Arts Contest Winners Announced

We’re excited to announce the finalists in the Downtown Project Arts Contest. These eleven artists will have their work displayed and performed at First Friday on October 5th. During the evening’s celebration of the festival’s 10th anniversary, we’ll be announcing the Grand Prize Winner.

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be featuring the winning submissions and the artists who created them.

Thank you to all of the artists, writers, filmmakers, and musicians who submitted their work for consideration. We are incredibly inspired by the creativity and innovation of the people in our community.

And the winners are:

Ginger Bruner–Photography

Mike Cao–Rap

Catherine Joy Calixto–Mixed Media

Diana Cossio–Animation

Matt Dunsmoor–long-form narrative

Patrick Fournie–short film

Christine Han–oil painting

Steven Liguori–sculpture

Mark Melnick–12K gold on glass

Robert Nelson–mosaic photograph

Kathleen Strukoff–oil on canvas



Photo by Bryan Schnitzer


  • Selina Melancon

    Hooray! Congratulations to all the finalists!