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Memphis in May International Festival unveiled the 2017 Fine Arts Poster honoring Colombia at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art on Thursday night. The original oil painting and Fine Arts Poster was created by local artist Nick Peña. The work features a vibrant array of colors, symbols and landscapes from Colombia, which is one of the richest and most biologically diverse countries in the world.

Peña is a Memphis-based visual artist teaching as tenured faculty in visual arts at Christian Brothers University. Known for creating paintings and installations that question the ever-changing psychological landscape of America, his work asks the viewer to re-examine their perceptions of the “American Dream” and the affects that pursuit has on our environment. Peña has studied abroad at the Hospitalfield House, Art Centre in Arbroath, Scotland, while his work has been showcased in gallery and museum exhibitions in New York, Savannah, Seattle, Santa Fe and Beijing, to name a few.

“Reflecting on the symbolism and icons of the Colombian landscape, people and culture, I created a painting that represents the contrast and harmony between nature and man, representation and abstraction, and past and present,” Peña said about the work.

“One of the hallmarks of the Memphis in May International Festival is the fine arts poster which is produced as a symbol and tribute of the honored country each year,” said James L. Holt, the Festival’s president and CEO. 

The poster can be seen in galleries and government offices throughout Memphis and the Mid-South, while the original works are on display at the Memphis International Airport.

“The fine art poster hangs in many homes and corporate offices throughout the area and helps bridge the understanding between Memphis and the honored country,” stated Bobbi Gillis, 2017 Board Chair for Memphis in May International Festival.

The 2017 Memphis in May International Festival Fine Arts Poster is sponsored by Farris Bobango PLC.

The Fine Arts Poster is available at a cost of $30 each - with the limited edition, signed and numbered, collector’s poster at a cost of $60 each - at Midtown Framer & Art and at 1910 Frameworks, the “Official Framer of Memphis in May.”

Contributors to the project included J.W. Moore Printing, Athens Paper Company and IMEC.

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