Show Your Best.

Show is for YOU. Whether you’re a graphic designer, web developer, photographer, illustrator, animator, interior designer, apparel designer, architect or whatever else—if you do creative work, we know you’ve done something you’re exceptionally proud of in the past year.

Show is for every kind of design. It’s your chance to share your best work with the rest of Nebraska and connect with our state’s stellar creative community.

Be a part of design’s biggest night of the year!

Register for Exhibit

How It’s Done


August 14, 2017 -
September 9, 2017

Early Call for Entries


October 2, 2017 -
October 13, 2017

First Round Judging

Physical Entry

October 16, 2017 -
October 27, 2017

Second Call for Entries


November 4, 2017

KANEKO 1111 Jones Street • Omaha, NE 68102 Members: Free! | Non-Members: $10

First Round Entry

All first round entries are in digital format only, and may be submitted from August 14th to September 29th. Show accepts entries for work which was published or created between September 26th, 2016 and September 26th, 2017. Work which has won awards in other competitions is still eligible to be entered in Show.

Student pricing is available to current students and graduates within the past year if the project in question was created under the guidance of an instructor at an educational institution while the entrant was a student there. Student and professional work is judged independently, but the categories are the same for both.

You may enter the same piece in more than one category if you believe it should be evaluated according to standards of excellence for each category. (For example, you may enter the same piece in both the Illustration and Web categories.) However, each will be treated as an individual and independent entry, so we require that you submit separate entry forms, fees, and digital files for each one.

Questions? Check out our FAQ for more info.

Prep Your Work

Uploaded images must adhere to the following requirements:

  • To maintain the integrity of the judging process and keep entries anonymous, imagery and descriptions will be reviewed by AIGA Nebraska prior to being passed to the judges. Any work which states the identity of the designer or design team—either in the description or imagery—will be removed from the judging pool (unless it is entered in the Self Promotion category or if the identity is contained within the design).
  • A maximum of two image files may be submitted for each entry. The layout and content of each file is up to the entrant, however, and may include multiple views.
  • The image dimensions are left to the entrant’s discretion, but the file size for each image must not exceed 800kb .
  • Entrants’ image files must be named following this naming convention for each entry: EntrantLastName_EntrantFirstName_1.jpg. EntrantLastName_EntrantFirstName_2.jpg.
  • Accepted file types are: .gif, .jpg, .jpeg and .png.

Entry Pricing

$35 Member
$50 Non-Member
$15 Student Member
$25 Student Non-Member

First call for entries: 08/14–09/09
Late call for entries: 09/10–9/30
Entries submitted after September 9th will incur a $5 late fee.

All entries must be paid online via credit card at the time of entry.

Join AIGA Nebraska now to receive your member discount. (It pays for itself after enough entries and comes with many more benefits!)


Clothing and accessories.

Application Design

Layout and functionality of applications and software intended for desktop, mobile or other platforms.


Cover designs and/or interior layouts of published books. Please indicate if you designed the interior, cover or both.

Corporate Communications

Newsletters, standards manuals, press kits, annual reports, investor communications, etc.

Environment & Experience

Multiple media or a single medium engaging an audience intellectually and emotionally. Includes installations, interiors, and other real-time experiences.

Experimental & Unpublished

Professional work that has not been produced, for whatever reason; or work that is of a purely conjectural or entertaining nature.


Pictorial matter used to explain or decorate a text/layout. May include drawing, painting, pen-and-ink, woodcut, mixed media, etc.

Information Design

Charts, maps, graphs, schedules, forms and way-finding systems that intend to clarify the complex.

Logo & Identity System

Singular logos as well as their implementations dictating color, typography, imagery, voice, etc.

Motion & Video

Animation and live action footage.

Packaging & Product Design

Consumer packaging, labels, shopping bags, music albums, etc. in addition to industrial and product design.


Published photos including architecture, lifestyle, still life, etc.


Though frequently a part of promotional design, this medium deserves its own category. Must be larger than 11" x 17". Anything 11" x 17" and below should be entered into the promotional design category.

Promotional Design

Works designed to introduce, sell or promote products, ideas, or events. May include print advertising, invitations, announcements, direct mail, guerrilla, etc.


Magazines (whole issues or individual articles), catalogs, newspapers, journals, etc.


Design by the entrant, for the entrant.


Web design

Websites intended for desktop, mobile, or other platforms.

First Round Judging

The first round of judging takes place from October 2nd to October 13th. During this time, Show judges review the image files submitted with each entry and select the most outstanding pieces. Those entries will move on to the second round for the judges to assess and critique in person.

Second Round

Entrants whose work is selected for the second round of Show judging will be contacted by AIGA Nebraska by October 16th. These entrants will be notified as to which of their entries were selected for the second round, and will receive instructions on how to deliver a mounted version of their entries for judging and display at the event. Entrants will have approximately two weeks to prepare their physical entries for delivery/drop off at a location to be determined in both Lincoln and Omaha.


All entries must be mounted on black matte board, which MUST measure either 15”×20” or 20”×30”. Orientation and content is up to the entrant, but winning work which exceeds these dimensions will not be hung on the wall (for the integrity of both the work and the walls at Kaneko). Entries physically larger than 20”×30” may be submitted in the form of a 8”×10” or 11”×14” photograph mounted on black matte board. If more than one board is needed, boards must be securely and neatly fastened/hinged together with binder clips, not taped. Even in this case, the dimensions of the entry when flat/folded must remain either 15”×20” or 20”×30”.

Special consideration may be given for entries which, due to the nature of the work, are difficult or impossible to display according to the above requirements. Contact the Director of Show or Show Co-Chair with accommodation requests.


Entrants whose work reaches the second round may opt to provide physical samples relevant to the entry if desired. Please deliver sample in self-contained box with entry form and matted entry photograph.


It is solely the entrant’s responsibility to pick up any physical entries or samples. Artwork that did not win will be available for pick up at 10:00 p.m. the night of the event until Saturday, November 11th at Kaneko. Artwork that won awards will remain on display for one week. It will be available for pick up at Kaneko on November 11th. Any unclaimed entries will be recycled on November 12th.


Show Time!

An exhibition and celebration of Nebraska’s most outstanding design work. Join us as we celebrate another excellent year in design, and honor its best work and brightest minds. Don’t miss out!

Saturday, November 4, 2017
1111 Jones St
Omaha, NE 68102


AIGA Members: FREE
Non-Members: $10

5:30 PM: Doors open. Mingle and enjoy drinks.
6:00 PM: The event officially kicks off with opening remarks by AIGA Nebraska President Amy Markham, followed by presentations from each of our esteemed judges.
7:00 PM: Exhibit opens. We’ll have food and drinks.

Don’t worry about your trip home!
Book your room at Magnolia Hotel and mention your attendance of AIGA Nebraska Show to receive a discounted room rate. Contact Lindsey Holmes of Magnolia Hotel directly at or 402.231.6009.

RSVP (Coming Soon)