Call for Artists

“Just Around the Corner” South Shore Poster Series

Deadline to Apply: May 1, 2024

Submit an application to be an approved artist for future South Shore poster commissions.


Throughout the mid-1920s, the South Shore Posters promoted attractions, events and destinations along the South Shore train line from as far east as South Bend and as far west as Chicago. The posters lined the region’s train stations, enticing business and leisure travelers to the area through colorful depictions of events, landscapes and destinations along the South Shore of Lake Michigan.

The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority (SSCVA) curates the “Just Around the Corner” poster series started in 1997. As this series continues to grow, it aims to promote our destination to visitors and inspire pride within residents by visually sharing the region’s story. The SSCVA is committed to expanding the artist list available to sponsors of new posters in the series, thereby promoting the arts and protecting artist’s rights and ownership.

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  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Must be a resident or native of Northwest Indiana, categorized as 7 counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, Jasper, Starke, Pulaski.
  • Must be a visual artist skilled in representational art using paint.
  • Must be a visual artist skilled in traditional art practices and techniques with classical training in drawing and painting. 
  • Must be able to create poster artwork in the style of traditional South Shore posters.
  • Must complete online submission form.

Artwork Sample Submissions

The SSCVA is accepting digital images/files for portfolio consideration. Digital images can be submitted through an online form ONLY.  Please DO NOT submit links to files (Google Docs or otherwise). All work must be your own. Each file has a 999kb minimum image size requirement. Please label each image with your first and last name.

Submission example: 
Image One: johnsonb-1
Title: Around the Corner
Medium: Oil Paint on Canvas 
Dimensions: 24"x48" 

Image Two: johnsonb-2
Title: Corner the Around
Medium: Acrylic Paint on Canvas 
Dimensions: 12"x8"


If you are selected as an approved artist and then chosen by a sponsor, the following explains the process for a new commission.

The Artist will:

  • Meet with the sponsor and facilitator (SSCVA) to discuss the project expectations.
  • Provide rendering and revisions.
  • Complete final artwork.
  • Artist will retain copyright of artwork. Sponsor will own original painting.

New commissioned projects:

  • Must maintain artistic inspiration from traditional poster work.
  • Must follow project guidelines, protocols, themes and creative direction.
  • Must be created with a preapproved paint medium.
  • Must have a physical canvas size of 24” wide x 36” tall and 1.5” thick.
  • Must include the wording “Just Around the Corner along the South Shore Line”

Artist Application

General Information

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State your goals and purpose in participating in the “Just Around the Corner” Poster Series.

Please check each category that reflects your area of expertise:

If you would like to share any former clients you have created art for, please list them here.

Upload Artwork

Upload up to 6 works of art that represent your work. You confirm that you are the creator of submitted artworks.

Once Artists are Selected

You are applying to be considered for future projects. Approved artists will be notified. When new posters are commissioned, the sponsor will choose the artist for the project based on submitted applications. Other factors may include but are not limited to artist’s availability, artist fee, turnaround time, etc.

For more information
Please direct questions to the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority
No phone calls, please.

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