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2020 Festival: June 19, 20 & 21, Alameda Park | Parade: Noon, Saturday June 20th, State St.

2020 Summer Solstice Poster Art


Solstice is delighted to announce the theme for the 2020 Solstice Parade: BEAUTIFUL EARTH

We would like to encourage our fantastic community of artists to create a bedazzling selection of artwork to illustrate our theme.

This year, a $500 honorarium will be awarded to the artist whose work is selected!

We’re always on the lookout for new talent. Even if, ESPECIALLY if you’ve never proposed a design to grace our collectible posters and T-shirts, it’s time to give it your best shot! This could be your year to shine!

The winning work will be conceived with unrestrained imagination; let it be unique and remarkable and representative of our Beautiful Earth. Be inspired by marvels such as the majestic in stature or even the eerie iridescence of the aurora borealis. Let ideas emerge, like butterflies, in color, motion and sound.

An exhibit of submissions will open downtown on First Thursday, March 5

This is the public’s opportunity to vote for the work that will represent the 2020 Parade theme BEAUTIFUL EARTH. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Guidelines & In Gathering Requirements:

  1. Up to 3 images in jpeg form (72 dpi) are strongly encouraged to be emailed to    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Friday, March 1 at 5 PM for consideration.
  2. Works are encouraged to support the theme: "Beautiful Earth”
  3. Works submitted must be available to be dropped off on Wednesday, March 4th between 9 AM - 4 PM: Exhibit location to be announced.
  4. Artists must also own the work and or have rights to reproduce work if it has already been sold.
  5. Artists must sign a release form when delivering their artwork.
  6. A nominal entry fee will be collected at intake: $10 for the first entry and $5 for each additional artwork, maximum of three entries per person.
  7. All artwork must hang on the wall, no pedestal works.
  8. Artwork may not exceed 30" x 36" x 10" deep, including framing.
  9. Digital work must be printed and ready to hang, Summer Solstice will not print any      artwork received electronically
  10. Works must be wired, using eye screws or D-rings and be ready to hang. Works that are not ready to hang will not be accepted.
  11. All works shall be priced by the artist and for sale. Summer Solstice splits a 60/40 commission on sold artwork, with 60% to the artist.
  12. Works submitted must be suitable to be part of Summer Solstice Celebration marketing materials. We reserve the right to be selective about works submitted and that get into the exhibit.
  13. After the selection process is complete, a $500 check will be awarded to the artist for work selected to represent Solstice for 2020 in t-shirts, posters and in all marketing materials.
  14. 10 t-shirts and 10 posters will be awarded to the artist, plus a write up on the Solstice website, a press release, inclusion in the e-newsletter, social media and opportunity to sign posters during pre-festival events and on festival weekend if desired.



About the 2019 Summer Solstice Poster Art

2019 poster artDavid Mark Lane's "Wonder If" featured on 2019 Solstice t-shirts and posters

Each year there is an artistic competition for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice T-shirt and poster design. This year Summer Solstice is celebrating its 45th annual parade and festival with the theme of “Wonder.” Solstice received many wonderful works of art that exemplified this theme. David Mark Lane and his artwork “Wonder If!” were selected as the winner of the poster and T-shirt contest. The winning artist each year also receives a $500 honorarium.

About David Mark Lane, 2019 Featured Artist
David Mark Lane, an artist and architect, was born in Hartford, Connecticut. He has worked and lived in Santa Barbara, California since the '90s. For this year’s poster art, David worked with his hand-drawn sketches and completed the work in Photoshop. He has created a new media form he likes to call 'primitive digital.” David says, “This artwork recalls the era when the Solstice Celebration was begun. I’m so happy to be selected this year. Number 3 is a charm. It’s my 3rd time entering the contest."

David’s artwork and Solstice t-shirts and posters will be available for purchase at the workshop at 631 Garden Street, and the Solstice Festival at Alameda Park June 21-23, 2019.

Check out some of David’s work at



About the 2018 Solstice 'Heroes' Theme and the Art by Victor Elsey

Summer Solstice Poster 2018

Victor Elsey 
Winner of 2018 
Poster & T-shirt Contest 

Victor Elsey is the artist behind this year's Solstice Poster. An Art Director whose creative career took him from London to New York City to Santa Barbara to San Francisco, Elsey has fond memories of Santa Barbara through the years and had this to say about his Solstice poster:

Victor Elsey"I am honored to be selected by the Summer Solstice Committee to design their 2018 poster and T-shirt. In my painting, I wanted to capture all the excitement, color and spirit of the wonderful solstice parade of carnival characters. This has been a year of so much tragedy in our small community, so this year the solstice theme is Heroes- paying tribute to all the courageous men and women who came to our rescue." 

