Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater Plaque Design Competition

Brad and Linda Gottfried

We are pleased to announce a student competition for the design and creation of a plaque to recognize our generous donors, CSM President Emeritus Brad Gottfried and Linda Gottfried, for naming the theater in the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus.

Instead of a conventional naming plaque, the Gottfrieds, along with the CSM Foundation, have decided to hold a design competition to find a student-created masterpiece that celebrates their gift to CSM while showcasing student talent. This competition will provide an emerging artist the opportunity to showcase their work and gain exposure.


Who can participate?

Designers must be currently enrolled at the College of Southern Maryland. Both credit and workforce training students may participate.

How do I participate?

Come up with your own original plaque design based on our specifications below and let the creative juices flow! Be innovative. Submissions will be accepted online.

We require the winning designer to demonstrate the progress of the design at various stages of production through an image slideshow or video. Designs must be received by November 1, 2019 and the winner will be announced on November 8, 2019. The final masterpiece must be completed and delivered to CSM by January 15, 2020.

What do I win?

The winning designer will receive a $1,000 scholarship for classes at the College of Southern Maryland. The winner’s name will be placed next to the plaque.

Specifications (Please review before submitting your design):

  • Your original design must be functional and consider the interior features of the Fine Arts Center. Be creative. You may use your medium of choice (paper, plastic, clay, wood, metal, photography, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc.). Please let us know your intended medium when you submit the design.
  • The design must incorporate the following words: Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater.
  • If your design is chosen, the completed product must not be larger than 25” x 19” x 1” and weigh less than 10 pounds. Additionally, it must have the ability to be attached to the slatted wall in the Fine Arts Center.
  • All submissions must be submitted digitally as a 300 dpi JPG or PDF.
  • The winning artist will receive reimbursement for supplies up to $250 and MUST demonstrate the progress of their product at various stages of production through an image slideshow or video.

Please e-mail csmfoundation@csmd.edu if you have any questions about the competition.

Submissions are due by November 1, 2019, and winners will be announced on November 8, 2019.

Contest sponsored by Brad and Linda Gottfried and the CSM Foundation.

Ready to submit?

Please make sure you read over all of our specifications before submitting.