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Rain Barrel Design Competition

Step 1: Submit your best design on the Rain Barrel Competition Form. Approximate dimensions: 35'x72'
Step 2: If your design wins, you will receive a rain barrel to paint.
Step 3: Decorate your rain barrel with your winning design.

A rain barrel is a plastic container that catches water runoff from roofs that would otherwise be lost to runoff and diverted to storm drains, streams, and lakes. The rain barrel sits under a gutter down spout and stores the rainwater for later use to water plants and gardens. In an effort to conserve water, Destination Green is teaming up with Buildings & Grounds to install rain barrels around campus. But we don’t want just any plain old rain barrel. We are seeking artists to put their talents to work turning our boring barrels into works of art to be placed throughout campus.

How the Contest Works

Create a design on the Rain Barrel Competition Form and if it’s picked by our judges, you’ll have the opportunity to recreate your art on an actual rain barrel, donated to the college by Coca-Cola. We’ll also throw in paints and supplies for you to paint your masterpiece. Depending on the number of entries, the rain barrel may be placed around campus or auctioned off by Destination Green as a club fundraiser.

The Particulars of the Contest

  • Fill out the Rain Barrel Competition Form, sign the release and draw your design horizontally within the designated area. Be creative! Drawings must be submitted to the Student Success Center by Friday, April 5, 2013.
  • The Rain Barrel Art Competition is open to all Virginia Highlands Community College students, employees and alumni as well as local community artist.  Entries must be original artwork. Advertising, religious, political or inappropriate messages or designs will not be accepted. Please use good judgment and create appropriate designs for the campus.
  • All drawings and rain barrels become the property of Virginia Highlands Community College and may be displayed or reproduced at its discretion.
  • Judging will be done by a panel of Destination Green Club and VHCC Landscape Committee members.
  • The chosen artists will be notified in early April and receive the rain barrel and art supplies. Barrels must be painted and submitted by the end of the semester.

Download the Guidelines with Rain Barrel Competition Form
Download the Rain Barrel Competition Form Only


Contact Brandon Moore, Destination Green President at or Kim Morton, Destination Green Advisor at

Last updated: 9/10/2014 2:38:56 PM