Ravinia Annual Poster Design Competition 2018

For over 40 years, the Ravinia Women’s Board has sponsored an annual competition to create the design that will become the unique poster used to promote the festival’s upcoming season. The poster design becomes a distinctive signature of the Ravinia season. It should therefore convey the rich experience of enjoying outstanding musical performances in this lush and historic outdoor park.

2018 Call for Entries: Deadline: Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Contest is now Closed

Winning PosterThe annual poster is used to promote the Ravinia summer season. For over 50 years, the Women’s Board has been heavily involved in fundraising for Ravinia, supporting its outreach and education programs, enhancing the beauty of the park, developing loyal and new audiences, sponsoring a summertime concert, running the Ravinia Gift Shop and chair rental, and much more!
This year, we are hoping for a fabulous poster reflecting the 2018 theme at Ravinia, “Leonard Bernstein at 100.” Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday will be celebrated throughout the 2018 season at Ravinia. This year’s poster should capture the spirit and genius of Bernstein as a larger-than-life composer, conductor, and educator who specialized in young people’s concerts. Please do not reference any of Bernstein’s specific compositions. We encourage work that features original graphic designs or drawing. We discourage the use of readily available computer-generated images without significant creative interpretation.

Want to Enter?

Download the Call for Entries for complete contest instructions, and please download and affix the Artist Information Form to the back of your artwork for submission. The theme for this year is "Bernstein at 100" and coincides with Ravinia's efforts to celebrate Leonard Bernstein's centennial.

Entries must be sent to the Ravinia Women’s Board at 418 Sheridan Road, Highland Park, IL 60035, no later than Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Judging is on the basis of graphics and design quality and will take place in early December.


Call for Entries (please read for complete contest instructions)
Artist Information Form (affix to the back of your artwork)


  • 1st prize: $1,000
  • 2nd prize: $500
  • 3rd prize: $250


Past Winners

Many of these award-winning posters from past years can be purchased at the Ravinia Gifts store online.