ArtPop 2018

Eight area artists including one high school student will have their work featured on one of Adams billboards for an entire year.

Now open to Warren County residents as well as Berks, upper Bucks, Montgomery, Lehigh and Northampton County residents.

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Congratulations to the ArtPop 2018 Billboard Competition Winners!

Eight area artists, including one high school winner, to have their work featured on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards in 2018


A colorful underwater landscape by a Nazareth high school senior and a 3D CGI/digital work by an 18-year-old, self-taught 2D/3D designer highlight the eight winning works in the 4th annual ArtPop Billboard Competition presented by Adams Outdoor Advertising and the nonprofit ArtsQuest. The winning artists, selected via a juried competition, will have their work displayed on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards on major thoroughfares in the region from the week of Jan. 8 through the end of December 2018.

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The complete list of ArtPop 2018 winners is:

Cecily Mowad, Easton
Metal Head – Oil on Wood
Cecily Mowad is a professional artist specializing in portrait paintings. She was raised and is currently living in Easton, PA. She graduated Cum Laude with a BFA, concentrating in painting.

James O’Connor, Bethlehem
Phosphenes – Digital Collage
“Some of my subjects are blatantly beautiful, while others are less so. It is my goal to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places” –James O’Connor

Deborah Slahta, Bethlehem
Raku Tea Bowl – Ceramics, Raku Fired
A native of Hellertown, Pennsylvania and lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley, Deborah explores the vessel as a three-dimensional canvas. She has been producing finely crafted Raku and stoneware pottery for more than four decades. Her passion for clay was ignited while attending Moravian College, graduating with a BS in Mathematics. Starting as an instructor at the Banana Factory in 1999, Deb was accepted as a juried resident artist in May 2000. In addition to ceramics classes for adults, she teaches summer camps for children and the ArtSmart after school program. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows and galleries across the nation; most recently Area Artist 2017, Lehigh University Art Gallery.

Ashley Dorney, Quakertown
The Dead Waltz – Black Prismacolor pencil on wood panel
Illustrator Ashley Dorney uses portraiture to capture emotion and moments in time. After countless trips to museums, Ashley always found the paintings of people, long since gone but forever memorialized in art, the most meaningful. Her studies in fashion design give her a unique perspective of not-quite-realistic but not-quite-fantastical qualities in each piece. Ashley’s artwork combines bold portraits with subtle, unexpected details in order to create an ethereal contrast. Her dreamy illustrations come to life and give each person she draws a feeling of the extraordinary.

Alison Bessesdotter, Macungie
Stratum 22 – Quilt
Born a Bucks County artist, Alison Bessesdotter grew up along the banks of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania in a family of artists and musicians. Currently, Bessesdotter is an ArtsQuest Resident Artist at the Banana Factory as a painter and fiber artist. As a Pennsylvania native her affinity for quilting comes naturally. She has a deep regard for the traditional form even as she pushes into new and innovative realms. The marriage between painting, printmaking, design and fiber lends itself to Bessesdotter interpreting herself in a colorful and extraordinarily detailed and imaginative style to create resplendent artifacts.

Ryen Valentin, Allentown HARAJUKU DAYLIGHT- 3D CGI/Digital
Ryen is an 18 year-old self-taught 2D & 3D designer expressing himself through many forms of art. He is heavily inspired by different cultures throughout the world and wants to create works to inspire others to make their own art.

High School Competition:

Kathryn Dawe, Nazareth Area High School
Emerging From The Deep – Acrylic paint
Kathryn “Katie” Dawe is a senior at Nazareth Area High School taking AP art.

“Making art has always been a huge part of my life; I don’t know what I would do without it. Often when I am creating work, I use it as a stress reliever, but my real goal is to share it with others and force them to look at things in a new and exciting way. In the future, I plan to continue growing my artistic skills as an art major in college, and hopefully I will someday have a job that allows me to use these skills every day.” – Kathryn Dawe

People’s Choice Winner:

Cecelia Grant, Kutztown
Mint Humor – Acrylic on canvas
From the time she could first hold a pencil, Cecelia Grant has loved art. Cecelia has taken art classes at many places including, Tyler School of Art, Moore College of Art and Design, Abington Art Center, as well as private and high school art classes. Currently, Cecelia is studying Fine Art at Kutztown University. She hopes to graduate in 2020 and continue to develop her abilities in art.

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