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Light pole banners in Goodyear to feature local artists’ designs

Post Date:03/09/2017 1:34 PM

For Immediate Release
Contact: Amy Bolton, Public Information Officer       
Office:  623-882-7053 


Light pole banners in Goodyear to feature local artists’ designs

Contest yields four winning designs

Goodyear, Ariz. (March 8, 2017)
–Four city of Goodyear resident artists will have their work featured on banners around the city. The December call to artists yielded eight submissions with Bonnie Lewis, Kim Wagner-Hemmes, Ryan Williams and Debra Goley chosen by a selection committee comprised of arts professionals. Each selected artist submitted three designs that were reviewed by the city’s Arts & Culture Commission, who selected one design from each artist to be featured on the banners. The winning artists will each receive a $1,000 award.

Measuring 72 inches tall and 30 inches wide, the banners will be on display April through October on 160 light poles in Goodyear:

  • Indian School Road between Pebble Creek Parkway and Litchfield Road
  • McDowell Road between Pebble Creek Parkway and Litchfield Road
  • Estrella Parkway from Goodyear Ballpark to McDowell Road
  • Bullard Avenue from Goodyear Ballpark to McDowell Road
  • Litchfield Road from Van Buren Street to Indian School Road

“This is one way that Goodyear supports local artists and brings diverse art perspectives to the public,” said Guylene Ozlanski, arts and culture coordinator with Goodyear’s Parks and Recreation Department. “When you’re driving around Goodyear in the coming months, you’ll know that the banners are a product of your hometown artists.”

Goodyear supports the local artist community in a number of ways including the annual ‘Follow Your Art’ event that provides professional development classes to artists of all skill levels. The classes focus on art as a career by helping artists with the business side of the profession: by explaining the public art selection process; how to get involved in municipal art projects; how to market their personal brand; how to navigate contracts; and how to create a winning portfolio.

For more information on city services, events and programs, visit or call 623-932-3910.


Bonnie Lewis

Bonnie Lewis has been creating paintings, murals, illustrations, graphic arts and signs her entire career. The local area has inspired her many projects featured: in galleries; magazines; public art; murals; and used as cover art on over 15 publications.

Kim Wagner Hemmes

Kim Wagner-Hemmes is a native of Chicago whose passion for reptiles led her to the Arizona desert in 2001. In 2005, she moved to Goodyear to begin married life with husband Paul and stepson Kyle. Since being treated for thyroid cancer in 2013, Wagner-Hemmes has come to realize the importance of maintaining balance in all aspects of life.

Ryan Williams

Originally from rural northern Illinois, Ryan relocated to Arizona to teach art. In 2014, he began teaching visual art at Desert Edge High School and currently serves as the school’s Director of the Conservatory of Arts and Design. Ryan strives to design learning environments for the development of creativity, collaboration, and connectivity. He lives his passion by creating, advocating, and promoting the arts through his personal and professional endeavors.

Debra Goley

Debra Goley is an artist, muralist, and art instructor. Debra began her art career as a child with a small sketchbook and pursued her passion at the University of Texas, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture. Debra is actively involved in the community and serves as an instructor for her private students at Debra Goley Art studios. Her work is showcased in various local businesses and galleries in the West Valley, Los Angeles, Houston, and Chicago.


About the Arts in Goodyear
The Arts and Culture Commission was established in 2006 by the Goodyear City Council to create a distinct sense of place and cultural destination by integrating art into public spaces. Goodyear’s public art program promotes arts and cultural excellence in coordination with the private sector and other governmental agencies to increase awareness of the contributions of arts and culture to our economy and quality of life.

The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission provides leadership in developing a community identity through the arts that embraces, celebrates and unites all of our diverse histories, beliefs, cultures, and aspirations. The Commission makes recommendations to Council with the goal of creating public dialogue, advancing education, and inspiring civic pride with the arts. Facebook: Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission Twitter: Goodyear_Arts