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How to apply to the 2019 Design Web Digital and Interactive Art division of the Kentucky State Fair Fine Arts and Crafts competition

New Digital and Interactive Art Coming to the Fine Arts and Crafts Kentucky State Fair Competitions

Design Web has sponsored a digital and interactive art competition at the 2019 Kentucky State Fair.

Louisville, KY – (Jan. 4, 2019) – The Design Web Digital and Interactive Art categories are returning to the Kentucky State Fair Fine Arts and Crafts competitions for the 2019 show featuring 4 brand new subcategories: Websites, Video Games, Physical Interactive Art, and Student Art.

What to expect at the Fair:

The Design Web Digital and Interactive Art category showcases websites, video games, apps, and other original interactive and digital art created by local developers. Digital and interactive art is to be judged not only on aesthetic qualities but also functionality, technical skill, and entertainment value. Trailer videos for many unique games will be on display for the entire Kentucky State Fair with several designated “game days” for hands-on visitor play opportunities. Game days will include mid-day hours on the weekends and select dates where developers of the submitted games will be on-site to show off their games and apps. This will allow visitors to play and interact with games directly, and even talk to the developers. Several of these games include some exclusive yet-to-be-released titles by local developers. For those attending during the week, a digital kiosk has been installed displaying trailer examples and links for access to download and play many of the entries on display.

This year’s Digital and Interactive Art category was sponsored by Design Web Louisville, INC, a local digital marketing agency that specializes in websites, apps, social media, interactive mapping, and other digital marketing. Additional in-kind sponsorship provided by WarpZone and Nerd Louisville. Visitors will also be able to vote for audience choice digitally at the kiosk through the fair on-site or online here once applicants have been received.

How to apply to the 2019 Design Web Digital and Interactive Art division of the Kentucky State Fair Fine Arts and Crafts competition:

  1. Find the application form online or request one by mail through the Kentucky State Fair Website under General Department > FINE ARTS AND CRAFTS > Design Web Digital and Interactive Art  https://kystatefair.org/participate/compete/
  2. Submit your application to join the Kentucky State Fair competition before the deadline as stated on the Kentucky State Fair Website. The deadline to join the competition is usually the first day of June. You do not need to have your work ready to submit by this date. This is just reserving your spot in the competition with the Kentucky State Fair. You can submit your application online or by printing the form available here using these methods:
    USPS Mail: KENTUCKY STATE FAIR ENTRY DEPARTMENT, P.O. Box 37130, Louisville, KY 40233-7130
    Phone: (502) 367-5190
    Fax: (502) 367-5198
    Email: Entry@Kyvenues.com
  3. Submit your interactive art after you receive your tags in the mail. You will receive a letter in the mail confirming your application has been received and approved by the Kentucky State Fair. The letter will include tags for all the categories you have signed up to compete in. Save this letter, you can use it to enter the Kentucky State Fair Grounds before the opening of the fair.
  4. Use your approval letter and tags to submit your work for the competition. The deadline to submit your work for 2019 has not yet been released but it is usually the second weekend in August. (This year would be the 10th and 11th) You can attach the tags to the work physically or you can put the tag entry number in a message with the files you submit.
    1. SEND BY EMAIL If you are submitting a file, game on an app, digital work, or a link to a website that does not include a physical housing (such as a kiosk that needs to be dropped off or set up at the Kentucky State fair) you can send your submission directly to ksf@designweblouisville.com. All links and files sent to this address will receive a confirmation of receipt within 24 hours. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt please resend or call 502-716-1750 for assistance. 
    2. REQUEST SPACE FOR ITEMS TO PUT ON DISPLAY If you are submitting a work of digital or interactive art that will be displayed at the fair on a unique piece of equipment please send a detailed description of the work in writing or video to ksf@designweblouisville.com. Interactive work can vary widely and we need to know your space requirements, electricity requirements, and if you wish to leave your work on display unattended during the entire fair. Some examples of works that may need space for a physical display: an app on an iPad, a video game on a laptop, a table game with buttons or sensors, a game or art on an arcade or kiosk, or an interactive sculpture or art piece. We will have space for items that need floor space and items that can be secured to a table or pedestal. We will also have space for temporary exhibits and demonstrations. All equipment to be displayed at the fair must be safe to museum standards, sturdy enough that children will not knock it over, and appropriate for a busy public setting (keep it family-friendly). If your game requires a controller that is not arcade quality we highly suggest presenting your work in “attract-mode only” while on display unattended. Standard keyboards and controllers are not durable enough to handle nearly 600,000 estimated attendees in only 11 days.
    3. SEND A PROMOTIONAL VIDEO, IMAGES OR PROPS. You are not required to have your work on display on your own equipment throughout the fair. If you have an interactive work that can not be played onsite, left unattended, or requires equipment that can not be placed on display at the fair for the public you may submit a promotional video, tour video, or photos of your work to be displayed on our main looping display screen. You may also display supporting props or other visual aids to feature your work where it would be unreasonable for your work to be displayed or interacted with by the public directly. An example of this might be: screenshots of a phone app, play-through video of a video game, or a robot on display, but not on or operational.
  5. You may demonstrate your work on site during the fair. You may bring equipment to display work at the fair. All equipment must be safe for public viewing and interaction. Under your supervision, you may set up and invite fair attendees to interact with your work during the fair. At the time of submission please include your space, equipment and electricity requirements and what dates you would like to present your work. Presentation space is limited and will be assigned on request. Your selected dates and the title of your work will be listed and promoted on site and online so please make sure you can attend all dates you sign up to attend.
  6. Pick up of work. Please plan to be available to pick up your work on the deadline noted in the Kentucky State Fair competition book for the fine art division. Pick up is usually the day after the last day of the fair. Ribbons and prizes can also be collected at this time.

