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Memphis in May Unveils 2018 Fine Arts Poster
Memphis in May International Festival unveiled the 2018 Fine Arts Poster honoring the Czech Republic at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Tuesday night, January 23, at 6:00 pm. The original work for the Fine Arts Poster was created by local artist Erin Harmon, and is composed of a lively collage of painted paper to construct the image.
The composition consists of a group of overlapping and interconnected circles alluding to both the qualities of art nouveau found throughout much of the Czech Republic, and the interconnectedness and unity of the Republic. The color palette of the poster was pulled from the vibrant and rich colors found in many stunning stained-glass windows throughout the country. Additionally, the work features countless symbols of Czech history, tributes to their heritage, and subtle allusions to their cultural touchstones and landmarks.
“Every element of this poster pays homage to some aspect of Czech visual culture including art, architecture, and various aspects of design,” says Ms. Harmon. “Researching for this project was such a joy, it was difficult to narrow down my inspirations to a single image. I hope the resultant design feels jubilant and dynamic, illustrating my enthusiasm for Czech culture and my optimism for the future of the country.”
Ms. Harmon is the James F. Ruffin Professor of Art at Rhodes College and served as Department Chair from 2012-2017. She has cultivated a national exhibition record and been included in over fifty exhibitions at venues including Field Projects, NY; Sarah Doyle Gallery, Providence RI; Atlanta Artists Center & Gallery, GA; the Brooks Museum, Memphis, TN; Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN; and the Attleboro Arts Museum, MA. She received her BA in Studio Art from San Diego State University in 2001 and completed an MFA in Painting at Rhode Island School of Design in 2003.
“One of the most popular elements of the Memphis in May International Festival is the fine arts poster, which is always produced by a local artist and offered as a tribute from our city to the honored country,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival. “This poster will be seen hanging in galleries, homes, and offices throughout Memphis and the Mid‐South, and beyond.”
The 2018 Memphis in May International Festival Fine Arts Poster is sponsored by Farris Bobango PLC, and is available for $35 ‐ with the limited edition signed and numbered collector’s poster for $65 ‐ at 1910 Frameworks, the “Official Framer of Memphis in May,” at Midtown Framer & Art and the Frame Corner in East Memphis at 5035 Park Ave.
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