Mayor Joe Hogsett Announces Bicentennial Design Contest “People’s Choice” Winner

February 14, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS – Following a two-week long voting process, Mayor Joe Hogsett announced today that local artist Aaron Stillerman is the bicentennial design contest’s “People’s Choice” winner. Stillerman, a graphic designer at GreenLight Collectibles, received over 430 votes on the Indy Turns 200 Facebook page.

“To some, innovation and legacy are held as separate ideas. Within this logo, however, the two go hand-in-hand,” explains Stillerman. “Take for example, the two typefaces; one a soft, more-traditional style (almost hand-painted in appearance) that represents the simplicity and craftsmanship of yesteryear. The other is a clean, modern typeface that represents strength, present-day, and what has yet to come. This bicentennial logo encapsulates the simplicity, equality and love that the citizens of Indianapolis have for their city. Here’s to 200 years of the past and 200 more to come.”

In addition to winning $500, Stillerman’s logo will be featured throughout Indianapolis’ year-long bicentennial celebration.

“This design continues the celebration of our city’s bicentennial by incorporating the iconic Victory atop the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the heart of downtown,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Aaron should be proud that his fellow neighbors have voted for his design, joining the work of Mandy Walsh as part of our city’s bicentennial celebration.”

The Bicentennial Commission received more than 100 submissions for the art and design contest. The overall winning design by Mandy Walsh, along with throw-back designs from our city’s centennial and sesquicentennial celebrations, are featured on “swag” that can be purchased from local vendor The Shop in Broad Ripple or by visiting:

The Indianapolis Bicentennial will span from June 2020 through May 2021, highlighting two pivotal events in the founding of our city: the selection of land along the east bank of the White River for our new state capital in 1820 and the ratifying vote by the General Assembly and official naming of Indianapolis in 1821. To stay updated on the latest programming and news follow @indyturns200 on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit the bicentennial website at

The full gallery of submissions can be viewed at: