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 — Randy Riggs
Out of nearly 100 entries, judges unanimously agreed that Randy's submission was the clear winner. His salute to Woody Guthrie honors Oklahoma's most influential folk singer, songwriter and activist. As our grand prize winner, Randy's design will be proudly displayed on a Tulsa Transit bus in 2014, where it will receive more than four million impressions across the region.
Tulsa-area native Randy Riggs is an award-winning graphic design professional who holds an associate degree in graphic technology and a bachelor's degree in liberal arts from Rogers State University. He currently works as a graphic designer for his alma mater, where he has received numerous state, regional and national awards for his work. He also operates his own design company, Wicked Cool Studios.
For most of his life, he has worked in graphite and pen and ink, mainly exploring pop and mass culture with a heavy influence from comic books, pulp magazines and street art. His work can appear idiosyncratic, but often reflects the by-products of American overabundance juxtaposed to the fragility and instability of society and the human psyche.
His grand prize winning design, titled "This Land," was created from the idea of discovering Oklahoma's history. The folk music of Oklahoma-native Woody Guthrie and, more specifically, his 1940 political song "This Land Is Your Land," seemed the best way to describe his feelings toward his own hometown.
Oklahoma has a rich past told through the blood, sweat and tears of real American heroes and villains. Randy's hope is that these works will inspire Tulsa residents as they travel through our city, see its historical destinations and experience the weight of their ever-present influence.
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 this year's five additional winners. Be sure to view our winners' bios and and their winning pieces below.
Nate retired as an engineer with an oil company in 1986. Needing something to do with his time, he started free-hand drawing with graphite pencil. As a result, he studied under local artist Ross Myers for about two years, still working in pencil.
His subjects are people with interesting faces who he photographs and then uses the photos for reference. He is an accomplished amateur and, now at 86, continues to draw in his free time. Although he didn't win our grand prize, you'll see Nate's amazing pencil drawings displayed on bus shelters around town.
Yiren Gallagher studied art in her native Taiwan and her adopted country, the USA. She holds an MFA from Pratt Institute and has taught art at Jenks High School since 2000.
Her fellowships include the Vermont Studio Center Fellowship, the Skidmore College High School Art Teacher Fellowship and she received the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Creative and Professional Projects Grant. In the summer of 2013, Yiren traveled to Silk Road, China as a part of her teacher's fellowship.
Yiren's approach to art consists of journals, painting and constructing sculpture based on content derived from art, history, society and her local environment.
About the artwork
"Riverside" is a small watercolor sketch depicting a tranquil moment she experienced while walking down Riverside Drive on a winter evening. The water was calm enough to reflect the street lights.
"Over the Bridge" is a watercolor sketch that captures an impression of a landscape with hundreds of starlings suddenly appearing from the edge of the sky, flying over the 21st Street bridge.
James Gallagher studied art at Purchase College in New York. He has exhibited artwork and built installations in galleries and museums in Taiwan, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. His work relates to observed life in Tulsa, but the themes that inspire him are of universal value. James recently painted public murals in Tulsa, including "The Tree of Life" in the Brady District. He works with very personal content and a painter's disposition to create street art.
Art in Transit selected his portrait of a woman for display on a bus shelter. The inspiration for this painting came from brushing by a woman outside a supermarket on 15th Street. He incorporated a poem as part of this portrait to emphasize the process of how people fall into patterns of isolation.
Kyndl Rowland grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma, and now resides in Owasso. She is working toward her graphic design degree at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and looks forward to a design career specializing in branding. When she's not working, Kyndl frequents the antique stores of her hometown.
Kyndl drew her inspiration from Tulsa's rich Art Deco architecture background. She combined a rich color palette with stained glass styled arrangements common in Art Deco design. Amidst the positive transitions happening in this city, she wanted her designs to remind locals and tourists alike of the deep, artistic roots that make Tulsa a historic and beautiful city.
Jessica was born in Southern California and moved a world away to Larned, Kansas, with her family when she was 6 years old. She frequently daydreamed about moving elsewhere which fueled her creativity.
Growing up, she turned to art as a solace through drawing, painting and playing music. She always loved making art and took every art and music class her small school had to offer. The arts kept her motivated throughout her childhood.
As an adult, Jessica moved to Tulsa at the invitation of her oldest brother, a professional musician. Through his inspiration of following his dreams and talents, she realized what she really wanted to do with her life—make art. She is halfway through her undergraduate studies and will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.
"Tulsa—The City on Wheels" was inspired by the need to mobilize the citizens and empower them through transit to make the city more accessible. The paintings have a neon, space feel to symbolize future progress as well as an Art Deco style to represent the city's history and sophistication. Starting from the right are Native American homes and the beginning of the city's past. Coming out of the homes are stars that spiral around the Golden Driller and into the flower in the middle that also is a life-giving sun. The stars turn into spirals and swim in the skyline, eventually turning into bus wheels that propel the city into the future.