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AIC - Shatter Rupture Break

The AIC - Shatter Rupture Break challenge winners are here!

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printed designs / 46,297 votes placed

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The challenge was

Submit a design inspired by the theme Shatter Rupture Break

A century ago, the world experienced tremendous change as a cultural shift into modernism produced a profoundly new understanding of society and life.

Advancements in technology and the global effect of World War I resulted in conflicting feelings of exhilaration and anxiety, and traditional ideals were questioned, overturned, and reinvented. As artists responded to this revolutionary age, a central theme of fragmentation and rupture emerged in their work. Kicking off our new, ongoing series with the Art Institute, this challenge encourages you to create a design inspired by the notion of Shatter Rupture Break.

Challenge conventional methods of depth and illusionism like artist Robert Delaunay, explore unexpected collage techniques like artist George Grosz, or reimagine the fractured self like artist Hans Bellmer. Design in any style you see fit, as long as you use the theme to drive your idea. Seek inspiration from the exhibition to create an original design that shatters our expectations, ruptures the norm, breaks free of tradition.

scoring challenge:

Score 50 designs from this challenge between 2/17 and 3/20 for your chance at $100 in Threadcash. One randomly chosen scorer will win!

Challenge Details

  • $2,000 cash

  • $500 Threadless Gift Code

  • The ultimate modern art book library curated by the Art Institute of Chicago

  • The winning design will be unveiled and featured digitally on the walls of the museum at the Art Institute's After Dark event on Friday, April 10 in front of over a thousand art aficionados.

  • Plus, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive a portion of profits for each tee sold. Read more...

Designs from this challenge

AIC - Shatter Rupture Break

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute hosts about 40 special exhibitions a year and collects and displays works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. The museum was recently chosen by TripAdvisor as the #1 museum in the world.