WCO Juried Artisans invited to submit designs for PA Wilds-branded products

WCO Juried Artisans invited to submit designs for PA Wilds-branded products

Creative Makers in the Wilds Cooperative of PA (WCO) are invited to create and submit designs for use on several PA Wilds –branded soft goods products such as apparel, totes, hats and other accessories. Submissions for this open call are due by March 31, 2021.

The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center), the nonprofit that manages the WCO, is interested in partnering with WCO Creative Makers to source unique products for its retail establishments known as PA Wilds Conservation Shops. The WCO is the primary product line for the Conservation Shops.

The PA Wilds Center is looking to license existing images from Juried Artisans across several different themes, described below, at a one-time flat-rate of $150/image. PA Wilds Center’s rights to the designs would be non-exclusive (the artist would retain the copyright to their original image and could use the image for other purposes); however, the PA Wilds Center could reproduce the licensed image, in an exact or manipulated form, on saleable products for as long as it needs. In most cases, the image would be appearing with the PA Wilds logo. In some cases, the image may be used as an embellishment to a quote or saying that reflects the values of the Pennsylvania Wilds brand.

Soft goods created through this program would be made available wholesale to retailers around the region to sell to the traveling public. The PA Wilds Center would call out the connection Juried Artisans have to the product line, and where possible would include information about the artist in product descriptions.

Royalties collected on PA Wilds-branded products stay in the region and go to support the nonprofit mission of the PA Wilds Center. This is a great way for our Juried Artists to get additional exposure for their designs and/or earn a little extra for work already created, all while supporting a great cause.

Interested? See below for details on how to apply.


The image above showcases a variety of PA Wilds branded and inspired products that are currently in the PA Wilds Conservation Shop to give Artisans an understanding of our aesthetic and tone for this line of merchandise.

When vetting your images, please consider the following:

  • 2-3 color designs will work best for screen printing.
  • Simpler designs work best for screen printing.
  • If selected, a high-quality digital version of your image (300 dpi, 8”X10”) must be submitted.

In addition to the designs mocked up above, the following themes would be appropriate for future merchandise for adult and children’s designs:

  • Stars/dark skies/Milky Way
  • Wood/lumber heritage
  • Trees/woods/tree-covered mountains
  • Fishing/Trout/Walleye/Largemouth Bass
  • Paddling/Scenic Rivers
  • Winter in the woods
  • Native Wildlife
  • Outdoor recreation/adventure (ie. skiing, sledding)
  • Camping/cabin life
  • Native vegetation
  • Bigfoot
  • Dirt Trails/biking/ hiking
  • Spending time with family in nature
  • Kinzua Viaduct/train theme


New designs will be added regularly to the PA Wilds Center’s soft goods product lines so Juried Artisans can expect future calls for designs on different themes. For the current call-out, we ask that image ideas/samples are submitted no later than March 31.

To submit an image, please keep the sample size small – 72 dpi (if selected, we’ll ask later for a larger size). Email the image to wildscopa@pawildscenter.org. Please include your name and contact information and the category theme you feel the image fits into.

No images will be used without a license agreement in place.


The Pennsylvania Wilds is a 13-county region that includes the counties of Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lycoming, McKean, Potter, Tioga, Warren, and northern Centre. The PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc., is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to integrate conservation and economic development in a way that inspires the communities of the Pennsylvania Wilds. The PA Wilds Center promotes the region as a premier outdoor recreation destination as a way to create jobs, diversify local economies, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The PA Wilds Center’s core programs seek to help businesses leverage the PA Wilds brand and connect with new market opportunities, including: the Wilds Cooperative of PA, a network of over 300 place-based businesses and organizations, and the PA Wilds Conservation Shop, a retail outlet primarily featuring products sourced from the WCO. For more information on the PA Wilds Center, visit www.PAWildsCenter.org. To learn more about the WCO, visit www.WildsCoPA.org. Explore the PA Wilds at www.pawilds.com.  Find PA Wilds-branded and -inspired products at www.ShopThePAWilds.com.

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