Safe by design image displaying artwork.

Safe By Design

Students, we need your help to keep our Farmingdale State College community safe!

Create a clever, witty, or informative reminder to help stop the spread of COVID -19. President Nader, the Student Government Association, the Public Art Committee, and the Farmingdale College Foundation invite students from all departments to submit their original ideas to help remind the campus community to practice common pandemic safety measures such as proper social distancing, wearing proper face coverings, good hygiene (handwashing, elbow coughing, and sanitizing), and mental health.


Thank you to our student body for all of the fantastic submissions. Congratulations to our three winners. You will be able to see their posters displayed across campus.

Beat Coronavirus Poster
Fatimah Nauman
Wash Your Hands Poster
Esther Sherry
Six Feet Apart Poster
Carol Sung


Students can submit work in all media including but not limited to; drawing, collage, paintings, illustrations, cartoons, photography, and digital work. Three final works will be chosen and incorporated into posters that will be seen throughout the campus in various dimensions on digital monitors, physical posters, and the like. Imagery can be formatted as a horizontal or portrait composition.

*The Public Art Committee representatives reserve the right to crop and adjust final images as needed.


Entries will be juried and three $500 prizes will be awarded to the top submissions! $500 prizes will be awarded as a scholarship for 2020 - 2021 tuition. Students may submit more than one idea but will only be awarded one $500 prize.


All students are welcome to submit their ideas. Please follow the guidelines below.

  • Submissions must be emailed to by August 10, 2020
  • Students may submit a maximum of three submissions
  • The subject line should include: PSAcontest_ArtistName
  • Attached files should be labeled with the artist’s name and title of work. Ex:Yourname_titleofwork_1.jpg
  • Submissions should include a jpg image for each idea
  • Art should be in proportion to a vertical format: 11 x 17 inches @150 ppi (pixels per 2550 pixels tall x 1650 pixels wide)
  • Winners will be notified by email on August 13, 2020

Deadline: August 10, 2020 (midnight)

*Once winners are notified, staff will work with them to collect original artwork to be scanned or photographed as needed.

A special thank you to Farmingdale Foundation for generously providing award funding.

Collage of soapy hands washing  Painting of lego statue of liberty spraying disinfectant.  painting of angel sculpture waring a mask

All works seen here are examples of art created globally in response to the COVID - 19 pandemic, let them serve as inspiration for your submission!

Artwork credit: Top by Tristan Eaton. Bottom from left to right; Morgan Johnson, RAD aka Rick Anthony Diaz, Will Phillips


July 27, 2020 - August 10, 2020

Virtual Event

Thank you to all of our attendees, we look forward to seeing you at future events.

Last Modified 9/24/20