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CMYK Poster Show 2021

CMYK 2021
  • CMYK Poster Show 2021
     October 28, 2021
     4:30 pm - 8:00 pm

We’re coming up on one of our favorite events of the year – the CMYK Poster Show! This event has been a fun and smashing success since its introduction 7 years ago. Yes, SEVEN years – and we’re about to start accepting artist registrations once again.

For those of you 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. To add some variety to our show, CMYK has a thematic element that changes each year.. Our board joins forces and selects a new theme that is fun, on-trend, or timely – like Minnesota branded everything or the 90’s comeback we’ve hosted in years past…wait, I guess those are both still happening.

This year, we wanted to pick something we’re continuing to see in our Instagram world, while also playing off of the true elements of design.

Our 2021 CMYK Poster Show theme is…drum roll, please…PANTONE! Yep, CMYK and Pantone are going to have one beautiful design baby. It doesn’t get more creative-focused than that, does it!?
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 colors make you happy, excited, creative, etc? The idea here is that you’re designing a unique poster with your favorite Pantone-esque feel and sharing it with the world, or, at least some local taco lovers 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 7th 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 of choice, artists must follow the specifications outlined in the Call for Designers Form to create a Pantone-themed poster. All posters will be printed, 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, to help us keep the creative juices of the future flowing.

WHEN: Thursday, October 28th
TIME: 4:30-8 PM
WHERE: El Loro Mexican Restaurant – Sauk Rapids
COST: FREE – Bring your friends!

CMYK is open to the public! Whether you’re an artist, a queso junkie, or you just love all things color + design, this is an event you don’t want to miss. The event will feature appetizers, along with other food and drink available to purchase from our friends at El Loro.


  • Cost to submit a poster for auction is $15 to cover printing costs. 1 extra printed poster to keep 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.
  • Final artwork files must be uploaded via the upload link by Thursday, October 21st @ 11:59 pm Sunday, October 24th at 11:59 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.

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. 21st Sunday, October 24th at 11:59 PM.

Submit Poster


Venue Website:

415 N Benton Dr, Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, 56379, United States