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LAVC Students Win Bradley Art Competition

Congratulations to LAVC Students Ashkhen Avetisyan, Nathalie Ferriz, and Tiffany Avery-Stokes for winning first, second and third place in the Mayor Tom Bradley Legacy Visual Art Competition (Bradley Art Competition). All three winners of the city-wide art competition by Southwestern Law School were selected by a blind judging panel.

LAVC Students Win Bradley Art Competition

Three Los Angeles Valley College students have earned the top prizes of the Mayor Tom Bradley Legacy Visual Art Competition (or “Bradley Art Competition”) by the Southwestern Law School.

Selected by blind judging from a panel of prominent artists, educators and civic leaders, first place in the competition was awarded to Ashkhen Avetisyan from Los Angeles Valley College, second place to Nathalie Ferriz from Los Angeles Valley College, and third place to Tiffany Avery-Stokes from Los Angeles Valley College.

"I want to congratulate Ashkhen, Nathalie, and Tiffany on their skill in illustrating the different ways that Mayor Bradley has impacted Los Angeles in their artwork,” said LAVC President Erika Endrijonas. “With all three winning entries of this city-wide Mayor Tom Bradley Visual Art Competition coming from LA Valley College, it demonstrates the high quality of instruction offered by our Art Department faculty."

Each of the winning artists shared a little background on their artwork:

Painting for the Bradley Art Competition by Ashkhen AvetisyanFirst Place Winner - Ashkhen Avetisyan (painting), Los Angeles Valley College

"This project is dedicated to Mayor Tom Bradley who had a great influence on the development of America,” notes Avetisyan. “Thomas J. 'Tom' Bradley (December 29, 1917- September 29, 1998) was the 38th Mayor of Los Angeles, serving from 1973 to 1993. He has been the only African-American mayor of Los Angeles, and his 20 years in office mark the longest tenure by any mayor in the city's history.

To create my painting I used the public service legacy of the Tom Bradley Era in the City of Los Angeles, which includes:

  • Promoting the expansion of the Los Angeles International Airport and the Los Angeles Harbor- now leaders in the world for cargo and commerce.

  • [Being the] driving force in developing the Los Angeles Metro Rail Project and Los Angeles county's light rail system, envisioned at the time as a 150-mile rapid transit program when completed.

On the right side of the painting is painted the portrait of Mayor Tom Bradley. By painting in the background portrait sky and plane I wanted to show the desire for freedom end development. Presence of subway tunnel symbolizes the pursuit of light."

lllustration for the Bradley Art Competition by Nathalie Ferriz

Second Place Winner - Nathalie Ferriz (illustration), Los Angeles Valley College

"A tribute to an incredible and very inspirational man who helped, support and believed in minorities, in children and in the people who lived in the wide Los Angeles area,” said Ferriz. “His accomplishment creating LA's Best is depicted in the poster with the colorful children going to their after-school program to get help for a brighter future. It is an honor to celebrate the work of the first African-American Mayor whose power was used for improving and giving support to many in need."


Painting for Bradley Art Competition by Tiffany Avery-StokesThird Place Winner - Tiffany Avery-Stokes (painting), Los Angeles Valley College

"I am very much inspired by the Low-Income Housing program that Mayor Tom Bradley put into place,” said Avery-Stokes. “My goal was to create an image that invites the viewer to get a sense of safety and security. I chose to depict a family at their dinner table, showing a place where they can break bread together surrounded by candlelight, representing hope and safety within the city. The umbrella is symbolic of the Low-Income housing project sheltering the family from the outside streets of LA. I feel this program is significant to Los Angeles and is something that should be honored and displayed proudly. Every family deserves to feel safe and secure and I feel that I did a successful job capturing the importance of that." 

The Mayor Tom Bradley Legacy Visual Art Competition (“Bradley Art Competition”) is a free art competition that is open to high schools, community colleges, colleges and universities in the Greater LA area. The Bradley Art Competition is being conducted as part of the Tom Bradley Centennial Year Project to honor the memory of Los Angeles’ longest serving (1973-1993) and first African American mayor who would have turned 100 in December 2017.

With the goal of exposing a new generation to the amazing story and inspiration of Mayor Bradley, the competition is designed to generate exciting student-produced artwork reflecting the Mayor’s legacy and the importance of civic engagement. 

The competition is coordinated by Southwestern Law School, where Mayor Bradley earned his law degree in 1956, in collaboration with the Tom and Ethel Bradley Foundation and the LA Valley College Department of Art, as well as additional educational partners such as the CSUN Department of Art.

The Southwestern Law School will display the winning art pieces at the historic Bullocks Wilshire landmark at the Southwestern campus.


Posted by: LAVC PR Office on 5/16/2018 5:00:11 PM