Allison Britten is a local artist who lives and works in The Big Country. She currently is employed at The Center for Contemporary Arts as a Gallery Assistant and has served as the interim Gallery Manager in 2017. Her formal studio is located at Art Crush Abilene Studios and Gallery (at 502 N Willis St Abilene, Texas) where she is available by appointment. She is a multimedia maker and enjoys working with numerous medias, including, but not limited to; digital art, photography, illustration, painting (watercolor, acrylics), sculpture, woodworking and jewelry making.
Allison was born in 1993 in the Tach Kanagawa prefecture of Tokyo Japan where she spent her early childhood, in 1996 her family moved to Hawaii, then to Nackenheim, Germany where they lived for 7 years. During this time of her life, many formative happenings occurred that cemented her future as a creative. When she was in second grade, her art Instructor Ms. Laura Sheeks, noted Allison’s talent and entered several of her pieces in the European Art contest known as “Showcase” resulting in two of her pieces being published in the DoDD’s “Showcase” art book, which was distributed throughout Europe. Her deep interest in poetry and literature began to take root and she also published several stories and poems while living in Germany. Her exploration of the European Continent and constant exposure to culture and the arts cultivated a rich environment for Allison’s youthful creativity to flourish. Her lineage includes many craftsmen and creatives which is a legacy her family celebrates and has always encouraged within their home. In 2006, Allison’s family relocated to Clyde Texas where her widely international upbringing influences her work and practice to this day.
Her involvement with art spans her entire academic career and she notably took State in 2011 for her Commercial Art Poster in association with Clyde High School’s H.O.S.A Program. In 2012, within the same competition, she placed First in Regionals and First Runner Up in State. These successes lead her to seriously pursue skills in commercial design work and upon graduating from Clyde High School in 2012, Allison attended Texas State Technical College where she joined the ranks of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and graduated with an Associates in Digital Art Design. While pursuing her art education she has studied under the tutelage of local artists such as Pamela Watkins, Dub Wellborn, and Terry Tyson. Their guidance and encouragement continue to be a part of the foundation of her ever-developing skills and constant pursuit of knowledge and technique in her art practice. Her artwork has been displayed in The Grace Museum, The Center of Contemporary Arts, Abilene Christian University’s Shore Gallery, as well as in The Dallas Texas2Show. She has won numerous awards for her work in Digital Art Designs.