About ciLive! and the Contest
Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) West Campus' annual ciLive! (Celebrate! Innovation Live) is a local-facing conference with world-class presenters, making it a unique combination of a university lecture series, Ted Talks, and SXSW. Unlike other large conferences, each talk is followed by a speaker meet-and-greet where attendees can converse with the speakers and collect signatures
ciLive! has partnered with Court Avenue Brewing Company to create ciLive! themed labels to help promote and bluster the message and mission of ciLive!
Please see below for contest guidelines.
Download the contest entry form
Who can enter?
The contest for the Root Beer Label is open to any interested person 20 or younger (parents’ consent is needed for those under 18), and for the Beer Label open to anyone 21 or older. Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, and how well the submission addresses this year’s contest theme.
*DMACC employees are not eligible to participate in this contest.
What should my artwork include?
Your artwork should focus on ciLive!’s 2021 theme “Amplified.” All artist are encouraged to use their own creative imaginations; however to not be excluded from the contest, the work must be deemed as appropriate and free of discriminatory aspects and explicit language.
The artwork can be in the form of a photograph (black & white or color), a painting, a drawing, or a sketch. All artwork must be 2D and flat. (Hand-created art must be 8 ½” x 11”.) It can be mailed or emailed. (See sizing requirements below.)
Download the ciLive! Contest Template.
How large should the artwork be?
All mailed artwork must be 8.5"x11".
A Vector-Based Art (i.e. Adobe Illustrator) is preferred for a digital submission. If completed in Bitmap (i.e. Photoshop) saved as a JPEG, the file cannot be smaller than 7200 x 4275 pixels and no larger than 25MB.
What do I need to submit?
A valid submission will contain the following information:
- An original copy of the artwork. Each piece must be original, authentic, unpublished, the sole property of the entrant, and not previously submitted in any other contest. Make sure to include a sentence or two on your submission form describing your artwork.
- A copy of the artist's photo ID. Any photo ID is acceptable. This is only needed to verify your identity and age.
- Your personal information cannot be in printed on the front of the artwork. Print the following information on the back or on a separate sheet attached to your artwork:
- First and last name
- Mailing address
- Phone number
- E-mail address
- Include a completed and signed
entry form. Print the entry form and send it to us when you send your artwork. Entries cannot be accepted without a signed entry form.
How should I submit my artwork and entry form?
Artwork must be sent by mail or emailed along with the entry form (which includes your contact information), and a copy of your photo ID.
If submitted via email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, a vector-based image file is preferred. If it is completed in bitmap using a JPEG file, the file cannot be smaller than 7200 x 4275 pixels and no larger than 25MB.
If submitted via postal mail, the artwork must be sent in its original form with the size being 8.5" x 11".
Important: You must have a signed and completed entry form (if under 18, a parent or guardian must sign) to enter.
All mailed entry forms must be sent to:
ciLive! & Court Ave Brewing Art Contest - 2021
DMACC – West Campus
5959 Grand Ave
West Des Moines, IA 50266
All digital entry forms may be submitted along with your artwork to
If you have any problems or questions regarding the art contest, please contact us at
When is the deadline?
Emailed submissions: Must be received by 5 p.m. CST, on Friday, February 12, 2021.
Mailed submissions: Must be postmarked by Monday, February 8, 2021.
How will the artwork be judged?
To prevent any bias, all of the artist will remain anonymous. Entries will be reviewed by a panel of five judges on these criteria:
- Incorporation of “Amplified” theme
Three top entries for each label (beer and root beer), totaling six entries, will be selected which will include 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place for each label (beer and root beer).
The winner's artwork will appear on the ciLive! website and the six finalist for each label (beer and root beer) are strongly encouraged to attend the unveiling and award ceremony at Jordan Creek Mall (101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines, IA 50266) on Saturday, March 6, 2021.
There will be a total of six awarded winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for the ciLive! Beer Label and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for the ciLive! Root Beer Label).
- 1st Place: $500 Visa gift card
- 2nd Place: $200 Visa gift card
- 3rd Place: $100 Visa gift card.
An additional gift card for a celebration dinner for each 1st Place Winner and a guest will be provided at Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing (309 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309).
2020 Contest Winners
Craft Beer Category
Kyle Salyan of Olmsted Falls, OH poses with his 1st place winning design in the craft beer category
Root Beer Category
Hailey Frost of Norwalk, IA poses with her 1st place winning design in the root beer category
Top Winners in Each Category
Pictured (left to right):
Stephanie Joy, Ames (3rd place, craft beer category)
Kristine Do, Des Moines (2nd place, craft beer category)
Kyle Salyan, Olmsted Falls, Ohio (1st place, craft beer category)
Hailey Frost, Norwalk (1st place, root beer category)
Mattea Millburn, Des Moines (2nd place, root beer category)
Joseph Busch, Des Moines (3rd place, root beer category).
By submitting an entry, an entrant agrees to allow the DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. to use his or her name to post on the ciLive! Web site, without compensation unless prohibited. All entries and all rights of ownership in and to the entries, including all rights to use, reproduce, publish, modify, edit, and distribute the same will become the exclusive property of DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. and will not be returned. DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. reserve the right to edit, modify, copyright, publish, use, and reproduce any and all entries without further compensation. DMACC, Court Avenue Brewing Co., and their agents and contractors, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law.