Arizona Lottery Names First-Ever Local Artist in Residence

  • By ASaltford
  • Apr. 18, 2018

The Arizona Lottery has announced local Arizona artist and past artwork competition winner, Emily Costello, as its first-ever artist in residence.

Last year, the Arizona Lottery held a statewide art contest, accepting submissions for an Arizona-themed Dia de los Muertos Scratchers® ticket in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Emily Costello’s inspirational and impressive work landed her the winning spot. Due to the success of that ticket, the Arizona Lottery has named Costello as it’s first-ever artist in residence for fiscal year 2019.

“The Arizona Lottery is continuously looking for innovative and impactful ways to engage our customers,” said Gregg Edgar, executive director of the Arizona Lottery. “We are honored to partner with Emily and our local artistic community to deliver original artwork to our players that celebrates our State’s identity and cultural heritage.”

Costello will create original artwork for another ticket to be available for purchase during Hispanic Heritage Month. The new renderings will be Luchador-themed and include four original variations that will infuse tinges of southwestern and Mexican art. The ticket will launch in August of this year and retail for $2.

In addition, Costello has been commissioned to produce artwork for a Scratchers ticket called “7s,” which is a favorite among Arizona Lottery Scratchers players. With “7s,” Costello is slated to create Arizona-themed number sevens to appear on several variations of the ticket.

“It is an honor to be selected as the first-ever artist in residence,” Emily Costello said. “It was incredible to see my art enjoyed by players across the state last year, and I am excited to continue to share my work and promote the regional culture of the Arizona community.”

Costello is a self-taught painter, printer and mixed media artist and her art is inspired by her Mexican heritage, its cultural icons, imagery and the events that have shaped her life. She has served on the board of Cultural Coalition and is a member of The Phoenix Fridas Arizona Latina Art Collective and the Chandler Arts Commission. She teaches youth art classes at Vision Kidz, the Phoenix Art Museum and Free Arts of Arizona for the Abused Children’s Professional Artist program.

Scratchers® is a registered service mark of the California Lottery.