Art Poster Contest

Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest


Artists around the country are invited to submit their original artwork for the chance to win cash prizes in the annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest. The First Place winning entry is reproduced as a high-quality, limited-edition poster and sold at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.

Prizes will be awarded to the First, Second, and Third Place winners: $500 for First Place, $250 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place. In addition, the First Place winner shall receive ten posters and one of each souvenir item produced with his or her artwork. Up to 10 non-winning entries, excluding the First Place winner, will be entered into the Association's Choice Contest. The entry with the most votes in this contest will win $200.

The application window for 2019 Arts Poster Contest has closed. We encourage you to revisit this page in January 2020 to apply for next year's Garlic Festival. Thank you!


The annual Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest welcomes submissions from across the country, but this year’s first-prize winner and other top place finishers are all hometown artists who hail from the Garlic Capital of the World.

The winning poster was created by Gilroy artist Chris Dufur. As First Place winner, Dufur receives a $500 prize, and prints of his winning design will be available for sale during the 40th Annual Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 27, 28 and 29, 2018.

Winning artist Chris Dufur said, “This was the first art contest I’ve entered—so it feels pretty good to win! I have a passion for art and enjoy having my work out there for people to see.” Dufur submitted three different entries in different styles; his winning poster was done in traditional watercolor paint and features a metal tub of fresh-picked garlic bulbs in a field against a backdrop of rolling green hills and trees. Dufur says he was inspired by his teacher and mentor Scott Lance (who won in 2009), his twin brother (who is also an artist), and friends and family who encouraged him to enter the contest.

The Art Poster Contest committee received 33 entries from all over the country, including artists in Florida, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Texas. Ruth Ann Irving of Gilroy won second place and a $250 prize. Third place and a $100 prize went to Deborah Walker Schwarz, also from Gilroy. And Gilroy’s own JoAnne Perez Robinson won $200 for the “Association’s Choice” prize, voted on by volunteer members of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association.