Mallory Zondag '12 Selected as ArtPop 2019 Artist

Twelve regional artists who work in mediums from acrylic to hand-cut stained glass and fiber have been chosen as the winners of the 5th annual ArtPop Billboard Competition presented by ArtPop Street Gallery, Adams Outdoor Advertising, Pocono Arts Council, ArtsQuest and Kutztown University. The winning artists, selected by a jury, will have their work displayed on Adams Outdoor Advertising billboards on major thoroughfares in the region from the week of Jan. 7 through December 2019.

This year’s ArtPop competition expanded to an 11-county region, open to artists residing in Berks, Bucks, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike and Wayne counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Warren County in New Jersey. More than 170 entries were received.

Among the winners is Hannah Hess of Nazareth Area High School, who impressed the judges with her dynamic acrylic work on masonite depicting a girl “Submerged” in water. Hess will not only have her work on a billboard, she will also receive $500 and a $2,500 scholarship to a Kutztown University art program by the Kutztown University Foundation.

“Billboards are a great way to be seen and heard, so Adams is proud to use that visibility to bring attention to the talented artists across the Eastern Pennsylvania region,” said Adams Outdoor Advertising General Sales Manager Jeffrey Chandler. “We owe so much to the local art community for providing us with inspiration, culture, and for producing the skilled designers and illustrators that make up our creative teams in all of our markets across the nation.”

In addition to Hess, 10 of the winners were chosen by an ArtPop panel. The 12th winner, Joe Edelman of Allentown, was chosen the “People’s Choice Winner” through a public vote that ended Nov. 17. More than 4,600 people voted.

Started by Wendy Hickey in Charlotte, N.C., ArtPop Street Gallery is a national arts initiative designed to highlight local artists and the important roles they play in the community by showcasing their work on outdoor advertising space.

“The original idea for an artist billboard competition came to me when I was working in the Poconos in the early 2000s,” says Hickey. “We returned officially as ArtPop in 2015 to the Lehigh Valley and in 2016 in the Poconos, so the merging of these two markets in 2019 provides an incredible opportunity for the region’s artists to have a voice in a much larger, 11-county area.”

The ArtPop 2019 winners are:

Amy Alessi, Mount Bethel: “Colours of the Highlands”; watercolor, pen, and ink
ohn Cheer, Allentown: “Beauty and Wonder”; stoneware clay, porcelain clay, and glass
James Chesnick, Stroudsburg: “Pulse Reaction,” acrylic
Dana Hess, Allentown: “Blessed”; hand-cut stained glass, art glass, and mosaic tile
Marlana Holsten, Shawnee on Delaware: “Poetry in Motion,” photography
Jon Montenegro, Allentown: “Sleeping Misty,” digital art
Lucille Norella, Waymart: “Flower Garden,” botanical pressed flower art
Lee Riley, Bethlehem: “Wandering,” glass and oil on wood
Craig Werkheiser, Bethlehem: “The Snow Leopard Trio,” pastel
Mallory Zondag, Bethlehem: “Growth No. 4”; wool, silk, and cotton
High School Competition: Hannah Hess, Nazareth Area High School: “Submerged,” acrylic on masonite
People’s Choice Winner: Joe Edelman, Allentown: “Blue,” digital photography

This article originally appeared in The Morning Call. Read the full article here.

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