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Steve Sult Competes in The Next 100 Years” Poster Design Contest

Updated: Aug 3, 2023

South Bend, Indiana's History Museum and the Studebaker Museum hold a competition for the creation of a new poster to encapsulate the DNA of South Bend and its potential to continue to be world famed!


August 2, 2023


Sult Mine Creative Group

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Niles, MI – Graphic Designer and Illustrator, Steve Sult announced today that his submission to the Next 100 Years has now been awarded entry into the top 10 finalists.

The competition is open to professional and amateur artists creating themed works through a variety of mediums to compete for $28,000.00 in prize money. The contest is sponsored in part by South Bend community leader Doug Hunt who says, “South Bend will always have an open door to Doers and Dreamers. That’s how the City grew then and will grow into the future. There is nothing so powerful as civic pride. And with this poster design contest we are enlisting art and creativity into the ‘Cause’ of South Bend’s future.”

The Next 100 Years” contest was sparked by the poster that was first presented as the cover of a survey booklet designed in 1922 and since then has been a source of inspiration and civic pride to South Bend residents.

Steve Sult's entry, “The Future is Bright”, presents a colorful and decorative design.

"During the research to create the competition poster, I discovered the ‘Comprehensive Roadmap a Shared Vision for South Bend 2045’ notes the city and region have a good concentration of institutions to drive South Bend’s ecosystem and link the city to the regional and national economy," Sult explains. "My choice, graphically, highlights this report by calling attention to ‘world class’ Healthcare, Education, Tourism, and a robust Small Business sector."

"I wanted the design to feel timeless, bright, and optimistic. With a feeling of craftsmanship. Like woodcuts. WPA-ish. For this submission, I’m honoring the graphic design of the past while presenting modernity as I look to the future of South Bend, Indiana," Sult said."

Jurying of entries took place from June 26-July 14. On July 24, an exhibit of the 10 selected finalists opened at the Museum campus, and the awarding of First, Second, and Third Place winners takes place on August 21.

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About Steve Sult Sult creates his art in Southwestern Michigan from his studio in Niles, Michigan. Steve opened his doors in 2003 as Sult Mine Creative Group and gained a national and international reputation as a creative director, art director, and illustrating designer, developing new product introductions – successfully contributing to over seventy established and emerging client organizations in diverse industries in the US, South America, China, and Europe. Today, Steve has refined this style created early in his career. His work combines elements of WPA's poster campaigns in the 1930s, pop art, Russian Constructivists art, and decorative art all being applied to poster art. It's like sitting on the fence between graphic design and illustration, blurring the boundary between traditional and commercial art through type and image via prints, notecards, apparel, and posters in public spaces.


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