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.

We encourage you to revisit this page in January 2020 to apply for next year's contest. Thank you!


Artist Chloe Crossman’s heart-warming poster was awarded First Place in the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival Art Poster Contest. As First Place winner, Crossman receives a $500 prize, and prints of her winning design will be available for sale during the Gilroy Garlic Festival, July 26, 27 and 28, 2019.

Crossman grew up in Berkeley and Oakland and recently moved to Gardena in Southern California, where she works at Warby Parker. She says she has been making art—and loving garlic—for as long as she can remember. In her watercolor poster, she wanted to create something fun and fresh that focused on the beauty of garlic flowers and also captured the spirit of the Gilroy Garlic Festival. She is looking forward to attending the Festival for the first time this year and said, “I’m really excited to eat as much garlic as I can!”

William Harris of Maricopa, Arizona won second place and a $250 prize. Third place and a $100 prize went to Priscilla Martinez from Watsonville, California. Martinez also won $200 for the Association’s Choice prize, voted on by volunteer members of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Association.

During the 2019 Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 26-28), prints of the winning poster will be available at the Garlic Mercantile stores. The poster design will also be featured on Gilroy Garlic Festival merchandise, including canvas bags and aprons.

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