Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Your art here — on a Navy ship

Posted By on Tue, Dec 2, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Seriously, now. How many times do artists get the chance to design a masterpiece that will grace a U.S. Navy ship for the life of that ship?

That's exactly the opportunity available to artists in Colorado regarding the USS Colorado, now being built back east. Seems odd to name a ship after a land-locked state, but oh well. There's already a USS Denver and others named for states that, too, are land-locked.
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The newest Navy nuclear submarine, USS Colorado (SSN 788), is conducting a Ship’s Crest art competition. The winner will have the honor of their artwork being prominently displayed throughout the 30-year lifetime of the ship. Curious about being a part of our nation’s history? Act now before the March 1st deadline. Check out www.usscoloradocommittee.org for submission details.

The State of Colorado has been honored by the naming of the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear submarine after the great state of Colorado. USS COLORADO (SSN 788) is currently under construction at Electric boat Shipyard in Groton, Conn. and is expected to be delivered to the fleet in late 2016. She is the 15th of the Virginia class submarines and the fourth ship named Colorado, the last being the Battleship COLORADO (BB-45) which was commissioned in 1923, over 90 years ago.

A United States Navy tradition is that each ship have an individual emblem, commonly referred to as the “Ship’s Crest”. These crests are prominently displayed on many high visibility areas to include uniforms, plaques, awards, stationary and media throughout the life of the ship. It is the responsibility of the ship’s commanding officer to develop this crest. Our state’s USS Colorado (SSN 788) Commissioning Committee has offered to assist the Commanding Officer by conducting a statewide contest to propose a crest for the commanding officer’s consideration.

The contest is two-tiered: a Senior Division contest, which will have the potential award of a $1,500 scholarship for the winner, plus a round-trip for two to the submarine’s commissioning ceremonies in Groton, CT. Submission requires a print-ready digital graphics image file and a $10 entry fee. The Junior Division contest is directed toward younger children and is to be submitted on standard size paper not larger than 8.5 X 11”. The entry must be accompanied with the submission form found on the Committee’s web site, usscoloradocommittee.org. Students in Middle School (up to and including 8th grade) may opt to compete either in the Junior Division or the Senior Division.

Submissions are currently open with a close on midnight March 1, 2015. Submission details are provided on the Committee’s web site: www.usscoloradocommittee.org.

Individual contributors may email questions to CrestContestA@usscoloradocommittee.org 

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