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Wheel Appeal: Design a Bus Wrap Art Contest

Wheel Appeal

Watch your art roll through town!

Metro is inviting Omaha-area student artists to share their artwork for a chance to see it rolling across town on a 35-foot bus.

The contest is open to middle and high school students who attend an Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area middle or high school or were home-schooled in the 2023-2024 school year. Designs can be hand-drawn or created digitally.

Two grand-prize winners will be selected: one from the middle school group and one from the high school group. Those designs will go on a bus you’ll see rolling through Omaha for up to a year!

Questions? Reach out the Metro Communications Department at


  • All entries must be original artwork produced by the Wheel Appeal Contest participant. 
  • Participation is open to all middle school and high school students ages 11 to 18 years at the time of entry who attended Omaha/Council Bluffs area schools or home school during the 2023/2024 academic year. 
  • All entries will be judged in two categories: middle school students (ages 11-13), and high school students (ages 14-18). 
  • Participants must provide their own art materials, and/or hardware and software. 
  • Participants must submit original artwork and completed Wheel Appeal Contest Entry Form. 
  • Entries may be emailed to: or mailed/dropped off at Metro, Attn: Communications, 2222 Cuming Street, Omaha, NE 68102.   
  • If emailing, use subject line: Wheel Appeal Contest
  • Entries will be judged by a committee made up of Metro staff and community members.
  • Students are limited to one entry per person.

Technical Requirements for your design:

For hand-drawn original artwork:  

Download and use this template 

  • Use markers or ink pens  
  • Use white paper with a smooth finish so the design can be transferred to the wrap accurately  

For original digital artwork:  

Download and use this template 

Files can be made on either a PC or Apple platform (iPads are fine)  

  • If mailing or dropping off: Save your files to thumb drive and include the following:  
    • Using Adobe Illustrator, save as an AI or EPS file.  
    • Any included images or photos need to be embedded.
      • All fonts in your design need to be converted to “outlines”.  
        • In Adobe Illustrator, select all your fonts by clicking on text first  then go to: Type > Create Outlines.  
    • Include a printed copy too.  
    • If using Procreate, save your file as a .PNG or .PDF 

Participant’s submission of the Wheel Appeal Contest Entry Form constitutes full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of the Wheel Appeal Contest Rules and Technical Requirements. Being chosen as the winners of the original artwork to be wrapped on a Metro bus Winning any prize is contingent upon participant fully complying with all Wheel Appeal Contest  Rules and Technical Requirements.  

By submitting original artwork and the Wheel Appeal Contest Entry Form, each participant fully represents and warrants to Metro and its successors and assigns that: (i) the artwork is original and created by the participant; and (ii) the artwork does not violate any copyright, other intellectual property right, other property right, or contract right.   

Necessary forms + files

Wheel Appeal Contest Entry Form

Bus template