About LaTonia Allen
Growing up in West Phoenix, Arizona my art career started simply with drawing my favorite cartoon characters into a notebook. In high school I realized the potential in my talent and joined NJAHS (National Junior Arts Honor Society), Art Club and Art Society. I then attended Glendale Community College where I graduated with my Associate in Arts studying art history and the human figure. In 2012, I moved to Houston, TX where I attended Texas Southern University. In 2015 I earned a Bachelor of Art in Arts with a minor in Business Administration. While there I was a member of the University Art Club, as well as American Marketing Association in the Jesse H. Jones School of Business. I took a keen interest in graphic arts and design. After researching the industry, I decided I wanted to be an Art Director. I obtained and completed two digital marketing internships and two graphic design internships, which assured me this was what I wanted to do.
My goal as an artist is to evoke an emotion in everyone that views my work. I try to accomplish this in both my fine art and digital work through vibrant use of color and invigorating new concepts.
I genuinely love my work and I plan to continue spreading positivity and warm energy in those around me and in the world.
Kadir Nelson Graphics Award, Texas Southern University Department of Visual & Performing Arts, 2015
HMAAC Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Competition: 2nd Best in Show, 2014
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Semi-Finalist, 2015
Royal and Langnickel Junior Painting Competition 2nd Place National Winner *Commissioned, 2006
Best in Show Arizona State Fair, 2006
Winner of Theatre Works Poster Design Competition *Commissioned, 2005
Citywide African-American Exhibit, June - August 2017
Tina Knowles Lawson Wearable Arts Gala, April 2017
Community Arts Collective 'Self Love' Exhibition, Jan-April 2017
Evolversi Art & Music Fest, 2017
All Access Art Show, 2016
Texas Southern University Senior Fine Art Exhibition, 2015
Chips and Beer Art Festival, 2015
Pancakes and Booze Underground Art Show, 2014
HMAAC Artisan Award Show, 2014
Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series Competition, 2014
Pepper Shade Art Mixer, 2014
T.H.I.N.K. Summertime Sol Experience, 2014
Annual GCC Fine Arts Show 2009: