Calgary – The Calgary Stampede is excited to unveil the 2019 Stampede Poster artwork. Calgary Stampede First Vice-Chair, Dana Peers, unveiled the piece in the newly opened Doherty Hall. This artwork, created by Rebecca Shuttleworth, will become the 2019 Stampede Poster and marks the first time that a Stampede Poster has been designed by a youth artist.
For the 2019 poster, we engaged youth in a unique learning and development opportunity. The Calgary Stampede Poster Competition is one of the largest art scholarships in Canada with $20,000 distributed among the top eight finalists. Youth across Alberta were invited to enter for their chance to design the 2019 Stampede Poster and participate in a youth achievement opportunity of a lifetime. Successful applicants participated in unique hands-on learning and development experiences, which included one-on-one time spent with local western artists and mentors.
“We wanted to provide an opportunity for youth to showcase their talent on a world stage,” says Peers. “We discovered how the next generation views the Calgary Stampede and the western way of life.”
The chosen piece salutes women in western culture, presenting fine art qualities with a fresh perspective and untraditional composition.
“The whole experience of being involved in the Poster Competition was surreal,” describes Shuttleworth. “As a fifth-generation farmer I know how hard women work on the farm and that’s something that motivates me every day to do my best – it’s what I wanted to show in my piece.”
Rebecca Shuttleworth is from Balzac, Alberta and is in her fourth year at the University of Saskatchewan. Shuttleworth has been actively involved in the arts since she could first hold a crayon, and sold her first painting by age 13. Throughout the years, she is grateful to have obtained her artistic education from numerous resources and individuals, because it has enabled her artwork to be of high-calibre and skill.
The Calgary Stampede is currently accepting applicants from Albertan youth, ages 15 to 24, for the 2020 Poster Competition. The application deadline is Sunday, November 18, 2018 and more information can be found at calgarystampede.com/postercompetition. All 2D mediums are accepted.
Funds for the Calgary Stampede Poster Competition program are generously provided by The Brandon Flock Foundation.
Supporting youth achievement in our community, the Calgary Stampede is working to make our western heritage and performing arts programs a source of pride for our community and a cultivator of community-minded youth.
About the Calgary Stampede
The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west. The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs. Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit. All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.
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