DMACC Announces Fourth Annual ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest in Collaboration with Court Avenue Brewing

Posted 1/23/2023

​​​​Artists asked to incorporate the ciLive! 14 ‘Be Your Own Superhero’ theme into their designs

  • The ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest is held in conjunction with the annual ciLive! at DMACC Speaker Series, which is now in its 14th year.

  • The deadline to enter this year’s contest is Feb. 19, and prizes of $500, $300 and $100 will be awarded to the top-three designs in both the root beer and beer label design categories.

  • The winning designs will also be featured on custom ciLive! 14 bottles produced by Court Avenue Brewing Co.

Calling all artists! DMACC and Court Avenue Brewing Co. are excited to announce the Fourth Annual ciLive! Bottl​e Label Contest​ in conjunction with ciLi​ve! 14. The popular and free ciLive! at DMACC Speaker Series – also known as Celebrate! Innovation Live – is marking its 14th year this Spring and will be held March 9, 2023, in-person at the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines. Free livestreaming of all speaker presentations will also be available via e360tv.

The ciLive! Bottle Label Design contest, which was first held in 2020, has received submissions from around the world since its inception. The contest offers a unique opportunity for artists to interpret and incorporate the ciLive! theme into an original design that will be featured on a custom ciLive! 14 bottle label produced by Court Avenue Brewing Co. in Des Moines. This year’s ciLive! theme is “Be Your Own Superhero,” and the bottle label design contest will again include both root beer and beer label categories. Entries will be judged based on originality, creativity, quality and how well the ciLive! 14 theme is incorporated. Prizes of $500, $300 and $100 will be awarded to the top-three designs in each of the two categories.

“We’ve been so impressed by the creative submissions the ciLive! Bottle Label Design Contest has received in the past three years, and we can’t wait to see what artists come up with in 2023,” said Dr. Anthony Paustian, founder of ciLive! at DMACC and Provost at the DMACC West Campus.

Speakers at ciLi​ve! 14 will include John Ratzenberger, an actor and director who is best known for playing Cliff on the beloved TV sitcom “Cheers” and for voicing many PIXAR characters; Molly Bloom, the best-selling author of “Molly’s Game,” a memoir that chronicles her journey from a college student and Los Angeles waitress to founder and operator of the largest and most notorious private poker game in the world; Mitch Matthews, the host of the top-ranked “DREAM THINK DO” podcast; Alex Weber, the only person to both host and compete on NBC’s Emmy-nominated series “American Ninja Warrior”; Dr. Shawna Pandya, a physician, aquanaut, scientist-astronaut, martial artist and advanced underwater diver; and Kenny & Friends, featuring Grammy Award-winning drummer Kenny Aronoff, who was named one of the “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine, with bass guitarist James LoMenzo and guitarist Brent Woods, who have both performed with a long list of popular musicians (click to watch a video announcing this year’s speakers).

ciLive! has been hosted by the DMACC West Campus in West Des Moines since the event’s inception in 2010. The West Campus began receiving national recognition for its modern approach to learning soon after campus construction was completed in 2001. Through partnerships with a variety of hardware and software developers, as well as providers of academic content, emerging technologies continue to be an integral part of the DMACC West Campus learning environment.

Contest categories, deadlines and prizes

The ciLive! Bottle Label Contest root beer label design category is open to anyone age 20 or younger, with parental consent required for entrants under the age of 18.

Separately, the beer label design category is open to anyone age 21 or older with the exception of DMACC employees, who are not eligible to enter. This year’s beer is a lager with the following ingredients: malt (pilsner), yeast (Bavarian lager) and hops (Nelson Sauvin, Cashmere and Mittelfrüh).

The deadline to submit artwork files by email to is 11:59 p.m. CST on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023. Submissions sent by postal mail must be postmarked no later than Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. 

Entries will be reviewed by a panel of five ciLi​ve! 14​ judges on the criteria of originality, creativity, quality and, most importantly, relevance to the “Be Your Own Superhero” theme. The judges will select the top six entries in each category (root beer and beer), and these finalists, along with the public, will be asked to attend an official awards ceremony at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, at the DMACC West Campus. The first, second and third-place winners in each of the two categories will be announced at this event.

Prizes will be awarded in the following amounts: First place ($500), second place ($300) and third place ($100). Additionally, each first-place winner will be invited to enjoy a complimentary celebratory dinner for themselves and one guest at Court Avenue Brewing Co. in Des Moines.

The winning artists and their designs from previous contests can be viewed online at

Artwork guidelines

Artists are encouraged to use their own creativity as they interpret the “Be Your Own Superhero” theme; however, all entries must be free of discriminatory aspects and/or explicit language.

Designs may be submitted in the form of a photograph (black & white or color), a painting, a drawing or a sketch. All artwork must be 2D and flat. For digital submissions, Vector-based art (i.e., Adobe Illustrator) is preferred. Entries can be mailed if hand-created or emailed to if created as digital files. Please carefully review the guidelines at, where the official contest artwork template, contest entry form, detailed submission requirements and complete contest rules can be found.

For more information, contact: Jennifer Julich, 515-633-2405,​

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