Call for Artists, Dia de los Muertos Commission

Congratulations to the selected artists!!

The results are in!!! Selections for the 2020 Dia de los Muertos Commission Design Contest are as follows:

“Simone” by Mabel Garza

“Amore Eterno” by Malachy McKinney

“Constantina Vistosa” by Marnie Long

“Altar de Oro” by Samantha Casanova

“Calavera Talavera” by Mayra Zamora


We at K Space Contemporary and the Dia de los Muertos Festival thank everyone who participated in the contest. All works submitted to the contest will be exhibited at K Space Contemporary during the Dia de los Muertos Festival in 2021, October 16 through November 19, 2021. 

Congratulations to the selected artists! 

We will be in touch with you by email in the first week of January with details about materials and completion dates for the commissioned works. We are excited about this project and are looking forward to seeing the finished works of art!

Dia de los Muertos Art Collection – Commission Designs

Due to COVID19, the 2020 Dia de los Muertos Festival was limited to online content and gallery exhibitions. Since we did not have a street festival, we’ve decided to commission art for future festivals. So this year, we are starting a Dia de los Muertos Art Collection, which we envision to be a prestigious collection featuring a who’s who among Corpus Christi’s most talented and revered artists.

We are looking for amazing Dia de los Muertos Designs that will become recognized as icons of one of Corpus Christi’s most popular events!!!! From the designs submitted, the Dia de los Muertos Festival Committee and K Space Contemporary Board of Directors will select five designs to be enlarged to 6’ x 8’ paintings. Selected artists will be paid $1000 for their finished commission paintings. K Space will provide canvas, primer, paint, sealer and instructions.

Commissioned paintings will be exhibited at K Space Contemporary in 2021 during Dia de los Muertos. Afterwards, the commissioned 6’ x 8’ paintings will be exhibited year after year in various locations as part of the festival. We hope to add one new work of art to the collection annually.

Over 20,000 people attend the Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos Festival each year and an additional 2,500+ visit our galleries during the weeks surrounding the festival. Don’t let this opportunity to pass you by!

Calendar: Deadline has been extended and dates have changed!!!!

Dec. 18, 2020 (midnight):  Deadline (EXTENDED) for Submissions

Dec. 27, 2020: Selections Announced and Commissions Awarded

Feb. 28, 2021: Commissioned paintings must be completed

Oct. 15 – Nov. 12, 2021: Dia de los Muertos Art Collection Exhibit at K Space Contemporary


  1. Artists may submit 1 – 3 designs for consideration. There is no entry fee.

  2. Open to artists age 18 years and up who live and work within 60 miles of Corpus Christi or have participated as an Arts & Crafts Expo Vendor at the Corpus Christi Dia de los Muertos Festival.

  3. If selected, Artists must be able to enlarge their design to 6’ wide x 8’ tall and paint it on canvas using acrylic paint.

  4. Designs must be created in a vertical format.  (longest side vertical)  This means that the finished piece will be 6-foot wide by 8-foot tall.

  5. Design Size: For your design, use one of the following standard sizes which correspond in ratio (1.33) to the enlarged painting size:  6”x 8”,  9”x 12”, 13.5”x 18”, 15”x 20”, 18”x 24”, 30″ x 40″

  6. Designs must be original.

  7. Designs must reflect the beauty, joy and whimsy of Dia de los Muertos.

  8. Designs must incorporate Dia de los Muertos subject matter: Sugar Skull(s), skeleton characters, dancing skeletons, dog or cat skeletons, an altar, etc.

  9. We are seeking bold designs that can be seen from a distance.

  10. Designs must be fully rendered, finished and in color (unless your design is only black and white). Impress the review committee with a design that is as close to the final product as possible.


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Texas Commission on the Arts logo

To Submit Your Design(s):

Complete the form below and upload an image(s) of your design by

December 18, 2020

We are no longer accepting submissions.