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The Mayor Tom Bradley Legacy Visual Art Competition (“Bradley Art Competition”) is being conducted as part of the Tom Bradley Centennial Year Project to honor the memory of Los Angeles’ longest serving (1973-1993) and first African American mayor who would have turned 100 in December 2017. Mayor Bradley’s historic leadership continues to have an unprecedented impact on the City of Los Angeles more than two decades after he completed five terms as mayor and more than 50 years in public service.

With the goal of exposing a new generation to the amazing story and inspiration of Mayor Bradley, the competition is designed to generate exciting student-produced artwork reflecting the Mayor’s legacy and the importance of civic engagement. Finalists’ art will be displayed at the historic Bullocks Wilshire landmark and possibly other civic and cultural venues in Los Angeles.
This free art competition is being coordinated by Southwestern Law School1 in collaboration with the Tom and Ethel Bradley Foundation and the LA Valley College Department of Art, as well as additional educational partners such as the CSUN Department of Art.

1 Mayor Bradley earned his law degree at Southwestern in 1956.
Art Theme  
“A Life of Purpose: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Mayor Tom Bradley”
Artwork should reflect one or more aspects of Mayor Tom Bradley’s contributions to the development of Los Angeles; his trailblazing legacy of perseverance, vision, coalition building, civility, innovation and inspiration; and the need for young people to follow Tom Bradley’s example by making civic engagement an important part of their lives. Artwork can also be based on the historic times and issues in Los Angeles during Mayor Bradley's tenure. 

For images and background on Mayor Bradley’s life and achievements visit:
     Documentary: Tom Bradley’s Impossible Dream
     Bradley Center Photos
     LA Public LIbrary Photos (enter "Mayor Tom Bradley" in Keywords Search field)

Each participant must be enrolled as a student between January 1, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in a high school, community college, college or university within the Greater Los Angeles area.
Art Submission Dates
Submissions Open: December 1, 2017
Submission Deadline: April 1, 2018 - Entries may be submitted until midnight PST.
Note: Participants are encouraged to register/complete the entry form as early as possible in order to receive information regarding competition updates and related news, additional resources, helpful hints from members of the judging panel, and possible additional award or recognition opportunities. REGISTER by clicking the link above.
Art may be uploaded any time up to the submission deadline.
Media and Technique Requirements
Artwork may be realistic or abstract. Any (or a combination) of the following media or techniques may be used: 
• Paint (watercolor, tempera, poster, oil, acrylic, etc.)
• Drawing materials (ink, pencil, charcoal, chalk/pastels, oil pastels, colored pencils, markers, etc.)
• Prints (etchings, lithographs, silkscreen prints, block prints, etc.)
• Collage, mixed media
• Original digital illustration
• Photography
• Sculpture (clay, wood, assemblage, papier mache, plastics, metal) 
Note: Materials that are extremely delicate or easily breakable, such as glass, are discouraged. No video/film submissions will be accepted for this competition.
Size and Weight Limitations
Artwork must:
• measure at least 5 inches in height and 5 inches in width
• measure no larger than 48 inches in height, 48 inches in width and 12 inches in depth
• weigh no more than 15 lbs.
Judging Criteria
The panel of judges will include prominent local artists, educators and civic leaders who will review entries based on the following criteria:
• Interpretation of the Theme
• Artistry/Technical Skill
• Originality
Awards and Recognition
The Bradley Art Competition will award the following cash prizes:
     First Place:      $300
     Second Place: $200
     Third Place:     $100
At the judges’ discretion, additional entries may earn Honorable Mention recognition.
All finalists will be notified by April 1, 2018. Up to 20 Finalist entries may be selected for possible display at Southwestern Law School’s historic Bullocks Wilshire landmark on Wilshire Boulevard and other venues. Directions will be provided for preparing and delivering winning artwork to Southwestern Law School or other local venues for public display beginning Spring 2018.
Finalists’ artwork that has been selected for display at the law school or other venues may be retained for a minimum of 12 months by those entities for pubic viewing. A deadline for retrieval of work by the individual artists will be established by each of the venues.

Intellectual Property
All artwork must be created entirely by the individual entrant and must be original in design, concept and execution. Any artwork that depicts copyrighted images or infringes on the intellectual property of another party will be disqualified. By participating in the competition, each entrant grants Southwestern Law School, competition partners, display venues and their affiliates non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of the artwork in their respective websites, print materials and displays, and grants permission to use his/her name, likeness, and artwork for publicity purposes without payment of additional consideration.

Questions about the Bradley Art Competition may be directed to: