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6th Annual Gingerbread Invitational: Advancing Women

The Rockwell Museum is pleased to announce the Sixth Annual Gingerbread Invitational − a fun, artful gingerbread competition for baking enthusiasts and community members of all skill levels.

The Gingerbread Invitational is made possible with support from Ellen and John O’Hare.

We invite you to enter your innovative design for the chance to be one of (up to) 12 artists featured in a special holiday exhibition. This year, Rockwell programming and exhibitions revolve around the theme of Advancing Women. In this spirit, design a gingerbread creation inspired by a woman historical figure, author, character or architect!

We encourage you to think outside the box for this year’s challenge, and be sure to tell us about your inspiration in your application!

Gingerbread Invitational – 2020 Guidelines and Application

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HOW IT WORKS – Please note important changes to this year’s program

  • Interested individuals/teams must submit their application, including a design sketch, by October 21, 2020. It’s important to follow all of the size and materials specifications (see page 3).
  • Up to 12 submissions will be selected to be featured in The Gingerbread Invitational. Each artist/team will then have approximately 1 month to create their design, and drop it off at The Rockwell Museum on the designated date.
  • At drop-off, each team will be awarded a $50 honorarium in the form of a VISA gift card to help compensate them for their materials.
  • Throughout the exhibition, visitors to The Rockwell will vote on their favorite gingerbread creations – the winner of the Community Choice Award will be announced toward the end of the exhibition.
  • Please note: Due to social distancing guidelines, we are not able to host an exhibition opening reception this year. However, Holiday Open House (free admission) has been extended to two weekends to ensure you can show off your creation to your family and friends.
  • Gingerbread Invitational – 2020 Guidelines and Application

PRIZES

  • All participants will receive thank-you honorariums in the form of a $50 VISA gift card, plus swag bags featuring gifts from the Museum Store and ceramic medallions created by local artist Colleen McCall.
  • Community Choice Award Winner – $250 + Ceramic Trophy by Colleen McCall

TIMELINE

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | Gingerbread Invitational application deadline

Friday, October 23, 2020 | Artist selection announced – artists informed via e-mail

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | Artists drop off creations to The Rockwell Museum for photography and installation.

Saturday, November 21, 2020 |  Exhibition open to the public. Public voting launches!

December 5 & 6, 2020, December 12 & 13, 2020 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Holiday Open House. Free admission for all ages, all weekend.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 | Final day of exhibition; Community Choice Winner Announced

Monday, January 4, 2021 | Artists pick up their creations if they wish – others will be discarded

Gingerbread Invitational – 2020 Guidelines and Application


Past Exhibitions

Gingerbread Invitational 2019: My Dream Home
Photo Album

Community Choice Award: Lindsay Traver | “Tudor Revival”

Gingerbread Invitational 2018: Fantastical Future 
Photo Album

First Place: Gina Traylor, Lauren Milano, Mary Milano | “Wegmans 2116”
Second Place: Tuscarora Elementary Art Club | “The Future of Addison CSD”
Third Place: Kristen Merritt, Amanda Gantert, Christopher Knitter | “Civic Center on the Hill”
Community Choice Award: Tuscarora Elementary Art Club | “The Future of Addison CSD”

Gingerbread Invitational 2017 
Photo Album

First Place: Ryan Anderson, in partnership with Card Carrying Books and Gifts | Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester, NY
Second Place: LaDonna Costello, Eldridge Park Carousel of Elmira, NY
Third Place: Kristen Merritt, Christopher Knitter, Amanda Gantert | Elmira Heights Theater
Community Choice Award: Ryan Anderson, in partnership with Card Carrying Books and Gifts | Susan B. Anthony House, Rochester, NY

Gingerbread Invitational 2016
Photo Album

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
Photo Album

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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