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Congratulations, Art in Transit winners

Entries have been carefully reviewed and the votes have been counted. Winning designs from artists across the state have been selected for a one-year outdoor urban exhibition.

Grand prize winner – Denny Schmickle


Out of all of the entries, judges unanimously agreed that Denny's submission was the clear winner. His design, "Visual Overload," focuses on how decoration, ornamentation and pattern intersect with concepts of culture and identity. As our grand prize winner, Denny's design will be proudly displayed on a Tulsa Transit bus in 2015, where it will receive more than four million impressions across the region.

Additional Art in Transit winners

There were many other outstanding Art in Transit winners whose art has been chosen to adorn bus shelters and benches throughout the area. Congratulations to all of this year's winners. Be sure to view our winners' bios and see other examples of their work.

Artist Bios

Denny Schmickle

Denny is an artist, designer and educator. His studio work focuses on how decoration, ornamentation and pattern intersect with concepts of culture and identity. Schmickle's hand-printed silkscreen concert posters, for local and internationally touring bands, have been featured in a number of exhibitions and publications. He received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Ozarks, and his MFA from the University of Nebraska. Schmickle is currently an Associate Professor and Department Head for Fine Arts at Rogers State University.

Dylan Bowles

Dylan has been drawing for nearly 12 years, and his work has been described as dark, surreal or something out of a dream. Bowles has a fascination with surrealism. His motto for art is simply to throw logic out the window and create something crazy or bizarre, and see how things turn out. To Bowles, there is no such thing as bad art, just different styles. The 22-year-old, from Owasso, is currently pursuing his bachelor's degree in Graphic Design at Rogers State University.

Coleman Downing


Coleman became interested in photography at age 14, when he received his first camera. During high school, the native Tulsan spent his weekends at Tulsa Community College taking darkroom classes and his summers at the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain. Coleman received his BFA, with emphasis in photography, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Currently, he works in the photo industry as an editor and fine artist. Coleman has also been an integral part in the foundation and formation of the in-progress Oklahoma School for Visual and Performing Arts.

Lea Runnels


Lea works mainly in graphite and charcoal, and has recently started painting with watercolors and acrylics. The 27-year-old student works at Tulsa Community College, and is also currently working to achieve her BFA at Rogers State University, by spring of 2017. As Runnels continues towards her degree, her goal is to learn more and to use more media in her art than she has in the past.