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Seahawks Gameday Poster Series: The Art of Stevie Shao

Get to know the artist behind the Seahawks Gameday Poster for Week 15 vs. the 49ers.

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The Seattle Seahawks host their division rival, the San Francisco 49ers, in a highly anticipated Week 15 Thursday Night Football matchup. In order to exhibit the diverse artistic talent in the Seattle area, the Seattle Seahawks Gameday Poster Series allows local artists to showcase their imagination and artwork for everyone to enjoy and admire. This week's poster will be presented and illustrated by Stevie Shao.

This is the fourth year where the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series have established a partnership with two brilliant artists, Barry Ament and Coby Schultz, also referred to as the Ames Bros. The proceeds from the purchase of these limited gameday edition posters are designed to benefit a local organization each week. The Week 15 beneficiary is The Black Future Co-Op Fund, Washington's first cooperative philanthropy created by and for Black people to ignite Black generational wealth, health, and well-being statewide. The Fund is intended to connect Black communities for collective power, promote a truthful Black narrative, and uplift Black-led solutions that foster Black prosperity over generations.

Stevie Shao, The Artist

For this week's gameday poster, we are featuring Stevie Shao, a Seattle native illustrator and muralist who has been a part of the art industry her entire life. Her love for art started young where she grew that passion through countless hours of painting and drawing and her deep appreciation of her surroundings. When the world faced a rough stretch during COVID, Stevie was laid off from her job, but took advantage of this time to develop new tastes, and uncover new talents that has led to the creation of her designs today. The inspirations of her work range endlessly from her Chinese heritage, to her adoration for the animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest, and to historic folktales. Additionally, Stevie looks up to many illustrators in this industry for motivation such as Stacey Rozich, a local illustrator and muralist from Seattle, who integrates artwork from her heritage and utilizes storytelling as a way to display her piece. Stevie has a knack for bringing her artwork to life, but when she is not busy perfecting her craft and devising new illustrative pieces and designs, you can find her running, and walking, and admiring the fish, seals, and birds at Ballard Locks.

Stevie's freelancing career started during her undergraduate studies where she has worked for various clients that include small businesses in Seattle, REI, Outdoor Research, Sub Pop Records, and large scaled companies like Google and Nordstrom. However, if you find yourself strolling through the University District, you can see her beautiful wall mural displayed on the Crossroads Trading Building and other artwork portrayed in the neighborhoods of Capitol Hill and Ballard and at the Monorail Espresso in Seattle. Stevie is always seeking ways to take her artwork to the next level and to not remain complacent. She recently painted in a mural festival this past summer that left her the impressions of being "fulfilling and awesome." She wants to emerge herself more in this environment where she can surround herself with other veteran artists to absorb their knowledge and techniques. Stevie would like to thank her illustration professor in college, Rachell Sumpter, for helping her make cold calls to local Seattle businesses to help jumpstart her freelancing career. Stevie's successful career so far was obtained through hard work, dedication, and overcoming the adversity she faced two years ago during COVID. For the new illustrators and designers in the industry, she wants to remind them "to keep going, be visible, stay busy, and most importantly, be a good person."


The Artwork

Stevie has been following the Seahawks Gameday Poster Series for quite some time and heard about it through other illustrators and designers in the local area. "She has always admired the project and was super stoked to participate." Stevie grew up a Seahawks fan and remembered when they first won the Super Bowl back in 2014 and was debating if she should skip school or not to attend the Super Bowl parade in downtown Seattle. Now that she was given the opportunity to create a poster for the football team she grew up cheering for as a kid, this became a full circle moment for her. Her poster incorporates a mixture of blues and greens to display the Seahawks colors, and she utilized the Seahawk as her main subject that was inspired by "folk-art imagery and being Chinese." To be selected to work on this project for the Seattle Seahawks is very significant for her personally, and professionally, and it allows her to show her "hometown pride," and be a part of an elite group that she looks up to in the industry.

The Seattle Seahawks take on the San Francisco 49ers for Week 15 of the 2022 season. Take a look back at some of their previous matchups.

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