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CMYK Poster Show 2020

CMYK 2020
  • CMYK Poster Show 2020
     October 21, 2020
     4:30 pm - 7:30 pm

AAFCM is happy to announce we are moving forward with hosting one of our most favorite events of the year – the CMYK Poster Show! This event has been a fun and smashing success since its introduction 6 years ago.  We can’t believe we’re on our 6th Annual CMYK Poster Show and we’re about to start accepting artist registrations. We’re not going to let 2020 stop out fun! 

For those of you who are new to the show, CMYK is one of AAFCM’s most competitive events on the programming line-up. It’s a design competition and silent auction for local professionals and students. We chose the name CMYK because it’s an obvious nod to design, yet flexible enough to change the format as trends come and go. So if coaster design is all the rage three years from now, we just might host a coaster design competition. You get the point.

Back due to popular demand, our format is posters once again. To achieve our best social distancing, this year we are hosting the event at Cooper Collective in St. Cloud. Don’t worry, there will still be food on site! 

Have we mentioned this is a thematic design competition? Yeah, I guess that’s an important tidbit. So without further ado, let me introduce to you our 2020 CMYK Poster show Theme: 2021. Because damned if we aren’t all excited for 2020 to be over and hopeful for the year ahead! 

So how should you approach this theme? 

Well, that’s the beauty of this competition, you can approach it however you darned well, please. What inspires you? What tells the world a little more about who you are? What makes you say, “oh, I can’t wait to do that in 2021”? The idea here is that you’re designing a unique poster with your wishes for the future and sharing it with the world, er, at least some local foodies and poster enthusiasts. So use your favorite font, textures, colors, etc to share a little piece of you. Make it pretty, make it clever, make it whatever you will – just make it, and join us at the 6th annual CMYK Poster Design Competition. Booyah!


Nope! But you do need to know how to get whatever you create into a digital poster format using the specifications that you can download below.


Using their medium choice, artists will follow the specifications outlined in the Call for Designers Form to create a 2021 themed poster. All posters will be put on display at the event and available for all event attendees to purchase via silent auction. Half of all silent auction proceeds go to Central MN’s advertising students, so help us keep the creative juices of the future flowing.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21st

TIME: 4:30-7:30 PM

WHERE: Cooper Collective

COST: FREE – Bring your friends!

CMYK is open to the public! Whether you’re an artist, a food truck enthusiast, or you’re just looking for some normalcy, this is an event you don’t want to miss. To keep everyone safe and healthy, the 2020 show will be more of a come-and-go style. Unlike in past years, you do not need to be present to win a poster. We will be announcing winners via Facebook LIVE after the doors close. However, you do need to be present to bid in the silent auction. Masks will be required and hand sanitizer will be supplied. 


Cost to submit a poster for auction is $15 to cover printing costs. 1 extra poster will be available for each artist at a cost of $10 (paid at time of registration).

Competition is limited to the first 40 designers.

Competition is limited to 1 poster per designer.

Deadline Extended

Final artwork files must be uploaded via the upload link by Thursday, October. 15th Sunday, October 18th @ 11:45 pm.

NOTE: This is a public event; therefore, all posters will be subject to screening before print. AAFCM reserves the right to reject (without refund) any posters deemed offensive, inappropriate or vulgar.

Food Partners

Lingen Dairy

Bad Habit Brewing

Artist RegistrationPoster Specs & Template

Download the PDF poster template.


All artist must register and pay the $15 fee.


Artist Submission

Once your poster is done, submit it here by Thursday, October. 15th Sunday, October 18th at 11:45 PM.

Submit Poster


Venue Website:

203 Cooper Ave. N
, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 56303, United States