Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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Calgary Stampede

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2020 Poster Competition

$20,000 in Educational Scholarships to be won.

You could be the 2020 Calgary Stampede Poster Artist

Albertan youth, age 15-24, are invited to submit their best 2D works of art with the hope of being selected as a finalist to create their vision for the iconic 2020 Calgary Stampede poster and take home the first place $10,000 scholarship. 

Deadline to apply is Sunday, November 18, 2018.

40,000 Posters Distributed Annually
$20,000 in Educational Scholarships
1908 the first year the poster tradition began


Wanted: You

  • Show your art, expand your education, test your imagination, learn about the Calgary Stampede.
  • All 2D Mediums welcome.
  • Contestants must be Alberta residents aged 15-24. 


  • Masterclass session for the top 30 contestants taught by experienced local artists.
  • One-on-one Mentorship opportunities for the top 8 contestants.
  • Inspirational excursions to unique Calgary Stampede spaces.
  • Calgary Stampede – Learn about western hospitality, inclusivity, culture and community spirit. 


  • First Place: Your art is featured as 2020 Calgary Stampede Poster and you receive a $10,000 scholarship!
  • Second Place: $5,000 scholarship
  • Third Place: $2,500 scholarship
  • Places Four through Eight: $500 educational funding
  • Top Eight: Free art supplies

Funding generously provided by The Brandon Flock Foundation.

History of the Stampede Poster

  • “The Range Mother,” a painting by famous cowboy artist Charlie Russell, was featured on the first Stampede poster in 1912.
  • Edward Borein’s sketch “I-See-U” donned the Stampede poster throughout the 1920s and became an iconic image for the Stampede.
  • 1923-1965: Calgary Stampede posters were long and skinny so that they could be wrapped around telephone poles.
  • In 2006, the Stampede went back to its roots by promoting local western art by featuring a painting on the Stampede poster. Artists include Oleg Stavrowsky, Shannon Lawlor and Paul Van Ginkel. 


The 2020 Calgary Stampede Poster Competition

The Poster Competition is about more than the selection of a poster for the Calgary Stampede; the competition focuses on youth achievement and development by fostering and developing artistic skills. This program takes youth on a journey of craftsmanship and creation, an experience just as valuable as claiming the top prize.