Arlington, Va. -- Coverings has partnered with the city of Atlanta mayor’s office of cultural affairs to develop a student competition that will create three artistic public benches for Atlanta, Ga.

The competition is accepting submissions through March 1 and is open to Atlanta-area graduate and undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an interior design, architecture, or studio arts program. Three winning structures will receive cash prizes and be built for display at Coverings 2018 from May 8 to 11. Winning structures will be placed in a park in Atlanta following the show.

“Our partnership with the city of Atlanta gives us the opportunity to highlight the unique perspective of students, while showcasing the impact that tile artistry can have on a community” said Jennifer Hoff, president of Taffy Events, the management company for Coverings. “We’re thrilled to return to Atlanta for the first time in five years this May and to further build relationships with local students and communities through this competition.”

Designs which consider utilitarian aesthetics and serve a dual purpose as both an object that can be used and an artwork to observe will be given priority. Submitted projects should also incorporate the following key criteria: encouraging community togetherness and engagement; showcasing the versatility of tile; highlighting the vibrancy of Atlanta; and providing a sense of pride.

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