visionary-awardsIn anticipation of our inaugural Visionary Awards, to be awarded to three outstanding Fort Worth artists in various disciplines, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company is crafting a special beer for us, the Visionary Brew. But there’s a little problem. We don’t have a label. To remedy the situation, we’re calling on all 817 artists to submit original pieces of previously unpublished artwork suitable for public consumption (no porn, no violence) to appear on every bottle of Visionary Brew. Artists, keep in mind that Rahr’s logo and the Visionary Awards’ logo (the Egyptian eye with the “FW” attached) will also appear on the label and will be added by Rahr during the final stages of production –– you do not need to incorporate the logos into your design. You may enter as many original previously unpublished pieces as desired. There’s no entry fee, and submissions may be made by e-mailing a PDF of your original previously unpublished artwork to Weekly Associate Editor Anthony Mariani at or delivering by hand to the Weekly offices at 3311 Hamilton Ave., 76107. (All original materials will be cared for and eventually safely returned.) Any two-dimensional medium is acceptable, and, artists, understand that your entry will be reduced to the size of a beer-bottle label. Don’t paint a mural on the side of our office building and expect us to be amused. Deadline for submissions is midnight, Friday, March 4, 2011. Five finalists will be chosen by a committee of local curators, gallery owners, professional artists, and critics. A popular vote at the Visionary Awards announcement party during the week of Spring Gallery Night will determine the winner, who also will be invited to participate in the brewing process. A Readers’ Choice winner also will be selected, via online voting. The Visionary Brew and winning label will be unveiled at a party during the week of Fall Gallery Night. Details to come. Questions? Contact Mariani at or 817-321-9717.


Disclaimer: Your entry into the contest constitutes a grant from you to Fort Worth Weekly for a perpetual non-exclusive license authorizing your design to be displayed by Fort Worth Weekly and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, to be used on and, and to be used in advertisements and other promotional material by Fort Worth Weekly and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company. All entries must be free of claims and rights of third parties. Fort Worth Weekly and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company reserve the right to make minor modifications to art, text, and context. Entrants retain all other rights to future artwork use except as specified. The winning entrant may sell his or her work but must inform the buyer that Fort Worth Weekly and Rahr & Sons Brewing Company retain the rights enumerated above. Current Weekly contributors are excluded from participation.





  1. This contest sounds really interesting and surprised to here something like this in my hometown. What if you get together with some good friends to create a fantastic artwork label, Do all you and your friends get to go to the brewery or party. What do you mean about 817 people can only enter, did that come to mind as far as the area code of fort worth. How many people are registered now? I want to know more info about this

  2. You and as many friends as you like can enter a design or multiple designs. You must currently reside in or originally hail from the geographic area of North Texas encompassed by the 817 area code (Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine, Keller, etc.). There’s no entry fee and no registration required.

  3. So here’s the deal as I see it. you believe that artists are free spirits and that, since they are probably high on weed or something, they will all work for free. So, no need for any mention of a prize, or anything offered to the artist who will have to see their work on your beer for eternity. Heck, maybe I will spend two or three weeks working on the perfect design that will sell you ten or twenty million bottles of brew annually. In return, i can see my design pass by me on trucks, in stores, gee, maybe someone could buy me a freaking cheeseburger or something. I have some great ideas for labels, one in particular that really is a winner for you. Unfortunately, we missed your deadline due to lack of advertising on your part, and motivation to work for free on our part. Let us know if you are interested in some real artwork which would be paid for the old fashioned way.

  4. Talk is cheap, Jeff. Seeing is believing and well until you submit “the winner” into the contest I have no way of believe your ability. Oh and you might want to do the math again on the actual date and deadline.