H&M’s 2011 ‘Your Art Here’ Contest


As many of you may know already, I was one of the jury members of H&M’s “Your Art Here” online contest, which was held in October, last year. The hugely successful contest saw over 850 participants, and over 33 million people being reached. Artist Emily Ryan’s incredible ‘HMNYC’ project, which can best described as an interactive art sculpture, was adjudged to be the winning entry of the contest. Her work was showcased in the H&M stores on 5th avenue and 42nd street in NYC. 

If you missed out on last year’s contest, here is some great news for you. H&M has recently launched the second round of contest, and is asking for submissions of artwork from aspiring artists and designers. The top 25 submissions (as voted by the site’s visitors) will be reviewed by an all-star fashion and arts savvy jury, who will then select the best five from the lot.

The winning designs/artwork will be printed on H&M T-shirts—which will be sold all over the US. The winning art pieces will also be exhibited in the window of H&M’s 42nd Street and 5th Avenue stores in New York. In addition, the five winners will each receive a $500 H&M gift card and a $2,000 stipend to support their art/design careers.

I don’t have to stress the fact that having your art exhibited in the stores will result in some major exposure and career traction. This could be the chance of a lifetime, folks.

All entries must be made by 12:01 AM EDT on May 25, 2011. To know more about the rules and other details, please visit the "Your Art Here" site.

Check out some of the diverse and brilliant submissions, after the jump.


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