Cape Cod Museum of Art and The Cape Playhouse Partner to Launch International Cover Art Competition

Celebrity panel to select winner from five semi-finalists, VIP unveiling celebration to be held May 1

The Cape Playhouse (top) and Cape Cod Museum of Art (bottom) are two major institutions located on the campus of the Cape Cod Center for the Arts, courtesy images – Cape Cod Museum of Art (CCMoA), the home of art on Cape Cod, and The Cape Playhouse, America’s most famous professional summer theatre, have partnered to launch an international visual artist call for The Cape Playhouse Cover Art Competition 2020.  Serving for visibility at the nation’s longest running professional summer theatre, the competition awards the winner with a dedicated feature appearance on the Playhouse’s 2020 performance program covers, numbering more than 35,000 booklets for its summer season, along with other visibility opportunities.  The winning work will also be the centerpiece at a VIP Unveiling Event to be held on Friday, May 1 at Cape Cod Museum of Art.

The Cape Playhouse, dubbed “The place where Broadway goes to summer” by The New York Times, and Cape Cod Museum of Art are two of the four institutions located on the campus collectively known as the Cape Cod Center for the Arts.  The unique 22-acre campus is nestled on historic Rte. 6A in the heart of the quaint historic Dennis Village community.  Each distinct in their own right, these venues celebrate the best of the performing, visual and culinary arts on the Cape.  The Center’s campus is also home to the legendary Cape Cinema and Encore Bistro & Bar.

A vintage program for The Cape Playhouse’s summer season, 1976, with art by Ric Howard, courtesy image

The Cape Playhouse Cover Art Competition 2020 is held in two rounds.  Interested applicant artists may submit a sampling portfolio of up to three examples of their work for first round consideration (detailed at Call for Entry at or by March 16, 2020.  The portfolio submission should demonstrate proficiency in interpreting an uplifting narrative on the competition’s chosen theme of “summer play”. From the international applications, a panel of judges will select five visual artists, graphic designers and/or illustrators as semi-finalists.  The chosen five artists, notified by March 18, will then create and submit their vision for the cover of the 2020 Cape Playhouse program.

Round two of the competition requires semi-finalists to deliver their final original art submission to CCMoA by April 24 for review by a celebrity three-juror panel, to be announced (submission requirements also detailed at Call for Entry at or  One of the semi-finalists’ submissions will be selected as overall winner and featured prominently “center stage” on the 2020 Cape Playhouse program cover serving more than 40,000 patrons, along with other prestigious honors, awards and exhibition opportunities.  The competition winner will be announced, and the artwork of all semi-finalists will be on display, at the VIP Unveiling Event, scheduled as a highlight of ArtWeek, Massachusetts’ state-wide creative festival.  The competition winner’s artwork will be featured throughout this summer during The Cape Playhouse’s 94th season of performances on its program covers, various media and on promotional merchandise, to be determined. The competition winner also receives a $500 cash award, an annual subscription to The Cape Playhouse 2020 season (6 productions), and two VIP tickets to The Playhouse’s annual gala auction.  Other benefits for the winner and semi-finalists are noted in the competition listing.

The Cape Cod Center for the Arts, a unique 22-acre campus on historic route 6A in the heart of Dennis Village, is home to the best of the performing, visual, and culinary arts on the Cape. The buildings on the property house Cape Cod Museum of Art, The Cape Playhouse, the Cape Cinema and Encore Bistro & Bar.

“This inaugural competition provides a unique opportunity for contemporary visionaries to stand side by side with the likes of Edward Gorey, Ric Howard, Herbert Senn and Albert Hirschfeld, artists who have likewise created original works for this historic theater,” shares Benton Jones, CCMoA’s Director of Art.

For complete details on the The Cape Playhouse Cover Art Competition 2020, please visit the competition listing at  For competition questions, please contact Michael A. Giaquinto, Exhibitions Curator at 508-385-4477 ext. 11, or email  For more information about Cape Cod Museum of Art, visit  For more information about The Cape Playhouse, visit

About Cape Cod Museum of Art

Founded by artists in 1981, Cape Cod Museum of Art is the home of Cape Cod Art.  As the Cape’s preeminent art organization, its mission is to educate, inspire and excite the imagination of all by immersing visitors in its outstanding collection and diverse programming.  The Museum preserves the work of the Cape’s finest artists and celebrates the distinctive artistic identity of the Cape, the Islands and serves as a major hub of the region’s cultural life. The Museum’s seven galleries, a museum shop and a film screening room are enhanced by its beautiful setting, surrounded by a sculpture garden on the Cape Cod Center for the Arts campus.  An outstanding art collection and diverse programming invigorates its ability to care for and connect with the Cape’s many communities.

Cape Cod Museum of Art, the regional art museum of Cape Cod, the Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts, is located off Route 6A, 60 Hope Lane, on the grounds of Cape Cod Center for the Arts in Dennis. Admission: Free for members and children 12 and under; adults $10, Seniors 62+ $8; students aged 13-18 $7. Gallery hours from December 1 through April 1: Thursday through Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday, noon to 4 pm.  . Gallery hours from April 2 through November 30: Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.  ARTfull Thursdays offer free admission to the galleries from 4 pm to 7 pm on Thursdays year-round. Special programs may also be enjoyed for a small fee. For more information, call 508-385-4477, follow Cape Cod Museum of Art on Facebook and Instagram, or visit

About The Cape Playhouse

The Cape Playhouse’s illustrious history dates back to 1927, when its founder, Raymond Moore, embarked on a mission to carve out a place in the American Theatre landscape.  His vision was to create a smart, sophisticated summer theatre with some of the world’s most noted stage and screen professionals. In his own words, he “aspired to be of service to many artist-workers and to be a source of inspiration and recreation to the community”.  Today, the Playhouse operates the theatre as a non-profit organization, proud to build upon its founder’s legacy.

The realization of Moore’s dream has since been recognized by The New York Times, acknowledging The Cape Playhouse as the “place where Broadway goes to summer.” Today, 94 years later, the theatre continues to feature world-class talent in shows produced specifically for the Playhouse and is one of Cape Cod’s premier cultural assets. In addition to professional live-theatre experiences, the not-for-profit organization is committed to youth programs and education, serving the local community. The historic theatre is situated on an expansive 22-acre campus along with the Cape Cod Museum of Art and the Cape Cinema, for all to enjoy.  To learn more, visit, call the box office at 508-385-3911, or follow The Cape Playhouse on Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.