•   almost 6 years ago

Can we see the submitted designs?

Fully understand that the winning design will be selected by the panel of expert artists, but can we at least see the various designs that were submitted?

  • 12 comments

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I agree.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I'd like to see the submitted designs as well.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I read that the designs will be placed in a public gallery on this site after all submissions that qualify for judging have been chosen.

  • Moderator   •   almost 6 years ago

    The designs are not going to be put in a gallery for public viewing. I'm not sure where you have read that.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I am not sure either. I'll have to check my browser history from last week and see what I can find.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    Hi Amy, I could not find the page on this site. Could it have been on a submission confirmation page or Q&A page somewhere???

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    Now that you mention it Chris C, I have a very vague recollection about something like that as well but I'll be danged if I've been able to find it again anywhere. Now I'm wondering if maybe it is something I saw on some OTHER challenge entirely. Most challenges do post the submissions for public review.

    In any case, when I realized that no one from NEH had ever bothered to respond to any of the other questions raised on this discussion board, I figured that means that no one at NEH has been given the responsibility of paying any attention here so my question isn't likely to get a response either. So I hunted up the the original news story where NEH announced the medal design competition and found the "media contact" person's (Paula Wasley) email address and sent her the following message:

    " I doubt that you are the proper person to whom this should be directed but your name was given as the media contact when the competition was originally announced so I'm hoping you can forward my question to the correct individual at NEH. The competition for the National Humanities Medal has now closed. I understand that the winning design will be selected from among the entrants by a team of expert artists however, it would be nice to be able to view all the submitted entries. Can the submissions please be made public?"

    Maybe if enough of us contact her, she'll actually pass the message along and we'll get some kind of response!

    Her email is pwasley@neh.gov
    Or, if you feel really strongly, you could even call her. Paula Wasley at (202) 606-8424

  • Moderator   •   almost 6 years ago

    Hello everyone in this discussion,
    I am sorry if you had the understanding that the submissions were going to be posted for public viewing or voting, but that was never the case. There are many competitions on challenge.gov that do post publicly, so that may be where the confusion began. If you have any questions you can e-mail me directly at alifson@neh.gov. My phone number is 202-606-8441.
    Amy Lifson
    Assistant Editor
    National Endowment for the Humanities
    1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC 20506

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    I read it on the Q&A page link I received with my submission confirmation email:

    http://help.challengepost.com/Submissions.html

    It is one of the bullet points under "a) Review process":

    "Your submission will only be made publicly visible after it is reviewed and deemed eligible."

    It must be referring to other challenges.

  • Moderator   •   almost 6 years ago

    I guess the Q and A is something generic from challenge.gov. Sorry for any confusion.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    It would seem that an open competition to redesign a public (federal) medal would also allow the public to express their preferences on the various designs -- even if the judges intend to ignore the public consensus. Why should the review process be secret? It doesn't seem to fit with the participatory concept of this program. But hey, that is just my humble opinion.

  •   •   almost 6 years ago

    At the very least, it would be nice to see the submissions upon announcement of the winner.

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