Seeking: Illustrators for Centennial Artwork

In 2012, Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th anniversary. Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, the nation’s eighth largest Girl Scout council, seeks to commission an illustration by an emerging female illustrator to commemorate this significant milestone.

We will use the theme “Inspiring Generations of Girls Who Change the World” in public relations efforts throughout the anniversary year. With this theme in mind, the illustration should provide a compelling representation of Girl Scouting that connects our first 100 years with the next 100 – evoking the power of the “long green line” of women role models, who have built strong girls/strong leaders since 1912, and conveying the continued relevance and vitality of an all-girl organization in the 21st century.

The target audiences for the illustration include River Valleys’ 48,000 girl members, 18,000 adult volunteers, 400,000+ alumnae in Minnesota, and donors. Secondary audiences include other Girl Scout councils across the country and their constituents. We intend to use the illustration to produce a run of prints, posters, and other commemorative products to be determined. All rights to the illustration are to become the property of River Valleys. The artist retains the right to use artwork for self-promotion.

Commission Details

Three semifinalists will be selected on the basis of the application materials described below. Each semifinalist will receive a $500 stipend to produce at least three pencil sketches of illustrations to be considered by our Centennial Illustration Selection Committee. The illustrator we select from among the semifinalists will receive an additional $5,500 upon completion of the illustration.

Application Requirements and Deadline

  • Interested illustrators are asked to submit the following by 5 p.m. on July 8. Please note that submitted materials will not be returned.
    1.Resume (PDF format), including past client work (if any).
    2.10-15 .jpg images of representative work. (Total file size may not exceed 40MB for the entire submission.) For each image, please include a brief description of the client or project for which the work was produced.
    3.Answers to the following questions (no more than 100 words per answer, please):
  • What are your impressions of or experience with Girl Scouts?
  • Why are you interested in this commission?
  • If selected, would you be willing to lead an illustration workshop or similar opportunity for girls?
    4.Names and contact information for three professional references.

Choose Your Submission Option:


Mail a disk containing your digital materials to:

Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys
Attn: Ana Ashby
400 Robert St. S.
St. Paul, MN 55107.

E-mail to tell us that you’ve mailed materials. This will help ensure that we receive your application. Please do not send application materials through e-mail.


  1. Upload your digital materials.
    • Go to
    • Stay on the “Form Upload” tab; this is the default option.
    • Upload a file. (Note: their server will only allow 20MB to be uploaded at a time. Please split your materials accordingly.)
    • Enter your e-mail address into “Your e-mail.”
    • Enter into “Recipients.”
  2. E-mail to tell us that you’ve uploaded materials.

Please do not send application materials through e-mail.

Selection Process Timeline

We anticipate selecting three semifinalists by mid-July 2011. The semifinalists’ pencil sketches will be due by the end of August, and we expect to select the illustrator as soon as possible after that date. The final illustration will be due in the third week of September.

For More Information

Contact Ana Ashby at or 651-251-1278.