This year’s division for the Digital and Interactive Art category (Division Number TBD)

1. Websites (Number TBD) – This category encompasses any website accessible via a modern web browser, excluding website-based video games. Websites will be judged on a computer, tablet, and mobile device.
Prizes: First Place Ribbon and $75, Second Place Ribbon and $25, Honorable Mention Ribbon
2. Video Games (Number TBD) – This category includes any digital interactive video game, which has been primarily designed and developed by 1-3 people. This includes computer games (Windows, Mac, Linux), website-based/online games, console games (PS, XBOX, Nintendo), or games running on a mobile device (Android or iOS).
Prizes: First Place Ribbon and $75, Second Place Ribbon and $25, Honorable Mention Ribbon
3. Physical Interactive Art (Number TBD) – This category includes art or functional objects that use technology in either its operation or presentation. This includes sculptures, instruments, digital artwork, tools, and other items that can be manipulated or interacted with by visitors.
Prizes: First Place Ribbon and $75, Second Place Ribbon and $25, Honorable Mention Ribbon
4. Student (Number TBD) – This category includes video games, websites, and interactive physical art or functional objects that use technology in either its operation or presentation. This includes sculptures, instruments, digital artwork, tools, and other items that can be manipulated or allows interaction by visitors. Applicant must be enrolled as a full-time student.
Prizes: First Place Ribbon and $75, Second Place Ribbon and $25, Honorable Mention Ribbon

 

Last years submissions:

You can see some of the entries from the 2018 Kentucky State Fair below including a compilation of video clips including gameplay from a selection of last years submissions and winners.

  • Pull Pals – Two Scoop Games (app game)
  • Kentucky Dash – Super Soul (video game)
  • Flewberry – Alex Garbus (app game)
  • Centenntable – Amanda Hudgins (arcade game)
  • 4 Buttons Tone Generator – Jared McNeil
  • Pig Eat Ball – John Meister (video game)
  • Kick Bot – Alex Bezuska (app game)
  • Roaring Cat Games’s Carkour – Loi LeMix

Check out last years booth at the Kentucky State Fair!

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