CONGRATULATIONS, JOSH TRIPOLI & REBEKAH LEWIS!
The winning artists of the Emprise Bank Riverfest 2017 Poster & Button Art design competition are the founders and owners of Lupoli Collective, a design company.
Rebekah Lewis, a graduate of Maize High School and University of Kansas, grew up with a habit of doodling on every handout ever given to her. The artist studied abroad at Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence, Italy, where she completed her minor in Art History and honed her skills via design internships at the Spencer Museum of Art and Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She currently works in-house on the marketing team for Dean & DeLuca focusing on branding and design. In her spare time, she pursues her other creative passions of illustration, drawing and printmaking. She is inspired by the creativity of children and strives to keep playfulness and joy at the forefront of her work.
“It is an honor and a blessing to represent this celebrated Wichita tradition so early on in our careers,” said Lewis, who is 26. “We love this city and the hard-working people that make it and we hope our design gives back some of the happiness and joy that Wichita has inspired in us.”
Tripoli, 25, lettered in art at Wichita Northeast Magnet and was named National Scholastic Gold Key Medalist in Painting in 2009. Formerly an apprentice under renowned Wichita artist Steve Murillo, Tripoli is an established muralist. Working with the Douglas Design District, Tripoli designs and executes public murals to encourage tourism and interest in local merchants. He is a teaching artist and muralist for Arts Partners Wichita, and a gallery assistant and artist at Reuben Saunders Gallery. The artist progressively works toward a universal language for visual arts in the community.