Local artist visits D.C.

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Photos by Dennis Drenner Ashley Devaney addresses guests at the Capitol reception


Ashley Devaney of Daniel Island is the grand prize winner of The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts Poster Design Scholarship Competition 2014. She has won not only the title, but also a full-tuition scholarship for her BFA program in graphic and web design at The Art Institute of Charleston.

Ashley was recently in Washington, D.C., for a reception at the Capitol honoring all the national winners.

Ashley was invited to address the guests during the program, saying, “Picasso said, ‘All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.' I agree with him on that because many parents tell their children you can't make a living by being an artist. Not unless you love to do it. I was lucky to have grown up with parents who let me express myself through art. I've always loved art throughout my childhood and took advantage of many classes and strolls in the national galleries.

“I placed a young teenager in the center of my poster, titled ‘You Can Create Tomorrow,' to show the subject she is tomorrow. She represents a new student of The Art Institute and looks beyond the present towards a promising future. It's busy with vision, color, sounds, society and ideas that help create the next design for all to see. I encompassed the subject with buildings and skyscrapers to show the perfect opportunity to show artwork. To illustrate this, I put a fair ticket behind a newspaper ad. The newspaper ad shows how we can seek opportunities and become familiar names known through our talents. I used a variety of different pinks and blues to show the coming of spring, which symbolizes a new beginning. I wanted to create something that would attract a pedestrian passing by to stop and look at all of the details of the collage. Each picture or clip has a certain meaning. It's designed for the observer to imagine themselves in its environment. I wanted buildings around the girl to show that she has options to choose from in her field. They can also represent that opportunities are growing around her to show the successes she is making in the world. ...

“I can't wait to start my education at The Art Institute of Charleston. It will give me the tools to work in the future, but it's up to me to make my future successful. Thank you.”

The competition is sponsored by The Art Institutes and Americans for the Arts, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education. This year's competition challenged high school seniors and high school graduates from the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to design a poster that best expresses the competition's theme “You Can Create Tomorrow.” Contestants competed in two different categories: high school senior or high school graduate/adult. Three scholarships are awarded in the high school senior category and one in the adult category.

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