2020 Signature Art

Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, Hawaii’s oldest food festival, announces its call every year for their Signature Art for the official image of the year. Hawaii artists are invited to submit original Kona coffee art in all art forms including fine art, graphic design and photography. Artists are encouraged to be inspired by the culture behind the cup and consider the Festival’s mission to preserve, perpetuate and promote Kona’s unique nearly 200-year coffee heritage.

2019 Signature Artist

Linda “Lin” Huff, a professional, freelance graphic designer’s art piece was selected as the official image of the 2019 Kona Coffee Cultural Festival and its theme “Bursting with Favor.” The inspiration for this year’s design was drawn from her desire to create an image that was free spirited, bold in flavor, color and fun, just like the festival! Lin created her 2019 design from several free-hand pencil sketches of the letters and bean, until she found the right combination. Adding her signature broad strokes of black ink and playing with different color combinations created the final image. Her award-winning designs can be found around Hawaii Island.

Find more of Lin’s work by visiting Designs by Lin Huff on Facebook.

Huff’s winning art was showcased throughout the 2019 Festival including the magazine cover, coffee mugs and t-shirts. Retail items were available for purchase throughout all 10 days of Festival events.



Calling All Artists

Artists of traditional media including oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolor, and Illustrations, as well as computer graphics and photographers, are invited to participate. There is no entry fee to participate and the competition is open to all Hawaii Island residents 18 and older. Artwork submissions are due by March 31, 2020.

ELIGIBILITY: The Poster Art Submission is open to Hawaii State residents only. Selected artists from the two previous years are not eligible.

COMPENSATION: One submission will be selected from all eligible entrants. The selected artist will receive:

  • Monetary honorarium of $500
  • Name recognition on all print collateral, including poster, magazine and rack cards
  • A feature on the Kona Coffee Cultural Festival website along with a link to the artist’s homepage
  • A photo and feature in the Festival’s media kit and 32-page full color magazine
  • Press release showcasing the artist and the art

SELECTION: Signature Festival art will be selected in April 2020, based on the

  • Artistic execution and marketing adaptation (60%)
  • Conformance to the guiding mission (40%)

The concept image must be adaptable, in whole or in part, for the use in other media, including but without limitation, advertisements, t-shirts, brochures and rack cards. Typography should not be included within the art.

Artwork submissions are due by March 31st, 2020 and should be delivered to Malia Bolton Hind at the Kona Coffee & Tea Company located at 74-5588 Palani Rd, or entries can be submitted below. Be sure to include “Festival Submission” in the subject line with electronic entries.

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