studioMAIN Announces Winners of SIGNDESIGN Competition

studioMAIN Announces Winners of SIGNDESIGN Competition

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (January 11, 2015) – studioMAIN is pleased to announce the winners of a competition to design signs for the arts groups that will be located in the 500 block of the Main Street Creative Corridor.  The first to be produced is the sign created for The Arkansas Repertory Theatre by Christin Byrd of Little Rock. Christin is the Graphics and Web Designer for the Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a BA in Studio Art/Graphic Design and a minor in Digital Graphics. image001

Christin’s designs are intended to be more than advertisements for these businesses. They are aesthetically pleasing, standout pieces of art. Each sign contains a sculptural element along with the business name/logo that is intriguing during the day and comes to life at night. Simple, clean and eye-catching, they add to the atmosphere and complement the new feel of Main Street.

Runners up in the contest were Heather Davis, AIA and Amanda Sturgell, Assoc. AIA, who jointly submitted designs.   Heather Davis is an architect in the Little Rock office of Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects. She holds a BA in Graphic Design from Arkansas Tech University and a Master of Architecture from Texas A&M University. Amanda Sturgell is an intern architect, also at Polk Stanley Wilcox. A graduate of the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture, Amanda is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction.

About studioMAIN

studioMAIN is a design collective composed of individuals in the design fields of Arkansas.  This includes Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Urban Design, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Public Art, and the Construction Industries.  studioMAIN works toward educating the general public about the role of good design in their daily lives and advocates the positive effects good design provides to a person, a city, and even ecosystems.  studioMAIN works to establish and promote collaboration between the design fields and the craftsmen of the community.

About the Creative Corridor

Initial Planning and design for the Creative Corridor was funded by a 2011 Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The plan, created by the University of Arkansas Community Design Center and Marlon Blackwell Architects, has received awards from the American Institute of Architects and The American Society of Landscape Architects, among many others.

Certain blocks on Main Street are in the process of being reconstructed to include low-impact development streetscapes with funding provided by a grant from the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. Once completed, the Corridor will include rain gardens, porous pavers, bio-swales, and other techniques to improve water quality.

An increasing number of public, private and nonprofit groups have already invested in Main Street in recent years led by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. Funding for a wide variety of art and lighting installations for the Corridor is provided by ArtPlace America and the Educational Foundation of America.

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