MADFest 2021

The MADFest 2021 Virtual Awards Ceremony video drops Friday, April 23rd, at 12 noon.

Click here to watch the Virtual Awards Ceremony video.

Meet the 2021 MADFest Jurors, Mark Ott and Jacinda Walker. Read more about their careers on our Jurors Page.

"Tiny Bookmaking" Virtual Workshop

Sarah Davis, professor of Visual Communication Design at West Liberty ([email protected]) presented a virtual workshop to area high school students as a part of MADFest 2021.

“Tiny Bookmaking”

How can we create a private visual reminder of what inspires us? Or, how can we invite others to experience our world and share how we see? This workshop explores the blending of book as art with an introduction to easy bookmaking skills. Participants will learn bookmaking basics by creating a fully functional, tiny book customized from various materials. All participants will create a uniquely personal book they can take with them as a personal token for uplifting encouragement or to share with others at the end of the workshop.

A basic materials list will be sent to participants that will include easy to find recycled materials, a basic adhesive such as Elmer’s Glue, thin cardboard, string, scissors, markers, pencils, paints, and other easy to find optional materials.

The WLU MADFest 2021 Student Design Team is:

  • Jub Delbrugge
  • Connory Eisen
  • Lexus Ficca
  • Jamie Fogle
  • Abbie Henry
  • Karleigh Kowcheck

MADFest 2021

The MADFest Competition opened on Monday, January 11, 2021 and the deadline has been EXTENDED to 11pm on March 15, 2021.

The Virtual Awards Ceremony will be released in April 2021.

As always, we’ll have professionals from various arts industries serve as Guest Jurors for the MADFest Competition.

Due to restrictions, we cannot host our normal festival on campus this Spring. 🙁 So, we’re bringing the Festival to you via Zoom. The MADFest Workshop Menu lists the workshops we will offer and you will be able to request a workshop specifically for your class(es). MADFest Workshops will take place April 12-16, 2021.

Important Dates

  • January 11, 2021 – MADFest Competition Opens
  • February 15, 2021 – MADFest Workshop Menu and Workshop Request Form open
  • March 15, 2021 – MADFest Competition EXTENDED to the 15th
  • April 12-16, 2021 – MADFest Intro Video, Virtual Workshops, and Virtual Awards Ceremony

MADFest 2020 Recap

MADFest 2020 Virtual Awards Ceremony

The High School Audio 3rd-place winner is Daniel Hamilton from Brooke High School. He was mistakenly referred to as “David” Hamilton. The WLU Traditional 2nd-place winner is Hannah Holbert, mistakenly referred to a “Laura” Holbert. We apologize for these errors.

Click here to see a complete summary of all winners and read comments from our Guest Jurors.

All MADFest 2020 Entries are now Online!

Click the images below to see/hear all 450+ entries from High School and WLU students.
If you have any further questions, please email us: [email protected]

Original music, Radio spot, Audio documentary, Other
Digital imaging, Graphic design, Digital illustration, Animation.
Any traditional artistic format, technique or medium. Includes drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed-media/collage, printmaking, and photography.
Short film, Documentary, Commercial, Other

MADFest is sponsored by the College of Arts and Communication and the WLU Foundation

We want to thank our MADFest 2020 Student Designers:

Nate Wilhelm, art director, illustrator
Lauren Anderson, graphic designer
Samantha Snyder, social media graphics

The MADFest 2020 Competition has more than 450 entries!

Thank you to everyone who submitted their art! Even though the ceremony and workshops for April 17 have been cancelled, we will still run the competition. You’ll be hearing more from us soon.

MADFest 2020 By The Numbers

  • High School Entries: 322
  • High Schools that entered work: 20 – Avella, Bellaire, Belle Vernon Area, Bridgeport, Brooke, Buckeye Local, Calhoun County, Elizabeth Forward, Harrison Central Career Center, Indian Creek, Jefferson County Joint Vocational, John Marshall, The Linsly School, Magnolia, Martins Ferry, Monroe Central, Parkersburg, Union Local, Upper St. Clair, Weir
  • WLU Entries: 143
  • Total Audio Entries: 19
  • Total Digital Entries: 174
  • Total Traditional Entries: 240
  • Total Video Entries: 32
  • Total Entries: 465

Download Printable 2020 MADFest Posters: 11 x 17 or 8.5 x 11

For the 2019 MADFest recap, visit