Hero Bearcats will be a free public art event that will bring the spirit of the Bearcats throughout the community as we celebrate the University’s Bicentennial. This will be a fun way for locals and visitors alike to engage with the University’s beloved mascot throughout Cincinnati in 2019. Throughout this event, Bearcat will be seen in life-sized statues, decorated by local artists, with designs intended to inspire and celebrate the everyday heroes that live and work among us all. The fun and creative designs (i.e. Artist Bearcat, Teacher Bearcat, Firefighter Bearcat, Nurse Bearcat, etc.) are anticipated to be on display throughout greater Cincinnati and the University of Cincinnati campus between April and September 2019.


How can you participate in the campaign?

Become a sponsor of a Bearcat and receive ample recognition/access to private events, or submit a design of a Bearcat that you would be able to create and yours could be one of the chosen Bearcats to be placed around the city!


Sponsorship Levels
Type Benefits Sustainable Partner ($5k) Community Impact Partner ($10k)
Bearcat Statue Opportunity to select a Bearcat statue designed by a local or regional artist. X X
Plaque Recognition Your statue will be accompanied by a plaque recognizing you as the sponsor. X X
Design Preview Access to a sneak peak of Hero Bearcat design entries X X
Location/Pod Placement At this level you have an exclusive opportunity to have your statue placed in a premier location/pod (ex - OTR, The Banks, on-campus) as mutually agreed upon with the Hero Bearcats committee.   X
Bearcat Statue Ownership Once the display period is over, the Bearcat statue is yours to keep! We will have it cleaned up and ready to go to the new home of your choice.   X
Marketing Recognition
As an official sponsor of the Hero Bearcats, you will be recognized in all event marketing materials including website, program, maps, Hero Bearcats documentary, and social media. Name Recognition Name Recognition
Event Signage Names will be placed on signage at all Hero Bearcats events, including the preview party and auction event. Name Recognition Name Recognition

Sponsorship Levels

Become a sponsor of the Hero Bearcats and help us show off the best of the University of Cincinnati while supporting a good cause. The event will benefit scholarships and the Bearcat Food Pantry.


Artist information

Download the complete Artist Information Packet.

Interested in submitting a proposal for a Hero Bearcat? The process is simple! Draw and color your design on the sketches included in the proposal package. Provide a suggested name for the design. Briefly describe the materials used to complete the project.

Original proposal must be submitted online or delivered by Monday, November 26 (original deadline extended) at the following address:

The University of Cincinnati
Office of Trademarks and Licensing
Attn: Meredith Kussmaul
49 W. Corry Blvd.
Edwards Center Two
Cincinnati, OH 45221


3D Rendering

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Contact Information

Questions about submitting a design or becoming a sponsor of Hero Bearcats? Please reach out to the University of Cincinnati’s Trademarks and Licensing Office