Winning Submission - 2016 Spring River Cleanup Design Competition
2016 Spring River Cleanup Design Competition Submission

Calling All Artists!

Milwaukee Riverkeeper needs talented artists to design a graphic for our 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup! Our Annual Spring River Cleanup is one of the largest cleanups in Wisconsin and takes place throughout the entire Milwaukee River Basin, so it calls for top-notch artwork!

We will feature the winning artwork on 4,000 volunteer t-shirts as well as our posters, postcards, and social media. Because every volunteer receives a free t-shirt, thousands of people will wear your artwork for years to come. In addition, we will award a $100 prize for the winning design. Enter our design competition to gain recognition for your art while helping us achieve swimmable, fishable rivers for future generations!

We value artists’ creative efforts so we will run our contest following the guidelines for ethical art competitions published by the Graphic Artist’s Guild to the best of our ability. If your design does not win, you will retain all rights to your artwork.

Interested in Submitting a Design?

  • Email Abby Kuranz at for branding guidelines.
  • You may submit as many designs as you like!
  • We welcome, but cannot guarantee, t-shirt color ideas.
  • Please email all designs as individual JPEGs to Aviva Glassman at by Sunday, February 12 at 11:59 pm.
  • Milwaukee Riverkeeper staff will select three finalists and ask the public to vote for their favorite to determine a winner.
  • If your design wins, we will need a high-quality image to work with, ideally a Vector file with dimensions of about 12” x 12”.

Deadlines and Timeline:

Sunday, February 12 by 11:59 pm: All designs submitted

Monday, February 13: Three finalists announced

Monday, February 13 – Monday, February 20: Voting on Facebook

Tuesday, February 21: Winner announced

About the 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, we will hold our 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup! Each year, almost 4,000 volunteers come together to pick up tons of trash. Since the Milwaukee River Basin contains three beautiful rivers, the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic, we host cleanups at more than 50 locations. Registration opens soon!

Questions, Comments, Concerns?

Please direct questions, comments, and concerns about the graphic design competition or 22nd Annual Spring River Cleanup to Aviva at or call 414-431-0907.