Open to: Any Toledo-area artists, age 16+
Entry open date: August 15-September 1
To enter: Waterhouse requests that interested artists provide the following with their submission:
Ten participants will be chosen by no later than 9/15/2022 and toilets will be made available for pick up from the Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio at that time.
Art submission date: October 31, 2022—all projects must be completed and delivered to the Waterhouse showroom by noon on 10/31/2022.
Event summary: Over half of the global population or 4.2 billion people lack safe sanitation and around 297,000 children under five – more than 800 every day – die annually from diarrheal diseases due to poor hygiene, poor sanitation, or unsafe drinking water.
Without safely managed, sustainable sanitation, people often have no choice but to use unreliable, inadequate toilets or practice open defecation. Even where toilets exist, overflows and leaks from pipes and septic systems, and dumping or improper treatment, can mean untreated human waste gets out into the environment and spreads deadly and chronic diseases such as cholera and intestinal worms.
In a bid to help break taboos around toilets and make sanitation for all a global development priority, the United Nations designated 19 November as World Toilet Day.
Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio in Perrysburg, Ohio would like to bring awareness to this global issue, adding our own fun twist to get our customers, our business partners, our neighbors, and the community involved.
We are proposing something a little off the beaten path – our second annual toilet art contest. Ten artists will receive a blank white canvas of a new toilet. It will be up to each artist to create his/her own work of art. All ten entries will be displayed in our showroom, and we will hold both an in-store and online vote. After the contest, all entries will be included in an online silent auction OR an in-person auction (depending on the health status of the world by that point) with all proceeds going to Water.org – a charity focused on providing clean water and solving sanitation issues globally.
We will provide each chosen participant with (1) 2-piece white toilet (bowl and tank) with a soft-close seat.
All other materials are the responsibility of the artist.
Art design may not contain any profanity or any lewd or offensive elements.
Toilet must remain intact and in working order.
Winners will be chosen by a popular vote based on in-person submissions in our showroom and an online voting platform; all decisions are final.
Toilets must be picked up at the Waterhouse showroom located at 125 E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg, OH 43551 by end of business on September 15, 2022, and returned to the showroom by end of business on October 31, 2022.
Each entry must be labeled with contestant’s full name, phone number and e-mail address (inside the tank is best.)
Winners will be announced on World Toilet Day, November 19, 2022, via all social media channels. No purchase required. No entry fees.
All entries/submissions become the property of Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio. Artists must grant permission to Waterhouse bks to post images, biographies, and interviews on our social media pages for purposes of promoting this contest and event.
Interested artists should reach out ASAP to Amy Siders, Showroom Manager for Waterhouse bath & kitchen studio
Artist Bio form