Vote for new license plate

Vote for new license plate

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 8:02 pm

Tennesseans for the Arts, the statewide advocacy group that supports the Tennessee Arts Commission, recently announced the 10 finalists selected for “State Your Plate,” the contest to design the next specialty license plate for Tennessee.
The finalists, ranging from age 16 to 60, are a diverse group of art professionals, students and enthusiasts who are from cities and towns across the state. Their works represent various aspects of Tennessee’s artistic character, from music-inspired designs to a painting of the state flower to more abstract compositions.
The selected artists are:
• Sarah Byrd, Knoxville — Bearden High School student
• Carla Christina Contreras, Ashland City, — artist, actor, author and entrepreneur
• Leslie Haines, Nashville — academic director of graphic design and advertising at The Art Institute of Tennessee
• Matthew James Harris, Springfield — full-time student, Nossi College of Art
• Shumyla Jan, Memphis — independent graphic designer
• Sallie Mayne, Brentwood — former executive director of the Nashville Film Festival
• Mary Anna Simon, Spring Hill — graphic designer
• Lee Swets, Memphis — design editor at the Memphis Business Journal
• Amelia Winger-Bearskin, Nashville — assistant professor of art at Vanderbilt University
• Billy Worboys, Jackson — creative director at Younger Associates
Each finalist’s design is posted to www.stateyourplate.org, where all Tennesseans are able to view the entries and cast their vote for which license plate they would like to see representing Tennessee on the road. Voting remains open until noon on Nov. 23. The winning design will be announced the week of Dec. 7.  
The winning license plate will be available for sale to the public with proceeds directly benefitting the arts in Tennessee.  
For more information and to vote for the winning State Your Plate design, visit www.stateyourplate.org.

Published in The Messenger 11.16.11

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