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Asbury Graphic Designer Showcases Logo for Lexington’s 250th Anniversary

February 6, 2024

Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and graphic artist Savannah Guthrie with her daughter Miriam during the unveiling of the 250th Anniversary logo. Jan. 23, 2024. Photo by Amy Wallot.

Media Communication alumna Savannah Riley ’17 Guthrie submitted a logo design which Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton and members of the 250 Lex Commission selected to promote the celebration of the City of Lexington’s 250th anniversary, coming in 2025. Learn more:

“2025 is going to be a big year for our city,” Gorton said. “This logo encompasses the significance of our 250th anniversary, while highlighting our vibrant arts community.”

Guthrie shares her inspiration for the design.

“I heard about this opportunity through a friend just a few days before the deadline,” Guthrie said. “After reading the brief, I knew instantly what I wanted to create. With a city like Lexington, there were so many directions an artist could take with this project: historical events, equine imagery, rolling hill landscapes, city life, and cultural significance. My goal was to create a simple, bright, celebratory theme that encompassed it all! Lexington is a really special place to me, and I’m so honored to play a part in celebrating this milestone birthday.”

Guthrie works as Senior Designer and Developer at Stratos Creative Marketing, with her favorite job being a mother to her two-year-old daughter, Miriam.

During her time at Asbury, Guthrie served as assistant resident director of Glide-Crawford and as an Ambassador for Asbury Admissions. She also completed an internship with the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and directed/produced short films (watch “Stella” here) shown in the Highbridge Film Festival.

Upon graduating, Guthrie worked as a graphic designer for the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center, creating designs for the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. In addition to promoting STEM for children by designing a comic book about penguins in Antarctica, one of her designs make the cover of Science magazine (July 13, 2018: Issue 6398).

In 2022, Guthrie and her sister Sophia Riley ’22 wrote and illustrated a children’s book, “The Garden in a Jar,” for a Japanese garden in their hometown, Rockford, Ill. Last year, Guthrie received the “People’s Choice” award for her painting, “As It Was,” for the Art by Nature program hosted by the City of Lexington.

Guthrie and Sophia Riley ’22

“Asbury prepared me for everything I’ve been able to do,” Guthrie smiles. “Taking electives in painting, photography, and printmaking was beneficial with supportive professors like Josh Smith, Margaret Park-Smith, and Dr. Jim Owens, among others. I’m thankful for the doors God has opened in my life, and I look forward to what’s ahead.”

The Asbury University Media, Journalism, and Digital Storytelling department offers majors in Media Communication and Multimedia Journalism. Online majors include Digital Content Creation and Instructional Design & Media. Graduate programs include the M.A. in Digital Storytelling; the M.A. in Instructional Design, Innovation & Leadership; the MFA in Film & Television Production, and the MFA in Screenwriting. Learn more:

The Asbury University Art & Design Department offers three majors (Art & Design, Art Grades P-12, and Pre-Art Therapy) and four minors (Art & Design, Art History, Graphic Design, and Photography & Digital Imaging). Learn more: