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We are proud to announce our finalists!

The winner will be chosen at our Founders’ Night Dinner via approval voting.
The winning entry will be posted on Friday, April 28, 2017.

Fueling the American Dream
Golden Age Fuel

Earth Day is coming!

Environmentalists celebrate by planting trees but they never celebrate the trucks that deliver the trees, or the gas that powers that truck, or the plastic handles of the shovels they use. Fossil fuels supplied by Mother Earth make Earth Day events possible.

Join us in celebrating Earth Day 2017 by submitting your original artwork in our EARTH DAY FOSSIL FUELS ART CONTEST! The theme is “A Celebration of Fossil Fuels”. Solar and wind energy will be celebrated in every other Earth Day event. We want to highlight the work horses of the energy world — fossil fuels. In the 21st Century, so many of us are fortunate to celebrate Earth Day from positions of material wealth and a standard of living derived almost exclusively from fossil-fuel-driven economic development that has lifted scores of people out of poverty through access to affordable power. We believe affordable, reliable, abundant, safe energy and a thriving, clean environment are not mutually exclusive. The choice of energy sources and how they are utilized should come from the demands of an innovative and free market with fossil fuels, wind, and solar competing on an even playing field.

Three semi-finalists will be announced on Earth Day, April 22 on this webpage. The semi-finalists’ entries will be displayed at our Founders’ Night Dinner on Thursday, April 27. Founders’ Night guests will vote on the winner via Approval Voting (Sponsored by ApprovalVotingUSA.org). Approval voting is a single-winner voting method that allows voters to choose any number of candidates. The candidate with the most votes wins. The winner will be announced at Founders’ Night.

All three semi-finalists will receive:

  • $75 in gift cards
  • One ticket to our Founders’ Night Dinner ($250 purchase value)
  • The option to sell their entry in the silent auction at our Founders’ Night Dinner

Third place will also receive:

  • $100 cash

Second place will also receive:

  • $250 cash

The winner will also receive:

  • $919.31 cash
  • One $100 gasoline gift card

We’re not big into rules but we do have a few for the contest.

All entries must be received by April 21, 2017


  • All artwork must be your original work (no clip art, please).
  • This competition is open to artists of all ages. However, any semi-finalists younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult if they wish to attend the Founders’ Night event. All semi-finalists will have the option of purchasing one additional ticket to Founders’ Night at the discounted rate of $100.


  • All media are accepted, however, artwork must be in a format that can be displayed at our Founders’ Night Dinner event.
  • If your submission is chosen as one of the semi-finalists, you have the option of including your piece in our silent auction (see below for details)
  • Entries can be mailed, or hand-delivered to the Independence Institute (727 East 16th Avenue, Denver, CO 80203). Email submissions are not encouraged but will be accepted (mail to tracy@i2i.org), however, if chosen as a semi-finalist, your artwork must be supplied to the Independence Institute by 5 pm on Monday, April 24 in a format that can be displayed at our Founders’ Night event.
  • Artwork must fit on a flat 24” x 24” display space and not be more than 36” tall.
  • Artist statement is not required but is encouraged.
  • By entering this contest, you give the Independence Institute the right to publish images of your artwork.
  • All artwork will be returned to entrants (unless permission is granted for the silent auction) and will be available at the Independence Institute for pick-up after April 27.

Silent Auction

  • Semi-finalists will have the option of including their artwork in a silent auction to be held at the Founders’ Night Dinner.
  • Money from the auction of the artist’s original work will be split 50/50 between the artist and the Independence Institute.
  • Artists may choose to include a reserve price for their piece.
  • All semi-finalists will have the option of purchasing one additional ticket to Founders’ Night 2017 at the discounted rate of $100.

Judging Criteria
The theme is a celebration of fossil fuels. Entries will be judged based on the following elements:

  • How well the artist communicates the theme to viewers
  • The level of creativity and originality used in interpreting the theme
  • The quality of the composition and overall work

There will be three semi-finalists and one winner. Limit one entry per person.  There is no entry fee and purchase of Founders’ Night Dinner tickets is not required to enter. Prize(s) are non-transferable and not redeemable for any other prize.  Need not be present to win. Winner assumes any and all liability for prize(s) including taxes, maintenance, etc. The Independence Institute will take all reasonable precautions with artwork submissions but is not responsible for any incidental damage, theft or loss.

Contact tracy@i2i.org with any questions.