2019 Poster Contest Winners
About The Poster Art Competition And The Winners
Each year, the Allentown Art Festival holds a competition
to select the official poster that accompanies the festival.
Information regarding design details is sent to all area
secondary schools and colleges. The information is also
sent to art supply stores, art galleries, fine artists and
graphic artists in the Buffalo Niagara region, previous
winners and to the local newspapers
Anyone is welcome to enter up to two designs and may
contact the Allentown Art Festival office (716-768-2000)
in January to be placed on our mailing list to receive the
details slinger. Information may also be found on our web
2019 Poster Applications Are Now Closed
First Place ($2,000) - Kelsey Merkle has been drawing since she first put crayons
to paper. She grew up with the artistry of her grandmother, June Pearl. Between her realistic
portraitures and eye-popping illustrations, Kelsey’s medium and style evolves with each new project. Since earning two degrees in Illustration and Visual and Creative Arts from Sheridan College, Kelsey has won dozens of top awards at some of the most respected art shows across the United States. In her spare time, Kelsey enjoys Comics, Transformers and Korean dramas.
Second Place ($500) - Julia Williamson lives in Cheektowaga. In 2009, she received
her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and New Media from Fredonia State University of New
York. She works full-time as a graphic designer for a real estate agency. She also does freelance graphic design, photography, and illustration as JW Design + Photo, and she is the author/illustrator of several self-published children’s books including Dickens’ Mittens, Nia and the Swan, and The Worst Sneeze Ever. She is inspired by graffiti/street art, comic books and animated movies. In her free time, she enjoys drawing, skating, and watching Netflix
Third Place ($250) - Lauren Jane Davis is a 19 year old fine artist who grew up in
Lancaster. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree in drawing at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Lauren works with drawing and painting media, and she is currently experimenting with digital painting, interactive work and installation.
Honorable Mention ($100) - David J.W. Manny is a fine artist and graphic designer.
He was born in New York’s Capital Region and he resides in Snyder. He earned a bachelor of fine
arts (painting) degree from The State University College at Buffalo. His great passion for the vast architectural, historical and emotional assets of Buffalo, coupled with the development of David’s signature “Digital Watercolors,” led to the creation of “Buffalo Treasures”. David’s work is proudly featured in board rooms, professional offices, cafes, restaurants, and private collections throughout the country.
Honorable Mention ($100) - Elaine Kessel created Color Me Happy, a single panel
cartoon that ran daily in the Buffalo News for 25 years. She taught photography and art at Clarence High School for 20 years. Currently, she creates photographic art with words to inspire. Her work can be seen at local art festivals.
Student Awards ($100 each) - AIsabel Ramsey – Medina High School, and Shaquille Valentine – Bryant and Stratton