Third Annual Gingerbread Invitational | Holiday Season 2017

The Rockwell Museum is now accepting applications for the Third Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition and exhibition with a focus on historic landmarks and architecture in the beloved region surrounding historic Corning, NY.

The Rockwell invites chefs, bakeries, and pastry enthusiasts to enter their innovative design for the chance to be one of (up to) 13 artists featured in a special holiday exhibition, The Gingerbread Invitational. The Community Choice Award winner will be chosen by visitors to The Rockwell voting throughout the exhibition.

Gingerbread Invitational 2017 – Guidelines and Application  Submit by November 1, 2017

How it works

  • Interested individuals should submit their application, including a design sketch, by (DEADLINE EXTENSION) November 1, 2017. Designs must follow all of the size and materials specifications.
  • Up to 13 submissions will be selected to be featured in The Gingerbread Invitational. Each artist will then have approximately 1 month to create their design, and drop it off at The Rockwell Museum on the designated date.
  • A panel of judges will announce three Judges’ Choice winners, who will be honored at the Gingerbread Invitational Awards Ceremony, to be held November 30, 2017.
  • Throughout the exhibition, visitors to The Rockwell will vote on their favorite gingerbread creations – the winner of the Community Choice Award will be announced after the exhibition ends.


Deadline Extension:
November 1, 2017 | 
Gingerbread Invitational application deadline

Wednesday, October 18, 2017  | Artist selection announced

Monday, November 20, 2017 | Artists drop off creations to The Rockwell Museum for photography and installation

Friday, November 24, 2017 | Exhibition open to the public. Public voting launches during Urban Arts Crawl!

Thursday, November 30, 2017 | Gingerbread Invitational Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony for artists, public and Rockwell Museum Members

December 2 & 3, 2017 | Sparkle and Holiday Open House. Gingerbread-themed games, art activities, shopping, photo opportunities and more.

Sunday, December 31, 2017 | Final day of exhibition

Tuesday, January 2, 2018 | Artists pick up their creations if they wish – others will be discarded.

Friday, January 5, 2018 | Community Choice Winner Announced


Participants and media should contact Willa Vogel at The Rockwell Museum:
Desk: 607-974-4830 | Mobile: 607-438-0321 |

Gingerbread Invitational 2017 – Guidelines and Application  November 1, 2017

Past Exhibitions

Gingerbread Invitational 2016    See all photos

First Place: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY
Second Place: Wegmans Bakery | “Heart of Corning” – Centerway Square
Third Place: Barbara Mack of Corning Pie Works | Corning Fire Department
Community Choice Award: Ann Cady, Colleen McCall, and Martha Easton | Mark Twain Study, Elmira, NY

Gingerbread Invitational 2015   See all photos

First Place: Amber Colby of ‘Cuse Cakes | Historic Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse 
Second Place: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion
Third Place: Emily Elizabeth Smith, Tiffany Williams, Jessi Moore, Mandy Kritzeck and Alexandra Ruggiero | First Presbyterian Church in Bath, NY. 
Community Choice Award: LaDonna Costello | Watkins Glen State Park South Pavilion


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