The Creative Drive Winners Announced
Seven area artists, including one high school winner, to have their work featured on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards in 2020
BETHLEHEM, PA–Dynamic stained glass, oil, acrylic and digital illustration pieces are among the diverse selection of works that will be highlighted on area billboards this year as part of The Creative Drive billboard competition presented by Adams Outdoor Advertising, Pocono Arts Council, ArtsQuest and Kutztown University. 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 Feb. 10 through early January 2021.
The 2019-’20 Creative Drive Competition was open to artists residing in Berks, Bucks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties. Among the seven winners is Alyssa Landolfi of Nazareth Area High School, who impressed the judges with her colorful acrylic work, “Caroline.” Landolfi will not only have her work on a billboard for all of 2020, she will also be awarded a cash prize of $500 and a $2,500 scholarship to a Kutztown University art program by the Kutztown University Foundation.
“Adams Outdoor Advertising is proud to provide a platform for these talented local artists to display their winning designs,” says Adams Outdoor Advertising General Manager Bill Platko. “Congratulations to all of the artists for their participation. We look forward to seeing their designs come to life on Adams Outdoor Advertising displays.”
In addition to the scholastic winner, the official jurying panel selected five artists ages 18 or older to be featured on area billboards this year. The seventh winner, Thomas Kay of Bethlehem, was chosen as the “People’s Choice Winner” through a public vote in December.
Celebrating its inaugural year, The Creative Drive continues the tradition of ArtPop Street Gallery as a public art initiative highlighting the work of area artists on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards in the region. The program is made possible through a partnership between Adams Outdoor Advertising, Pocono Arts Council, Kutztown University and ArtsQuest’s Banana Factory Arts Center, and is open to artists from suburban Philadelphia to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton region.
The complete list of The Creative Drive winners is:
Sandra Corpora, Bethlehem
Studio Dog, Oil Painting
Laurinda Faye, Stroudsburg
Hold On, Photography
Kim Hogan, Bethlehem
A Family of Barn Owls, Stained Glass Mosaic
Thomas Kay, Bethlehem
Dance in Motion, Photography
Frank Smith, Center Valley
Reflecting Red in Norway, Photography
Alyssa Landolfi, Nazareth
Caroline, Acrylic Paint
Terry Stout, Bethlehem
Contents may have shifted during transit, Digital Illustration
Judges for The Creative Drive were:
Nichole Smith, Graphic Designer, Adams Outdoor Advertising
Hillary Harper, Director of Visual Arts, ArtsQuest
Susan Randall, Executive Director, Pocono Arts Council
Ryan Ward, Curator of The Maslow Collection, Scranton
Lee Riley, 2019 ArtPop Winner and Network Chairman of Oncology and Director of Surgical Research, St. Luke’s University Health Network
Kate Hughes, Gallery Director, Bethlehem House Art Gallery
For more information on The Creative Drive, visit www.bananafactory.org/events/creativedrive/.