Designer’s Ball – Call for Artist

AIGA Saint Louis will celebrate it’s 2nd Annual Designers Ball this year and to commemorate this event we are thrilled to bring back our Auction to benefit our Scholarship Fund.



Artists, we want you to apply to be a part of the show. If selected, your donated artwork will be displayed at our 2nd Annual Designer’s ball where we will recognize our Fellows.

Each piece will:
Include a plate somehow (we will provide one if you like). Break, Paint, Color, Decompose, Sand down or add more plates, etc. are some examples of encouraged plate manipulation. Either easily display on a plate holder on a table or some other special display you’ve created.



The auction is a curated show. In order to apply to be a participating artist, we ask you submit either a link to an online portfolio or a PDF showing a sufficient amount of past work. A couple sentences about a particular idea for the piece you have are welcomed. Examples of plates.

>>> The Application – Sign up Today <<<

A judges’ panel will look through your application and determine a final body of work that contains approximately 40 pieces featuring a variety of artist working with different mediums and backgrounds. Applications must be submitted no later than June 30th. The judges will announce the names of participating artists on July 24.



We are privileged to announce our judges, who will curate the artist selection. Our esteemed judges:

Timothy Hykes
Timothy J. Hykes received his Associate of Applied Science with an emphasis in Graphic Communications from Saint Louis Community College. He continued his education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis where he received his Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Studio Art. Hykes volunteers his time with AIGA St. Louis. There he’s the Vice President and assumes the office of the President in January 2018. Tim is also a member of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce. In 2016 he co-founded the Design + Diversity conference in St. Louis, Missouri. This conference focuses on the diversity issues in the design community. This year Hykes expanded the Design + Diversity brand into a podcast that talks about the tough issues surrounding diversity in the design industry.



Sadie Red Wing
Sadie Red Wing is a Lakota graphic designer and advocates from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. She received her Masters of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University and works as the Creating a Passion for Learning Native Student Coordinator at the University of Redlands. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum.



Timothy Bardlavens
Timothy Bardlavens is “the black guy.” With a career trajectory that’s seemed to have move at light speed, he has grown from a Graphic Administrator at a trophy shop to a Sr. Director of Creative and UX in little under five years. His passions can be narrowed down into 5 simple categories: diversity & inclusion, digital design, leadership/mentoring, design thinking & research and house plants. Within these five lie a plethora of sub-categories, talents, focuses, eccentricities and oddities. At Microsoft, his work is focused on the future of product and product innovation, in addition to working within the organization to understand and improve its diversity and inclusion practices.



Designer’s Ball
Presented by: AIGA Saint Louis
Date: November 8, 2017
Location: Centene Center for the Arts Ballroom
What: An evening of art and live entertainment benefitting AIGA’s Scholarship Fund.

Questions? Interested? Send contact information as well as samples/links of your work to



Submission Open – June 1st
Submission Closed – July 1st
Announcement of Participants – July 24th
Pick Up Plate – August 1st
Develop/Design Plate – August – November 7th
Submit Art Summary and Bio – October 1st
Art Drop Off – November 6th
Gala – November 8th

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By AIGA St. Louis
Published June 1, 2017
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