Gingerbread Invitational:
Information for Participants

The Rockwell Museum is pleased to present the Fourth Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition with a focus on landmarks and architecture in our beloved region.

The Rockwell invites chefs, bakeries, and pastry enthusiasts to enter their innovative design for the chance to be one of (up to) 13 artists featured in a special holiday exhibition, The Gingerbread Invitational. The Community Choice Award winner will be chosen by visitors to The Rockwell voting throughout the exhibition.

download application    frosting recipe

As we celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Old City Hall (The Rockwell’s beloved home), we can’t help but marvel not just about the building’s history but its future potential. This year, the theme of the Gingerbread Invitational is Fantastical Future – we invite your application to re-imagine a regional building or structure with a futuristic twist!

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  • Interested individuals must submit their application, including a design and samples of previous work. Designs must follow all of the size and materials specifications (attached).
  • Up to 13 submissions will be selected to be featured in The Gingerbread Invitational. Each “artist” will then have approximately 1 month to create their design, and drop it off at The Rockwell Museum on the designated date.
  • A panel of judges will announce three Judges’ Choice winners, who will be honored at the Gingerbread Invitational Awards Ceremony, to be held November 30, 2018.
  • Throughout the exhibition, visitors to The Rockwell will vote on their favorite gingerbread creations – the winner of the Community Choice Award will be announced after the exhibition ends.


  • For 2018, a generous donor has offered $1000 in cash prizes! Plus, all participants will receive thank-you swag bags from The Rockwell, including Rockwell Museum Store gift cards, gifties, and fabulous ceramic trophies and medallions created by local artist Colleen McCall.
  • Judges’ Choice: First Prize – $500
  • Judges’ Choice: Second Prize – $300
  • Judges’ Choice: Third Prize – $200
  • Community Choice Award Winner – $250 


Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | Gingerbread Invitational application deadline

Friday, October 19, 2018 | Artist selection announced

Monday, November 19, 2018 | Artists drop off creations to The Rockwell Museum for photography and installation

Friday, November 23, 2018 | Exhibition open to the public. Public voting launches!

Friday, November 30, 2018 | Gingerbread Invitational Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony for artists, public and Rockwell Museum Members

December 1 & 2, 2018 | Sparkle and Holiday Open House. Gingerbread-themed games, art activities, shopping, photo opportunities and more.

Monday, December 31, 2018 | Final day of exhibition

Wednesday, January 2, 2018 | Artists pick up their creations if they wish – others will be discarded.

Friday, January 4, 2019 | Community Choice Winner Announced

download application    frosting recipe


Participants should contact Brianna VanOsdol at The Rockwell Museum:
Phone: 607-974-7063 |  E-mail:

Past Exhibitions

Gingerbread Invitational 2017    See all photos

First Place: Ryan Anderson, in partnership with Card Carrying Books and Gifts | Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester, NY
Second Place: LaDonna Costello, Eldridge Park Carousel of Elmira, NY
Third Place: Kristen Merritt, Christopher Knitter, Amanda Gantert | Elmira Heights Theater
Community Choice Award: Ryan Anderson, in partnership with Card Carrying Books and Gifts | Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester, NY

Gingerbread Invitational 2016    See all photos

First Place: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY
Second Place: Wegmans Bakery | “Heart of Corning” – Centerway Square
Third Place: Barbara Mack of Corning Pie Works | Corning Fire Department
Community Choice Award: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY

Gingerbread Invitational 2015   See all photos

First Place: Amber Colby of ‘Cuse Cakes | Historic Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse 
Second Place: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion
Third Place: Emily Elizabeth Smith, Tiffany Williams, Jessi Moore, Mandy Kritzeck and Alexandra Ruggiero | First Presbyterian Church in Bath, NY. 
Community Choice Award: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion


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