Inspired by Jean Seberg

Annual festival seeks pieces for art competition

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The Seventh Annual Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts will be held Nov. 3-5, at the IVCCD Orpheum Theater. New this year will be the inclusion of a “People’s Choice Art Competition” open to artists from all over the world. The deadline for submitting artwork is October 2. Pictured is artwork from last year’s festival.

The Seventh Annual Jean Seberg Festival of the Arts will be held Nov. 3-5, at the IVCCD Orpheum Theater, located at 220 E. Main St., as a way of paying tribute to the late screen actress. New this year will be the inclusion of a “People’s Choice Art Competition.”

“We have featured artists before, but this is the first year the public gets to vote for the winner, instead of our committee deciding. We will also have a cash prize of $150,” said coordinator Nancy Adams.

The premise of the art competition is to allow members of the public — located anywhere in the world — to submit up to three pieces of artwork, inspired in some way by Seberg and her legacy.

“It can be two-dimensional and three-dimensional art; paintings, fiber, ceramic, pottery, photography, anything people want to make,” Adams added. “The artwork doesn’t necessarily have to depict Seberg’s image; it’s artwork that was created due to her influence and inspiration.”

The art will go on display the opening night of the festival, Friday, Nov. 3, inside the Orpheum Theater. Attendees will cast their ballots for their favorite piece. In addition, they are also asked to write down why a particular work is most deserving of the honor.

“I think artists appreciate feedback from their audience,” Adams said.

Artists may drop off their artwork to the Orpheum Theater, or send it by mail. The deadline for receiving submissions is Monday, Oct. 2.

“We want to have enough time to label the pieces and get the display ready. What we need artists to do is make sure they submit the artwork framed and ready to hang, or with a base to display it on, and to make sure it is properly dry and finished, etc.,” Adams explained.

Artists are also asked to add an “artist statement” along with their submissions, as these explanations will be displayed alongside the artwork so viewers can get a better understanding of the thought process behind the creation. Artists also need to provide their contact information and title of the artwork.

Last year, the festival received about 20 pieces of artwork from all over the country, and as far away as France and the United Kingdom. The winning artist will be announced the final day of the festival, on Sunday Nov. 5. He or she need not be present to win. Voting will be cut off Saturday night, Nov. 4, after that day’s portion of the festivities comes to an end.

The exhibit will remain on display through the end of November. Artists are allowed to offer the artwork for sale, and need to specify this and include the price. Artists must arrange to have the artwork returned to them by the week of Dec. 4.

To arrange delivery and pick up of the artwork, contact Orpheum Theater Director Bob Untiedt at: 641-844-5920 or

For general questions about the art competition, Adams may be reached at:


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or