Alumna/Staff Member Is Grant Recipient, Finalist in 'Obama for America' Poster Contest

Print Services staffer Amanda Benton MFA '09 (Book Arts/Printmaking) recognized for social change projects

December 6, 2011

Print Services staff member and alumna Amanda Benton MFA '09 (Book Arts / Printmaking) has been named a recipient of a 2011 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant. Her $2,500 grant will be used to create a website and three mall displays at the Gallery at Market East in Center City Philadelphia.

The pieces will reference the way that women are portrayed in the media and describe the absurdity of a culture that we allow and ignore. As opposed to traditional advertising efforts, her work will provoke the viewer to pause and think, rather than blindly accept and consume.

The Leeway Foundation awarded more than $60,000 in grants this year to 29 women and transgender artists living in the six-county Philadelphia area to further their work integrating a variety of arts disciplines and social change.

Benton has also been named a finalist in President Barack Obama's Art Works poster competition in support of the American Jobs Act. Held by the "Obama for America" campaign, her poster (pictured above) was chosen from a nation-wide call for submissions as one of the top 12.

The public can now vote for the top three winners, who will receive a framed print of their poster signed by President Obama as well as have a limited edition of their poster sold in the campaign store with proceeds benefiting the campaign. Voting closes at 6 p.m. ET on Friday, December 9.

Benton's poster design was chosen based on her adherence to the theme; appropriateness of tone; creativity and aesthetics; and quality of workmanship.

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