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Calling All Baking Enthusiasts – Submit Your Design to The First Annual Gingerbread Invitational!

Corning, NY, September 15, 2015 – The Rockwell Museum is pleased to announce the First Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition and exhibition with a focus on historic landmarks and architecture in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.

The exhibition will be on view November 23, 2015 through January 4, 2016. Throughout the holiday season, visitors to The Rockwell will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite creation. The winner of the Community Choice Award will be the Grand Prize winner.

Willa Vogel, Project Manager of the exhibition said, “We are very excited to launch this tradition for families in our area. I cannot wait to see what kind of creativity the chefs, bakeries and pasty enthusiasts can bring to the table. With any luck, we’ll make gingerbread the new pumpkin spice!”

Along with the exhibition, The Rockwell will feature gingerbread-related activities in the Family Exploration Studio, Family Sparkle Open House on December 5 and 6, 2015 weekend, and the return of a beautiful hand-knitted scarf for Artemus, the sculptural bison located on the façade of the building.

Individuals and groups interested in being part of the Gingerbread Invitational Exhibition must submit their designs by October 1, 2015. Up to 15 submissions will be selected to be featured; each artist will then have one-month to create their design and drop it off at The Rockwell Museum on the designated date.

On December 3, 2015, The Rockwell will host an exhibition opening where a panel of judges will announce three winners based on creativity, accuracy, and overall presentation. The Community Choice Award Winner will be announced in early January.

Entry forms and competition rules can be found at www.rockwellmuseum.org/gingerbread

Contest/Exhibition Timeline

  • October 1, 2015  |  Gingerbread Invitational submission deadline
  • October 12, 2015  |  Artist selection announced
  • November 20, 2015  |  Artists drop off creations to The Rockwell Museum for photography and installation
  • November 23, 2015 | Media event and official exhibition opening. Public voting launches.
  • December 3, 2015 | Gingerbread Invitational Opening Reception for artists and community. Winners announced.
  • December 5, 2015 | Sparkle, Public Open House. Gingerbread-themed games, art activities, shopping, photo opportunities and more.
  • Week of January 4, 2016 | Exhibition ends. Artists pick up their creations. Community Choice Award winner announced.  

About The Rockwell Museum

The Rockwell Museum collection tells the story of the American experience through a display of stunning art about America. Founded in 1976, The Rockwell is an evolving community center which showcases the best of America through compelling exhibitions and imaginative programs.  The diverse collection includes a mix of contemporary Native American art with traditional bronze sculptures, landscape paintings and other works that embody America. Housed in the beautifully restored 19th century Old City Hall building, The Rockwell is active in the local community and holds special events and educational programming with area public schools. The Rockwell provokes curiosity, engagement and reflection about art and the American experience.


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