Calling all marijuana-loving artists: $50,000 is up for grabs in High Art contest


Visual artists from around the world are competing for $50,000 in cash and a chance to have their work displayed on products and events with one common theme: cannabis.

The Natural Cannabis Company, which owns two dispensaries in Northern California, is hosting its fifth annual High Art competition.

The contest is free to enter and open to all types of artists at all experience levels.

One grand prize winner will receive $15,000 plus the chance to select a charity to receive an additional $10,000 on their behalf. Eligible nonprofits include the American Red Cross, Amnesty International, PETA, UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and the International Campaign to End Landmines.

The top 20 artists will receive cash prizes, and 10 more will receive honorable mentions. One artist will also be chosen “Crowd Favorite” via online vote.

More than 3,000 entries from 63 countries flooded in for the 2017 contest.

This year’s contest opened on Feb. 20, and Natural Cannabis Company spokesman Randy Barnes said the first day shattered all previous records.

Barnes chatted the The Cannifornian about how the contest has evolved and the role the marijuana plays in the creative arts.

Q: How did the idea for the High Art contest come about?

A: The High Art contest began in 2014 as a packaging design contest. It aimed to combine the worlds of art and cannabis. As it progressed, High Art became a way to allow people from around the world to express their thoughts on cannabis through their art.