The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

April 30, 2013

ASU student receives two art honors


For The News Courier

— Athens State University student Nathan Stout was recently the winner of Pesky Piranha Youth Triathlon Logo Contest. 

His winning design will be showcased on the organization’s website, T-shirts, Facebook page, and promotional materials. The Pesky Piranha race is sponsored by the Huntsville Youth Triathlon organization.

In addition to winning the poster contest, Stout recently was named a finalist in the 33rd annual College and High School Photography Contest sponsored by Nikon and Photographer’s Forum magazine.  More than 16,000 photographs were entered from international contestants. His photo will be published in a book, “Best of College & High School Photography 2013,” published by Photographer’s Forum magazine.

Stout, an Athens native, will be graduating from Athens State in May with a degree in Art. After graduation, he plans to start his search for a career in the graphic design field. Stout has worked full-time for Starbucks for three years and hopes for an opportunity to continue with the company advancing to a corporate position.

“I love making art in many different forms, however my favorite would be Photography,” states Stout.  “I've been developing my personal style as a photographer for a few years. My main subject matter is people and I use a variety of different lighting techniques to create chiaroscuro style pieces.”

At Athens State, Nathan enjoyed his Photoshop and Illustrator classes.  Although he does finds it hard to pick a favorite subject because he feels that he learns valuable information from every course.

Athens State Professor of Art Pamela Keller remarks, "Nathan is an innovative design student who brings a young and quirky perspective to his pieces. That creates uniqueness and fresh imagery."

When not studying or acting as the local barista, Stout enjoys spending time with his wife watching movies, long boarding, and going to concerts.