Design contest winner says seeing posters is a shock’
Since winning the design contest for the 35th annual Cooper River Bridge Run last summer, Greg Rawls has moved from Daniel Island to Beaufort, where the 56-year-old retired industrial hygienist is focusing on glass art.
He realized his design will be seen near-and-far — on 50,000 T-shirts and 2,000 posters — recently when he was getting groceries at a Bi-Lo and saw a poster of his work.
“It was kind of a shock,” Rawls said. “I am sort of getting used to seeing it all over the place, but it is still very special.”
Rawls, who returns to Charleston about once a week, will be seeing even more of his design when he returns for events leading up to the Bridge Run on March 31.
Rawls, who has created glass art for 20 years, submitted entries to the Bridge Run two years prior to winning last year’s contest.
“I’m very flattered because there’s so much great art submitted for this contest,” Rawls said last summer. “To have a non-traditional art form (glass art converted to a print design), it’s a major thrill.”
Rawls describes his design as a sunburst behind the bridge and said his color palette is defined by the Lowcountry.
Bridge Run race director Julian Smith, who did not participate in choosing the design, said he likes Rawls’ designs, recalling a similar one submitted as glass art in 2010.
Rawls said winning the Bridge Run design contest is a way to bring attention to an art form not widely recognized in the Southeast.
Rawls displays his art at Edward Dare Gallery on Broad Street, Sandpiper Gallery on Sullivan’s Island, Blue Heron Glass in West Ashley and The Gallery in Beaufort.