Click here to read about this year's theme "Heroes"



About the 2017 Summer Solstice Poster Art

Caroline Hambright’s “Solstice System”
Winner of 2017

Poster & T-shirt Contest

Each year, there is an artistic competition for the Santa Barbara Summer Solstice T-shirt and poster design. The 43rd annual parade and festival theme is “Celebrating Unity.”  We received many wonderful works of art that exemplified this theme and we are proud to announce the winner - Caroline Hambright and her artwork “Solstice Universe!”


About Caroline Hambright 

Caroline Hambright has been drawing since she could hold a pencil, obsessed with capturing the world around her. Born in Los Angeles, she moved to Santa Barbara with her family when she was ten. One of the first graduating classes from Santa Barbara High’s VADA, Caroline went on to study art at SBCC and San Francisco State, where she received her BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in printmaking. Caroline’s art has been featured around Santa Barbara and San Francisco. Now she teaches art, math, and reading to Kindergarten through sixth grade at Brandon Elementary. Her other interests include singing and playing guitar in her local band, Babetown Classic, and designing and creating sets for local theatrical productions. She will also be the lead on a new youth Solstice Summer camp in June. Stay tuned for details, coming soon! 

The Story behind “Solstice Universe” by Caroline Hambright

When I moved to Santa Barbara at ten years old, I was afraid this town, with its chic vibe, would not be accepting of an eccentric artist such as myself. Then, my sister’s dance teacher, Steven Lovelace, asked me to help him work on a float for the Summer Solstice Parade. This experience with Solstice helped me feel accepted in the community. I knew I would be OK here. In fact, better than OK. I knew I had found my people. For me, Summer Solstice is a joyous time. The days are long, the weather is warm, and school’s out. It is a time to celebrate humanity and togetherness. 

“Solstice System” was inspired by my experience with the Solstice Parade. First and foremost, it is the individuals, the different planets, working together to make something gigantic and awe-inspiring. Steven Lovelace is the Sun, the conductor of the orchestra. Jupiter is Pali X, one of my favorite local artists and a Solstice veteran. DJ Darla Bea, an old friend of mine, is spunky Saturn. Other characters and celestial bodies are amalgamations of people I have seen over the years participating in the Solstice parade.  That is what Solstice is about; letting your imagination soar, not being afraid to be yourself around other people, and celebrating the unique, wild-haired, creative beauty in us all. 



About the 2016 Summer Solstice Poster Art

Owen Duncan was the winner of the 2016 Poster & t-shirt contest. 
Owen Duncan is a graphic artist who lives and works in Santa Barbara.

This design was originally carved in leather by Owen and then adapted to print.  It features a heroine and a magical creature from an ancient tale of myth and lore.  The inspiration for the imagery came from Celtic and Nordic carvings.  With this piece, Owen wanted to create an original design that would feature symbolic imagery while incorporating the knot shapes from the Celtic and Nordic traditions where often elements are visually intertwined, and you can't always tell whether things are fighting or embracing.  In this design, female and male power, humanity and nature, wisdom and force, are intertwined showing the interconnections and ambiguity.  You can see more of Owen's leather work at



Beauty beasts OwnenDuncan

A History of the Solstice Posters

Since the beginning of the Summer Solstice Celebration, there has been a flier or poster announcing the Celebration to the community. Michael Gonzales, the originator of the Solstice Celebration, designed the early fliers and posters. Since the first poster competition in 1974, local artists have submitted their artwork in January or February and we have a show featuring the submitted artwork and encourage the community to vote for their favorite.

Sales of our Poster, T-Shirt and Hats generate revenue that contributes towards producing the Solstice Celebration Festival and Parade.

These products are sold online, at local events and through the Solstice administrative office. You can visit our Solstice Store today or visit our archives to review shirts or posters from years past. A limited number of archive posters are $25 and are available by contacting the Summer Solstice office at (805) 965-3396 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate which year you are interested in. Usually, only the current year’s shirts are available online, but vintage Solstice products are sold at the Festival in Alameda Park.