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Berks Arts Council Announces Fast Lane Art Awardees

by Berks Arts Council

May 16, 2019
First Prize – Juan by Amelia Menet, Exeter Senior School

Public Art Created from Fast Lane Honorees

Reading, PA…. The Berks Arts Council announced the winners of the 2019 Fast Lane Art competition at a reception on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Freedom Auto Group, Hamburg PA. The Fast Lane Art program partnered with the Berks County Intermediate Unit Secondary Show in February to create a more inclusive art exhibit. The selected pieces for Fast Lane were selected from 1570 pieces of art submitted by 885 students from 22 school districts. Ann Woodward, Community Art Enthusiast and Aficionado served as juror for the Fast Lane Art.

Ann Woodward and the Fast Lane Committee selected 25 pieces of artwork to be displayed on street pole banners throughout West Reading and City of Reading. The banners will also be made available to local businesses and townships who would like to utilize them as part of their public art initiatives.  The artwork will continue be displayed at Freedom Auto Group, Hamburg PA through May 22nd as part of a special Fast Lane Exhibition.

The awards presented by the Berks Arts Council were funded through the Alma Woods Memorial Award. The Alma Woods and Jack Coggins Memorial Awards were created by the late Alma Woods to support artist awards in Berks County.

Special thanks to our partners Freedom Auto Group, Riverfront Federal Credit Union, GoggleWorks, Berks County Intermediate Unit, West Reading Main Street, and City of Reading Department of Public Works.

First Prize – Juan by Amelia Menet, Exeter Senior School

Second Prize – Happy Pitbull by Megan Torok, Schuylkill Valley High School

Third Prize – Blank Face by Jack Niedenthal, Twin Valley High School

Fast Lane Art began in 2008 in partnership with Land Displays to build awareness and artistic talent in Berks County. After a three-year hiatus, the competition was revived in 2014 with a renewed focus on student art. Freedom Auto Group became a sponsor in 2016 as a way to encourage young artists and support the arts in area schools. In 2019, the program was expanded with a partnership with the Berks County Intermediate Unit and incorporated a public art component through street pole banners.

Through the creation and support of varying art events, community collaborations and grants, the Berks Arts Council positively impacts our community cultural and economic well-being. The mission of the Berks Arts Council is to inspire, unite and grow our community through arts collaboration, education and presentations. Our vision is to support community and economic growth, promote positive change and create a more connected community. Today, in everything the Berks Arts Council does and supports, we seek to make Berks County, PA a more creative, more desirable, and a more resilient community.

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