DMACC Announces Third Annual ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest in Collaboration with Court Avenue Brewing

Posted 1/13/2022

​​Artists are encouraged to incorporate the ciLive! 13 ‘Go Boldly!’ theme into their designs​​

  • The ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest is held in conjunction with the annual ciLive! at DMACC speaker series.

  • The deadline to enter this year’s contest is Feb. 13, and prizes will be awarded to the top-three designs in both the root beer and beer label design categories.

  • The winning designs will also be featured on custom ciLive! 13 bottles produced by Court Avenue Brewing Co.

DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. are pleased to announce a call for artists to enter the Third Annual ciLive! Bottle Label Contest in conjunction with ciLive! 13. The popular and free ciLive! at DMACC speaker series – also known as Celebrate Innovation Live! – will take place March 9-10, 2022, as it celebrates its 13th Anniversary. This year’s events will take place held in-person at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines, with free livestreaming of all speaker presentations also available via e360tv.

The ciLive! Bottle Label Design contest, which launched in 2020 and has received submissions from around the world each year, is a unique opportunity for artists to interpret and incorporate the ciLive! theme into an original design that will be featured on a custom ciLive! 13 bottle label produced by Court Avenue Brewing Co. in Des Moines. This year’s ciLive! theme is “Go Boldly!” and the contest will again include both root beer and beer label categories. Entries will be judged based on quality, originality, creativity and how well the ciLive! 13 theme is incorporated.

“The first two years of our ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest were a great success, and together with our partners at Court Avenue Brewing Co., we’re excited to see the creative designs submitted by artists in 2022,” said ciLive! founder and DMACC West Campus Provost Dr. Anthony Paustian.

Speakers at ciLive! 13 will include both an actor and technical consultant from the “Star Trek” franchise, a SAG Award-winning stunt actor, a world-famous cyber security expert and ethical hacker, a conservation photographer and underwater journalist, the editor-in-chief of “Entrepreneur” magazine, the host of “NOVA Wonders” on PBS, a glassblower featured on Netflix, the former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and more (view all speakers).

ciLive! has been hosted by the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines since the event’s inception in 2010. The West Campus began receiving national recognition for its modern approach to learning soon after campus construction was completed in 2001. Through partnerships with a variety of hardware and software developers, as well as providers of academic content, emerging technologies continue to be an integral part of the DMACC West Campus learning environment.

Contest categories, deadlines and prizes
The ciLive! Bottle Label Contest root beer label design category is open to anyone age 20 or younger, with parental consent required for entrants under the age of 18. Separately, the beer label design category is open to anyone age 21 or older with the exception of DMACC employees, who are not eligible to enter.

The deadline to submit artwork files by email to is 11:59 p.m. CST on Feb. 13. Submissions sent by postal mail must be postmarked no later than Feb. 9.

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of five ciLive! 13 judges on the criteria of quality, originality, creativity and incorporation of “Go Boldly!” theme. The judges will select the top six entries in each category (root beer and beer), and these finalists, along with the public, will be invited to attend an official awards ceremony during ciLive! 13 in March. The first, second and third-place winners in each of the two categories will be announced at this event.

Prizes will be VISA gift cards awarded in the following amounts: First place ($500), second place ($300) and third place ($100). Additionally, each first-place winner will be invited to enjoy a complimentary celebration dinner for themselves and one guest at Court Avenue Brewing Co. in Des Moines.

The winning artists and their designs from previous contests can be viewed online at

Artwork guidelines
Artists are​ encouraged to use their own creativity as they interpret the “Go Boldly!” theme; however, all entries must be free of discriminatory aspects and/or explicit language. Additionally, the artist’s name should not appear on the front of the artwork.

Designs may be submitted in the form of an electronic file (Illustrator Vector PDF or Adobe Photoshop JPEG), a photograph (color), a painting, a drawing or a sketch. All hand-created artwork must be 2D and flat. Please carefully review the guidelines at ci.​li​ve​. Entries can be mailed if hand-created or emailed to if created as digital files.

To view the artwork template, as well as the contest entry form, submission guidelines and complete contest rules, please visit​.

For more information, contact: Dr. Anthony Paustian,​

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