In celebration of KGI’s 25th Anniversary, a Founder’s Day event on October 7 themed, “KGI: The Next 25 Years,” will showcase the past, present, and future of innovation.

Students, alumni, prospective students, parents, friends, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to create and submit a piece of art for the Founder’s Day celebration. The art can be in any medium (painting, comics, video, graphic design, photography, clay, marble, charcoal, poetry, short story, music, etc.).

We are looking for artwork that captures the spirit of art and science. Show us what the life sciences, biotech, biology, or KGI is in your art. Can you visually represent or tell us about a KGI program? Or tell us what KGI and the life sciences field will look like in the next 25 years. Please make it for a general audience, but make it fun and appealing.

The artwork will be used to publicize the event as well as be placed around campus as part of our Founder’s Day celebration.

Artwork Specs

  • Artwork sizing: No larger than 27×40
  • Preferred artwork size:
    • 24×36
    • 16×20
    • 20×24
    • 27×40


Prizes of $250 will be given out for the following:

  • Best group collaboration (2-4 people): $250 per person up to $1,000
  • Artwork that best communicates the overarching theme: “KGI: The Next 25 Years”
  • Best non-printed material (statue, poetry, short story, written piece) that best communicates KGI, a KGI program, or the next 25 years
  • Best printed material (poster, photo, painting, comic, etc.) that best communicates KGI, a KGI program, or the next 25 years

* All awards, prizes, and/or gifts given by KGI are taxable to the recipient, students, and non-students alike. KGI staff cannot give tax advice. In order to determine if this award is taxable, please consult your tax advisor

Submission Details

Provide a small general explanation of your artwork or theme. If applicable, explain how it relates to KGI, KGI programs, or life sciences in the next 25 years. Include your name, KGI association, academic program (if applicable), graduation year (if applicable), hometown, and local mailing address and phone number.

NOTE: If you are working in a group, only one person from the group needs to complete the form and upload the artwork.

Artwork submission deadline: Tuesday, September 6, 2022.


Faculty, staff, friends, parents, alumni, and students will be invited to vote for their favorite designs.


Popular vote and opinions of the judging panel will be considered, but the final selection rests with a council if none of the submissions are selected. KGI reserves the right to use the winning design in other publications (postcards, T-shirts, etc.) if desired.

If you have questions, please contact

Please be sure to look at the Additional Information and Tips below before submitting the form!


  • If creating a poster, graphic design, or photography, designs should be produced at a high resolution of 300dpi in CMYK at actual size (suitable for print).
    • Acceptable file formats for online submission are PDF, EPS, JPG, and PNG.
  • Consider our tagline, “KGI: The Next 25 Years” (does NOT have to be included in the design).
  • “KGI” or “Keck Graduate Institute” does need to be included in the piece.
  • Keep in mind these key target audiences: current KGI students and members of the Claremont community (including K-12 students, KGI alumni, and their families).
  • Poster design, all photographs, artwork, graphics, or additional copy/text used on the poster design must be completely your own original work and created entirely by you without using existing imagery from print or online. Entries that include elements copied from sources not created by you* will be disqualified.
    • You may include quotations if the author is cited.
  • By participating in this contest, participants represent and warrant that (i) the work is original, clear, and legible; (ii) the material does not violate the rights of any third parties; (iii) the material is being submitted in good faith and in furtherance of the contest; and (iv) the content does not contain offensive material (as determined by KGI in its sole and absolute discretion in accordance with applicable KGI policies). Notwithstanding these representations and warranties, KGI reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any entry with or without cause.
  • Make sure to add either KGI’s primary or secondary logo to the top of your poster:


  • Identify the goal of your piece
  • Consider your target audience
  • Pick a relevant theme or color scheme 
  • Use varied fonts to create a visual hierarchy 
  • Use icons or simple terms to improve your message
  • Always use high-quality images & stock photos

How to make an event poster:

  • Start with an interesting background image or color.
  • Use a large and bold font for your title – (if you have one)
  • Add some embellishments to the title to make it pop.
  • Make sure you add your logo and brand colors.

Keep it fresh. Stand out.