Carson Commuity Bank hosts Native Art contest

The winner from the aspiring artist category was by a Stilwell High School student, Mackenzie Glave, for her piece titled Totem. 

Carson Community Bank hosted a Native Art contest and announced the winners on November 30 to wrap up Native American Heritage month. The winning art is now available for Instant Issue debit cards. 

“We wanted a way to expand the art available to customers on our Instant Issue debit cards and we recognized we didn’t have a wide variety of native art. Joshua Sam had the idea to host a contest and we thought it was a great idea. We had no idea that the contest would reach across the United States and Canada,” said Adriana C Scott, executive vice president and chief brand officer for Carson Community Bank. 

The Facebook post announcing the contest reached over 8,500 people and was shared 68 times, with individuals in Canada, California, New Mexico, and North Carolina who shared the post.  “We were excited to see the contest take off. We had no idea what to expect since we’ve never hosted an art contest before,” Scott said.

The bank had around 30 entries ranging from professional artists to local high school students. “Our leadership team was blown away with all of the art we received. We decided to choose three professional submissions and one submission from what we called, ‘aspiring artists’ as winners,” says Adriana Scott, “We are thrilled to offer these artists the opportunity to showcase their art in such a unique way. We’re also excited that our customers will be able to display the art on their Instant Issue debit cards.”

The winning art from the professional submissions were all pieces created by Cherokee artist, Bryan Waytula. His pieces Realm Runner, Plains Drifter, and Can’t Make Heads or Tails are now available for Carson Community Bank customers to use on their debit cards. The winner from the aspiring artist category was by a Stilwell High School student, Mackenzie Glave, for her piece titled Totem. 

“I'm really excited for this opportunity and for Carson Community Bank for doing something like this for their customers in honor of Native American Heritage month. This was such an awesome idea to offer to their customers and promote Native American Artists here in Oklahoma,” said Bryan Waytula, Cherokee Artist and winner of the bank’s art contest. 

Carson Community Bank checking and savings account customers are now able to choose any of the winning art for their Instant Issue debit cards.