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Alcatraz East
Annual Graffiti Art Contest
October 1, 2022

Spectators are welcome to watch the artists create their graffiti from 8am- 12pm. Viewing is located in the museum parking lot.

About the Contest:

Graffiti Photo HeaderGraffiti is defined as images or lettering scratched, scrawled, painted or marked in any manner on buildings, bridges, or other surfaces. Graffiti may appear as anything from simply words to elaborate murals. However, it is also considered vandalism and can be an eyesore and economic burden in underused or abandon areas. To combat this costly problem, many cities have organized designated graffiti art spaces, or business owners have partnered with local artists to create murals on their properties.

Through this contest, Alcatraz East brings attention to creative solutions and partnerships, and provides street artists with an opportunity to showcase their talents and techniques. Judged by local law enforcement and art professionals, finalists will compete for cash prizes and the chance to have their winning pieces exhibited inside the museum!


  • 1st place: $1,200
  • 2nd place: $800
  • 3rd place: $500

Terms Of The Contest
The deadline for entry is September 1, 2022 and you will be notified of your eligibility by September 7, 2022. Please make sure you keep the contest date open from 6am-12pm for the actual event.

Submissions for the 2022 contest have closed. We hope to see you at the event!

Feedback from participants

“Thank you and everyone else involved on putting this wonderful event together and for giving me the opportunity to showcase my art! This has been such a magical experience for me and I hope to see more events like this in the future. I have nothing but positive feedback for this event!” – William Love

“Everyone competing was very kind and it was inspiring to see all different artists with different talents, backgrounds, mediums, and ideas come together and celebrate their art.” – Emily Overbey

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