Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show¬


T-Shirt Design Contest—NEW!

Calling all Virginia designers! Showcase your talent and be part of Virginia’s artistic legacy. Enter to win the T-Shirt Design Contest for the 67th Annual Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show.

The essence of the Boardwalk Art Show lies in its celebration of art, community, and the coastal culture of Virginia Beach. It is considered one of the oldest and best-established outdoor art shows on the East Coast and takes place along the boardwalk, a scenic promenade that stretches along the beach. Your winning design should embody this essence while capturing the diverse range of styles, mediums, and artist voices that we recognize each fall at this oceanfront tradition and year-round at our museum.

Show us what you’ve got! We’d love to discover your artistic talent and share it with the thousands of art enthusiasts at this year’s show and our creative community in Virginia.


There is no entry fee to submit a design.

All entrants must be 18 or older and a Virginia resident.

Only three design submissions per person are allowed.

Submission Guidelines:

Files must be submitted as PNG or JPG images with a resolution of at least 300 DPI. Maximum size is 12”x12” and/or 20 MB. If your design does not include a background, please be sure to export as a PNG with transparency.

Please name your files as: LastName-FirstName-DesignName

Deadline to submit is Sunday, July 31, 2023 11:59 PM EST. All correctly prepared files must be submitted through the form below:

submit your design

About the T-Shirt

The winning design will be placed on the official 2023 Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show Commemorative T-Shirt. (All T-shirts will be white).

Virginia MOCA will include the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show logo on the T-Shirt in a way that will not obstruct or take away from your design, e.g. your design featured on the back and our logo on the front. The logo is not a required component of your design.

How Winner is Selected:

Entries will be evaluated by Virginia MOCA’s internal panel of judges and will be reviewed for:

  1. Concept and originality of design
  2. Visibility from a reasonable distance
  3. Ability to appeal to a broad audience of Boardwalk Art Show show-goers
  4. Successfully captures the energy of the Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show
  5. Totality of design and production readiness

The Winner Will Receive:

  1. A $500 cash prize
  2. Two (2) complimentary tickets to the Beach Club at the 67th Annual Virginia MOCA Boardwalk Art Show ($100 value)
  3. Recognition on the Virginia MOCA website, our weekly email, and social media
  4. A spotlight in the Boardwalk Art Show program

By submitting to this design contest, you agree to the following:

Publicity and Agreement: Contest entry constitutes an agreement by the submitting designers to grant free license of all copyrights of the submitted works to Virginia MOCA, for publicity and promotional purposes. Virginia MOCA may share any design submissions received by July 31, 2023 on social media at our discretion. If so, we will credit you and link to your website and/or social media handle.

Media Release: By submitting artwork, you agree that if your design wins, Virginia MOCA retains first printing rights and a free license, in perpetuity, to utilize the design on T-shirts and other promotional items, marketing, fundraising, and public relations materials. You are guaranteeing that your design does not contain any copyrighted material, including images/copy found on the internet, unless clearly marked as published under a Creative Commons (cc) license. Contest entrants who are not selected as the winning designer(s) retain all rights to their artwork.


Please email if you have any questions about the contest.