Reagan Outdoor Advertising in Austin is coloring the skyline with artwork discovered through the company’s annual Austin Art Boards competition. The second annual visual arts contest drew a strong response from Austin’s creative community. The 220 entries received this year was more than double the number submitted last year.
Works from the ten Austin Art Boards winners will beautify area roadways for the next one to two years on billboards donated by Reagan.
To enter, each artist submitted a work that was 6 x 24-inches wide, and mounted with a 2-inch border. The final prints to be installed on the billboard will be 14 x 48 feet wide, with the art occupying an area of 12 x 48 feet. Entrants were encouraged to be creative and keep in mind that they were creating art, and not advertising.
The entries were judged by Wally Workman of Wally Workman Gallery, Jade Walker of the University of Texas Visual Arts Center, and Bill Keese, former president of the Austin Visual Arts Center.
“It’s a privilege to be able to contribute to our city’s unique creative culture by celebrating the work of local artists on our billboards,” said Billy Reagan, president of Reagan Outdoor Advertising. “This year’s competition attracted work from our city’s incredibly diverse and talented field of artists.” Winners in the 2012 Austin Art Boards competition include:
- David Bjurstrom — “Labyrinth”
- Douglas Pollard — “Heat Wave”
- Emily Cayton — “Canyon”
- Jules Buck Jones — “Vestigial Vulture”
- Logan Ganshirt — “Shape Relations”
- Marilyn Flanegan — “Get the Ball”
- Rachel Noffke — “Considering the Birds”
- Reagan Hackleman — “Icon”
- Robert Bolland — “Red Sun”
- Taylor Winn — “On the Lake”
An Austin Art Boards exhibit featuring all winning entries and honorable mentions will be open for public viewing at the Bass Concert Hall (floors L4 and L5) from August 22 through October 8. Reagan Outdoor Advertising also plans to host a reception in mid-September to further celebrate the 2012 winners.
Video interviews with the winning artists have been posted in the gallery on the Austin Art Boards website.