NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)
NAIAS Logo. (PRNewsFoto/North American International Auto Show)

DETROIT—  Attention all art educators and art instructors!   The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) announced its annual poster contest for high school students.   Now in its 30th year, the NAIAS poster contest was created to engage the creative minds of Michigan’s high school students and encourage careers in automotive design.  For the 2017 contest, NAIAS received 890 entries from 70 high schools across the state.

“It is amazing to me that with nearly 1,000 entries, each one is very unique and I enjoy seeing how they represent our great show in their works,” said Ryan LaFontaine, 2018 NAIAS Chairman.

 The judges will choose winners in the following 16 categories:

Chairmen’s Award – $1,000

State Farm Award – $1,000

Designer’s Best of Show: Digital – $500

Designer’s Best of Show: Traditional – $500

Best Theme – $250

Best Use of Color – $250

Most Creative – $250

1st Place: 10th Grade – $500

1st Place: 11th Grade – $500

1st Place: 12th Grade – $500

Six other runners-up prizes

The NAIAS poster contest is open to all Michigan students enrolled in grades 10 through 12.  An independent panel of judges, including College for Creative Studies instructors, automaker designers and State Farm representatives, will review the submissions and select the winning posters.  The award winners will have their posters displayed at NAIAS 2018 and reproduced in the official NAIAS program.  Winning posters will also be displayed on the official NAIAS website.

Posters must be original artwork, 18″x24″ in size, two-dimensional and camera ready.  The poster theme must be automotive related, and any mixed media suitable for reproduction as a poster is allowed, including computer-generated graphics.  Posters must contain all of the following copy: “2018 NAIAS or 2018 North American International Auto Show,” “Detroit” and “Cobo Center.”

To view official rules and to view the 2017 poster contest winners, please visit the Poster Contest page on the NAIAS website.  Additional questions may be directed to Sandy Herp at 248.283.5138 or

 Submitted by Raymond Rolak