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Billboard Generation III

Search for Truth, 6th St, Two Blocks West of College Ave., Bloomington, IN, by Amber, Harmony School; Photo by Stephanie Stanley

Announcing the Winners of Your Art Here’s 3rd annual youth art billboard competition, Billboard Generation III, beginning March 1st!
Your Art Here (YAH) is pleased to announce the winning artworks of the third annual youth art billboard competition, Billboard Generation III. In celebration of National Youth Art Month, YAH asked kids to make art on the topic “Free Speech: Voice Your Opinion!” Nine artworks made by grade school through high school students are currently on display on billboards in Bloomington and Indianapolis.

The Billboard Generation Project gives kids the opportunity to express themselves to the community through visual dialogue. We believe that expressing unique opinions, and giving a voice to every individual’s ideas is a patriotic and civic duty. Students from the Bloomington and Indianapolis community communicated their thoughts and feeling about a wide variety of issues: the importance of expression, gender equality and equality for the handicapped, equality for all races and ethnicities, the alienation of youth in modern culture, the obesity epidemic, and the search for truth in American culture.

By providing public advertising spaces for youth art we hope to encourage thought on how to enrich our community through visual dialogue. Through this project we want to instill in kids the desire, knowledge, and confidence that will allow them to engage their community and world throughout their lives.

Important Dates

  • March 1st: Billboard Generation III Opens!
  • March 5th, Reception at the John Waldron Arts Center
  • March 11th, Reception at the Harrison Center
  • April 9th, Your Art Here Art Auction and Benefit Show at Second Story, Bands TB
  •  Download the Art Auction Press Release [pdf, 56k]

Billboard Generation II

Members of Your Art Here hanging a billboard with winnners from the Minnie Hartman School [Photo by Nathan Purath]


The second Youth Art billboard competition took place in Bloomington and Indianapolis, resulting in four billboards in each city. Eight different artworks made by students in grades k-12 responded to the question “What would you like to tell your community?” Winning themes included the effects of pollution on our environment, diversity, and the importance of community involvement.


Around The Arts, The Indiana Daily Student, April 8, 2004

School 78 Art Appears on Billboard, The Indianapolis Star, March 2004

Galleries in the open air: Local students use artistic talent to strike conversations with community, By Jane Charney, The Indiana Daily Student, March 11, 2004

The Billboard Generation, By Paul F. P. Pogue, NUVO, March 10, 2004

Writ large: Kids speak out with artwork, By Nicole Berner, The Herald Times, March 10, 2004, Vol.127, No.256. [log-in required]

Billboard contest features youth art: Bloomington, Indianapolis students submit art to compete, By Jane Charney, The Indiana Daily Student, February 19, 2004

Hey, kids, what time is it? (March is National Youth Art Month), IU Home Pages, January 16, 2004.

Arts Eye #30, Indiana Arts Commission, December 2003

Billboard Generation I

This is Your Choice, By Ben, 8 years old


Billboard Generation I was the first YAH call for entries within Bloomington area schools in Celebration of National Youth Art Month. The contest theme was Peace and/or War, and it resulted in two youth art billboards on commercially rented spaces in Bloomington, IN. Peace, Worth Striving For, by Esther, and This is Your Choice, by Benjamin went up for display the day before the War with Iraq started.


World Wide Billboard Domination: Your Art Here, Bloomington’s Finest Subvertisement Agency, By Christopher Lombardi, The Pin-up, Vol.2, No.3, February 7, 2003

Look up! Local group puts art on Bloomington billboards, By Jane Charney, The Indiana Daily Student, February 13, 2003

Public Art References


History of Outdoor Advertising, Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA)


Painting for a Gallery of Busy City Streets Below, The New York Times [Article]

Baby Pictures: Pro-life Billboard Rattles Local Artist, The Stranger [Article]

Gas-Food-Lodging by Jornada del Muerto, January 2002

The Walker Art Center Billboard Project

The Hudson Valley Billboard Project

DNAid, [Haluk Akakçe, Nancy Burson, Alexis Rockman]

Better Living Through Chemistry, by David Byrne

Lawndale Art Center Billboard Series, June 14–November 28, 2004

Make No Mistake, by Silas Dilworth

Billboard: Art on the Road exhibition at Mass MoCA, May–September, 1999

Projects 77: Billboards by Sarah Morris, Julian Opie, and Lisa Ruyter, October 7–December 1, 2002

Welcome to America’s Finest Tourist Plantation, Deborah Small, Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock, and David Avalos

Illegal Billboards by Ron English

Obey Shepard Fairey

The Anti-Advertising Agency

The Billboard Liberation Front, 1977–

Books & Articles

Billboard: Art on the Road by Laura Steward Heon, Peggy Diggs and Lisa Dorin, foreword by Joseph Thompson

Public Art at Work: Democracy Untested is Democracy Denied by Deborah Small, Elizabeth Sisco, Louis Hock, and David Avalos, Exposure, The Journal of the Society of Photographic Education, Summer 1990, Volume 27, Number 3

Billboards Bring Art to the Streets, by Chris Roberts, Minnesota Public Radio, March 19, 2004


Clear Channel Bombs Billboard, NEWSgrist, Monday, July 12, 2004

Antiwar Billboard Nixed in N.Y.: Clear Channel Rejects Times Square Ad During GOP Convention, Washington Post, July 13 2004

Antiwar Group Settles Dispute With Company on Times Sq. Ad, New York Times, July 13, 2004

Other Public Art

Municipal Workshop

Banksy; Beautiful, socially-conscious street art

You Are Beautiful; Chicago Public Art Group

Temporary Services; Chicago Public Art

Project Hello

Akayism, Public Art Group in Stockholm, Sweden

Healing Arts Network

The Community Arts Network (CAN) promotes information exchange, research and critical dialogue within the field of community-based arts. The CAN web site is managed by Art in the Public Interest

Art*o*mat machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art, created in 1997

Other Socially Conscious Art

Franklin Furnace Archive

Creative Time, Public Art Group in New York, NY

Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN


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