‘State Your Plate’ winner revealed

‘State Your Plate’ winner revealed

Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 8:04 pm

Tennesseans for the Arts, the state-wide advocacy group that supports the Tennessee Arts Commission, recently announced that Leslie Haines of Nashville is the winner of “State Your Plate,” the contest to design the next specialty license plate for Tennessee. The winner was selected from 10 finalists after two weeks of online voting open to people across the state.
The final phase of the State Your Plate contest is to secure 500 pre-orders of the winning design, sending the new license plate to production and establishing it as a permanent option for Tennessee drivers. Specialty license plates cost $35. TFTA will be accepting pre-orders of Ms. Haines’ plate at www.stateyourplate.org beginning Jan. 9.
“We are thrilled to announce that Leslie Haines is the winner of the State Your Plate contest. Her design speaks to Tennessee’s rich artistic character, paying homage to Nashville’s famous Hatch Show Print shop and emphasizing the power of art in shaping our community’s future,” said Jonah Rabinowitz, president of TFTA. “State Your Plate was intended to raise awareness of the arts in Tennessee by showcasing our local artists and engaging the general public. It succeeded. We were delighted to see the creativity that infused the submitted designs and the public’s enthusiastic response. Leslie’s design was a fan favorite throughout and will make an excellent arts license plate for Tennessee.”
Ms. Haines’ plate was inspired by the distinctive posters produced by the iconic print shop and depicts the word “ART” in bold colors on a vibrant turquoise background. The tagline, “Creating the future,” runs across the bottom portion. Ms. Haines’ passion for art began at an early age. She was encouraged to pursue her interest by her parents and teachers in high school. Today, Ms. Haines is the academic director of graphic design and advertising for the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville.
“It is an enormous honor to win the State Your Plate contest,” Ms. Haines said. “To be able to encourage people to support the arts by putting my license plate on their car is just thrilling, as the arts are very dear to my heart. Not to mention that it’s going to be so exciting to drive down the road and see my design on other cars! I am very appreciative of Tennesseans for the Arts for opening this contest to all Tennesseans and have enjoyed the experience tremendously.”
Like each existing specialty license plate and tag, proceeds from the new plate will directly benefit the arts in Tennessee. A percentage of sales will go to the TAC, which distributes funds to arts groups across the state.
TFTA launched the State Your Plate contest in early August, calling upon Tennesseans to submit original license plate designs. In November, 10 finalists were selected and their designs were posted online for the public to preview and rate. Online voting closed on Nov. 23.
For more information about the State Your Plate contest and pre-ordering process, visit www.state yourplate.org.

Published in The Messenger 12.21.11

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