Winning art celebrates LGBT community with patriotic design
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Artwork featuring sparklers lighting a night sky with rainbow colors is
the winner of the LGBT Debit Card Design Contest by U.S. Bank (NYSE:
USB), getting more than 3,600 votes in public voting in February.
More than 400 artists nationally submitted original designs to the
bank’s card contest, which launched in December and ended Jan. 31. The
LGBT card design contest was a part of U.S. Bank’s ongoing efforts to
show support for different communities and highlight the bank’s emphasis
on diversity and inclusion.
The winning artist, Olivia Ogba, 23, of Atlanta, created her design
after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June 2015 that same-sex marriage
was legal nationwide. The photograph with painting effects is
purposefully patriotic, featuring rainbow colors shooting from sparklers
on the Fourth of July.
“That’s what America stands for – the ability for everyone to go after
the American dream without any sort of discrimination,” Ogba said.
Ogba’s art will become one of U.S. Bank’s 10 permanent card designs, and
she will receive $7,500 for her winning artwork. Customers can choose
Ogba’s debit card art beginning May 15.
Nancy Faulhaber of Lakewood, Ohio, outside Cleveland, will receive
$5,000 for second place for her design of heart-shaped hands holding a
rainbow; and Joseph Escobar of Los Angeles will get $2,500 for third
place for his rainbow-striped depiction of diverse people. A profile of
the three finalists can be found here.
“U.S. Bank asked artists to submit art in any medium that celebrated the
LGBT community. We were happily surprised by the large response, which
made it a challenge to narrow it down to three finalists,” said Ann
Dyste, assistant vice president, LGBT strategy manager, U.S. Bank. “We
believe the three winning designs all honored equality, progress and
unity, and we wanted to leave the final decision up to the public, so
their voices could be heard.”
U.S. Bank is increasing its outreach to the LGBT community in a variety
of ways this year, including sponsoring Pride festivities in 30 cities,
the largest number in the bank’s history. In addition, U.S. Bank
sponsors many LGBT organizations across its 25-state footprint,
including the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Human
Rights Campaign, GLSEN and the LGBT Center in Los Angeles. The Human
Rights Campaign (HRC) has named the bank a “Best
Place to Work for LGBT Equality” for 10 years in a row.
“We have a strong tradition of supporting our LGBT employees at U.S.
Bank, with six chapters of LGBT business resource groups and more on the
way. We want employees and prospective hires to know that U.S. Bank is
an open and inclusive workplace where all are welcome,” said Eduardo
Sayan, U.S. Bank vice president, director of multicultural strategy.
About U.S. Bank
Minneapolis-based U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB),
with $446 billion in assets as of Dec. 31, 2016, is the parent company
of U.S. Bank National Association, the fifth largest commercial bank
in the United States. The company operates 3,106 banking offices in 25
states and 4,842 ATMs, and provides a comprehensive line of banking,
investment, mortgage, trust and payment services and products to
consumers, businesses and institutions. Visit U.S. Bancorp on the web at www.usbank.com.
Shera Dalin, 314-335-3335