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Canada Calgary Stampede unveils 2020 poster created by 17-year-old artist

22:50  04 november  2019
22:50  04 november  2019 Source:   calgaryherald.com

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Winner of the 2020 Calgary Stampede poster competition and grade 12 student Ariel Clipperton poses for a photo at the Calgary French & International School.© Azin Ghaffari Winner of the 2020 Calgary Stampede poster competition and grade 12 student Ariel Clipperton poses for a photo at the Calgary French & International School.

The Calgary Stampede 2020 poster is a poster unlike any before it, created by the youngest poster artist in Stampede history.

During an unveiling ceremony at the Calgary French and International School, Calgary Stampede president Dana Peers announced student Ariel Clipperton as the winner of the student poster competition. At only 17-years-old, Clipperton’s artwork will be the symbol of next summer’s Stampede.

“It’s a beautiful piece of art that certainly represents the culture of the world-famous Calgary Stampede rodeo but, we’ve also said it’s about the student as well and Ariel did a wonderful job all the way through the program. We could tell that she was going to be a great ambassador for the Calgary Stampede,” said Peers.

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a man wearing a hat:  Calgary Stampede President and Chairman of the board Dana Peers speaks at the 2020 Calgary Stampede poster unveiling event.© Azin Ghaffari Calgary Stampede President and Chairman of the board Dana Peers speaks at the 2020 Calgary Stampede poster unveiling event.

Showing a behind-the-scenes look at Stampede which has never been done before, the art piece has a cowboy looking out to the Grandstand. Clipperton worked more than 100 hours to perfect the poster.

“I wanted something that people would remember and people would be captivated by, and I wanted to do something the Stampede hadn’t done before. When I saw all the posters from the very first one in 1912, I wanted to choose something that hadn’t been done before,” said Clipperton.

 The 2020 Calgary Stampede poster.© Azin Ghaffari The 2020 Calgary Stampede poster.

As the poster artist, Clipperton will act as an ambassador for the Stampede and is awarded a $10,000 scholarship provided by the Brandon Flock Foundation.

“Every artist dreams of getting this level of exposure and to me getting this much exposure at such a young age, is honestly hard to wrap my head around,” said Clipperton.

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