In celebration and recognition of La Crosse’s creative community, Pump House Regional Arts Center and the City of La Crosse Arts Board present the Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition. The Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition creates a unique opportunity for La Crosse to publicly showcase our area’s talented artists, and enliven our public places with enriching and inspire content. This project seeks to engage the various interests of our diverse community and prompt vital interactions and connections through art.

The Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition proposes that public art cultivates the public’s awareness and appreciation for the arts and establishes a sense of place for the creative people who drive our thriving community.

Work selected by our jury will be unveiled during Artspire, held June 13th. Inspired by La Crosse – Artspire Award 2020 winners will then be displayed at La Crosse City Hall beginning during Artspire, and remaining on display for one year. Inspired by La Crosse – Artspire Award 2020 winners will not only have their work displayed in a highly visible, public area, but each winner will receive a $200 award, and a ribbon for their work. Jury fee is $25 and can be paid online.

  • The jury is looking for wall pieces that are inspired by La Crosse- the area, culture, topography, etc.
  • Up to 3 pieces may be submitted for a $25 fee. No artist will submit more than 3 pieces. (Artists participating in the Artspire Art Fair & Sale may submit up to one piece for free.)
  • The City Arts Board will provide security hangers for selected work.
  • Submitted work will be no larger than 36″ tall and 48″ wide, no smaller than 18″ tall and 12″ wide, and no heavier than 40 lbs.
  • Pieces must be ready to hang and already framed, if necessary.
  • Pieces may be for sale. A label will be displayed next to work with artist information, and price.
  • Artwork will display for one year and may not come down early. Work sold during the duration will not be available for pick up until June 1 the following year.
  • Artist must sign an agreement for liability.
  • Deadline is May 1

Pay Jury Fee

Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition

  • If applicable
  • A description of your work for the jury and judges to better understand your work.
  • Drop files here or
    Please upload up to three images for review by our jury.
  • Please use this space to indicate any special notes, comments or requests. Please also take the opportunity to share with us your feedback about the application process. Let us know if there is anything we can do to make this process better for our artists.
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  • AGREEMENT: I hereby submit this application to become an Exhibitor in the Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition. I agree to abide by the rules as laid out by Artspire and the City of La Crosse Arts Board. By signing this application, Applicant hereby and forever discharges Artspire La Crosse, Pump House Regional Arts Center, the City of La Crosse Arts Board and their officers, agents, representatives, volunteers and employees from and against any and all manner of actions, suits, damages, claims, and demands, whatsoever in law, or equity, from any loss of damage to the applicant’s property or for any reason of personal injury, including bodily injury, or death while at the premises. Applicant agrees to give permission for any photos taken by Artspire La Crosse, City of La Crosse Arts Board, or its representatives, at the event, to be used for promotional reasons.

The Inspired by La Crosse Art Competition is coordinated in conjunction with Artspire La Crosse, the largest annual arts celebration in downtown La Crosse, produced by the Pump House Regional Arts Center every second weekend in June. The 2020 Artspire is Saturday, June 13, 2020.