HOLLAND — Tulip Time has announced the Top 20 entries for the annual First Bloem Festival Artwork Competition, which will select the official poster for Tulip Time 2023.
After reviewing nearly 100 submissions, finalists include:
The winner will be announced in late February at the First Bloem Reveal. Following the event, posters, mugs, ornaments and other merchandise featuring the artwork will be available for purchase at store.tuliptime.com.
This year’s juror, who selected the finalists, was Professor Margaret Vega, who teaches undergraduate and graduate painting at Kendall College of Art and Design. Vega has also taught at Academia di Belle Arti in Perugia, Italy, and Grand Valley State University.
Vega said many strong entries were submitted this year.
“I was interested in the variety of materials, from photography to cut paper, used to express the beauty and emotion of tulips,” she wrote in a statement. “I was attracted to several pieces immediately for their balance and unique approach to the guidelines.”
The annual competition began in 2011, open to artists in Ottawa, Allegan, Kent, Muskegon and Kalamazoo counties. The theme must represent the festival’s mission to celebrate Holland’s tulips, Dutch heritage and the ever-growing diversity of the community.
Recent winners include Kate Moynihan (2022), Aron Lowe (2020) and Carolyn Stich (2019). Due to the cancellation of the festival in 2020, Lowe was commissioned to create a partner piece for her winning design in 2021.
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All finalists will have their work displayed during the festival, during which voters can choose their favorite for a People’s Choice Award.
Tulip Time 2023 is May 6-14.

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