Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) is a celebration of the
memory of deceased ancestors, celebrated on November 1st and 2nd. The
origins of the celebration can be traced back to the indigenous
peoples of the Americas, such as the Aztec, Maya, Purepecha, Nahual
and Totonac. Today, despite the morbid subject matter, the holiday is
celebrated joyfully. On these dates, families clean and decorate
graves, build shrines, and provide offerings and trinkets of flowers
and loved ones' favorite foods. A common symbol of the holiday is the
skull, which celebrants represent in masks, called calacas. In recent
years, the vibrant colors, symbols and decorations associated with
Dia de los Muertos have become increasingly visible in popular art. To
celebrate this festival, Minnesota Center for Book Arts is sponsoring
a postcard contest, with all entries to be displayed from September 19
through November 12, 2006 in the Open Book Lobby Gallery.
The rules are simple:
1. Create a postcard using any media -- collage, painting, drawing,
sewing, printmaking, photography, computer imagery or any other
artistic method of communication.
2. The subject matter should reflect the traditions and art that are
associated with Dia de los Muertos. For more information, check out
3. Postcards must be exactly 4 inches by 6 inches. Entries that do not
meet this requirement will not be displayed.
4. Mail postcards to:
Dia de los Muertos
Minnesota Center for Book Arts
1011 Washington Ave S Ste 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415
If the card has dimensional elements or a fragile surface, please
enclose the card in an envelope to protect it during mailing.
5. Artists may submit more than one card.
6. Cards must be received by September 15, 2006.
Five winners will be chosen and their cards will be professionally
reprinted. Each winner will receive 100 reproductions of their card.
Sets of the winners' cards will be available for sale in The Shop @
MCBA, with proceeds supporting future artist programming. All
submitted cards will become the property of MCBA and will not be
returned. If you have additional questions, email Jeff Rathermel at