The world of wearable art will take the stage at historic Savage Mill for its third annual ManneqMadness Wearable Art, Hair, Sculpture and Special Effects Makeup Competition on Sunday, June 21, in conjunction with the 2015 Columbia Festival of the Arts.

Attracting more than 1,000 visitors in each of its first two years, ManneqMadness is the first of three 2015 ManneqART major events and will feature all 2015 artworks received from around the U.S., presented on live models wearing extreme hair and makeup creations by professional artists.

Competitors will present their original entries reflecting one of this year’s four themes — art, architecture, nature and literature — and are eligible to win theme prizes totaling $10,000. A student category has also been added this year. All artworks will be professionally photographed in the Great Room at Historic Savage Mill for the 2016 ManneqART Calendar.

In addition to showing at the June 21 event, all 2015 artworks will be on display at multiple locations around Howard County during a two-week exhibit, Sept. 13–26, and the ManneqART Awards Gala and stage show will be held on Sunday, Sept. 27 at the Horowitz Center at Howard Community College in Columbia.

ManneqART is the brainchild of Howard County wearable art fashion designer Lee Andersen, a New Zealand native whose design aesthetic is rooted in that country’s wearable art culture.

“Wearable artworks are made of non-traditional materials such as wood, metal, recycled plastic and more,” said Andersen. “ManneqART is excited and honored to provide a creative outlet for the many designers and creators who express their passion for art through extreme fashion, makeup and hair each year through our ManneqMadness competition.”

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