Artwork Contest Background
For the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival’s first two years, 1998 and 1999, the Festival poster was created by local resident each year. For the next 8 years, 2000 – 2007, a Baltimore-based marketing firm created the theme and corresponding artwork each year.
In 2008, the Film Society recognized that the State of Delaware has a wealth of talented artists and therefore established an annual Art Submission Contest to determine the theme of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival. The contest was implemented from 2008 – 2018, eleven years.
In 2019, the Film Society made another change. Being aware that many artists have created a special, original piece of art with a film oriented focus for the competition, and if not selected, the artist had a piece of art with a limited market to sell it, it was decided that one local artist would be selected each year to create the work. We are currently developing a process for how an individual artist will be selected. Stay tune for more info. At this time the Film Society would like to thank all the artists who have participated in this contest during the past years. We appreciate your creativity, artistic skills, and commitment to assist the Rehoboth Beach Film Society in promoting this event.
2019 Festival Featured Artist
Below we present the 2019 featured artist as well as artists from previous years.
Dan Bartasavich’s photograph, “Sunset at East End Lighthouse” was selected as the art theme for the 22nd anniversary of the Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival and is featured on the poster, program, ads, t-shirts, and other collateral materials.
Dan’s inspiration for the photograph came from his many trips to both Lewes lighthouses as a crew member for Cape Water Taxis & Tours, where he helps thousands of visitors appreciate the iconic symbols of the region. As Dan said, “The variety of potential images in that dynamic environment is a constant revelation.”
Born in DuBois, PA, he moved to the Rehoboth Beach area seven years ago. Dan graduated from the University Park campus of Penn State in 1998 with a B.F.A. in sculpting. He also studied graphic design at CUNY in Brooklyn, NY.
Dan works in a variety of media, from photography to found object sculpture, to paintings from reclaimed paint.
He has shown his works several times, as places such as Webster Hall in New York City, the Scene/Unscene national art exhibition at the Eastern University of New Mexico, and the Rhoneymeade Arboretum & Sculpture Garden in Center County, PA. Closer to home, Dan enjoyed critical and commercial success at CAMP Rehoboth, focused on his Great Repair project. This body of work explored social issues such as environmental degradation, addiction, homophobia, racism, and disappearing cultures.
Dan and his partner Duane Reed enjoy travel throughout the world, especially the Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Bids for the framed print of “Sunset at East End Lighthouse” will be accepted during the Film Festival through a silent auction process at the Cinema Art Theater.
The Rehoboth Beach Film Society is fortunate to be able to feature the work of a local artist each year and greatly appreciates the artist’s efforts to create a piece specifically for this event.
Previous Featured Artists and Artwork
2018: Jennifer Zezenski
2017: Damon Pla
2016: K.E. Jiminez
2015: Steve Drum
2014: Claudia Ratner
2013: Damon Pla
2012: Laura Ambler
2011: Damon Pla
2010: Nina Stamus
2009: Batenga Obuseh
2008: Faith Lord
See previous years’ artwork here.