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Charleston artist wins design contest for 2017 Cooper River Bridge Run

Tate Nation with his winning design for the 2017 Cooper River Bridge Run. (Source: WCSC) Tate Nation with his winning design for the 2017 Cooper River Bridge Run. (Source: WCSC)
Cooper River Bridge Run design for 2017. (Source: CRBR) Cooper River Bridge Run design for 2017. (Source: CRBR)
Tate Nation at the unveiling of the 2017 design. (Source: WCSC) Tate Nation at the unveiling of the 2017 design. (Source: WCSC)
MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Officials unveiled the Cooper River Bridge Run design for 2017 on Wednesday evening. 

The winning design was created by Charleston artist Tate Nation who was also the 2017 People's Choice winner. 

"Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, the Bridge Run team is thrilled to have a local artist’s artwork adorn the t-shirts, posters and all materials for this award-winning 10K," CRBR officials said in a statement. 

According to officials, there were 68 eligible designs submitted this year.

"In July approximately 8,000 people voted in the “People’s Choice” survey, where Tate Nation’s design received the most votes," CRBR officials said."As the People’s Choice winner, Nation’s design was considered among the top 10 designs at a private judging and was ultimately chosen as the official winner."

Tate Nation will receive $1,000, 100 posters, 24 t-shirts, and countless recognition of being part of this award-winning 10K.

The 2017 Cooper River Bridge Run is set for Saturday, April 1, 2017.

CRBR officials released the following information on Nation: 

Armed with an unorthodox arsenal of knives, dry brushes and assorted unconventional implements, Tate Nation paints in multiple layers of acrylics on canvas-covered wood panels, creating vibrant paintings that are drenched in texture, and packed with energy and movement. Tate’s non-traditional paintings are a lively medley of bold compositions, festive themes, and a vivid color palette influenced by Caribbean art. 

His works have been commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service, Coca-Cola, Delta and United Airlines, Canon USA, Time-Life, and Radisson Hotels Worldwide, among many others. Tate’s paintings and prints are held in private and public collections worldwide and have appeared in numerous national publications.  A former freelance illustrator and featured artist for the 2000 and 2010 Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, Tate has also illustrated more than a dozen books, served as Illustrator-in-Residence for the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, and has been awarded many honors for his fine art paintings and illustrations. Two of his original works have been exhibited in the Society of Illustrators' Museum of American Illustration in New York City.

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