voting, GVSU community members will be allowed only one vote during this time.

The Top 10 and winner will be announced on the GVSU Police Department parking website, Facebook page and in university publications.

Any questions or comments can be directed at Art2Park Intern Paige Melick at [email protected] or Lisa Garringer at [email protected].