Out of the Shadows: Jason Collins, NBA; Brittney Griner, WNBA; Michael Sam, NFL by Alyssa Winans

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Artist Statement

"This piece started with a fair bit of research. Through articles and images, I wanted to learn as much as I could about the three athletes I would be portraying. It was very important to me to be as respectful in my idea and rendering as possible. I also looked into LGBT athletes worldwide and their roles throughout history, because to me they have been a key part of everything leading up to the moment we wanted to focus on this time. For me, it was one of the most inspiring reference projects I’ve done. I think it takes a tremendous amount of courage to be upfront with who you are, especially in an environment that has historically not always been the most accepting. I can only hope that people take heart from Brittney, Jason, and Michael’s example, and that of other LGBT role models worldwide. It would be wonderful if people of all ages and backgrounds feel they can be safely open about who they are no matter what they choose to pursue in life." - Alyssa Winans

Based in San Francisco, Alyssa is concept artist and illustrator, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, and is fond of imaginative illustration, yellowtail and frozen yogurt.

About Transcend

Transcend is a collection of designs depicting the men and women, movements, and moments which transcend any one team or sport or era and hold power and meaning far beyond any scoreboard. Proceeds support Boys & Girls Clubs, promoting and enhancing the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.