If you've ever dreamed of making your art available to millions of indifferent people in the form of a cold, hard choking hazard, we've got good news. The US Mint and the National Endowment for the Arts are teaming up for a wham-bam coin-design slam, and they want you to apply. They're looking for professional artists with several years of artistic training and a portfolio that shows mastery of symbolism and complex subjects. Digital skills required.
Up to 20 artists will be given year-long contracts to make commissioned demonstration designs. The designs produced will be considered for use on circulated coins and national medals of honor and/or importance. If chosen, the designs are rewarded with additional ca$h money and the offer of longer term contracts.
The first application deadline is January 10th, so don't put off for the next year what you can do while avoiding your relatives during the holidays. If you're a US citizen with a passion for coinage or obscure types of fame, put that wolf painting on the back burner and apply for your chance to design a national icon. You too could creatively serve the country by carving a bas-relief turkey butt in plastilene—here's some inspiration.