Memphis in May Unveils 2020 Fine Arts Poster Honoring Ghana

2020 FAP Poster

Memphis in May International Festival unveiled the 2020 Fine Arts Poster honoring the Republic of Ghana tonight in the National Civil Rights Museum’s Hyde Hall. The original work for the Fine Arts Poster is acrylic on canvas and was created by Memphis artist Carl Moore.

Mr. Moore attended the Chicago Art Institute and graduated from the Memphis College of Art with both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees of Fine Art in Painting and Illustration.   He has participated in over 150 solo and group exhibitions and gives back to the community by serving on numerous boards and committees that support and promote the arts.  Additionally, he curates exhibitions for several nonprofit and alternative gallery spaces.

Moore describes his art as a form of visual communication using simplicity and depth to express social and ethical issues, and uses color and composition to express mood, situation and ideas, and by placing people and objects in common and uncommon situations.

“Ghana is full of color, culture, art, industry, beautiful land and exotic plants and animal life,” Moore says.  From the indigenous plants and wildlife to the landmarks and landscape he chose to represent Ghana in his painting, “…the combined elements highlight Ghana’s history, beauty and resources, creating a vibrant work of art.”

“With each year’s work created by a local artist and saluting our honored country, the Fine Arts Program is another facet of our mission to promote cultural exchange in Memphis,” said James L. Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May International Festival.  “Given the tremendous level of local excitement surrounding this year’s salute to Ghana, we expect Mr. Moore’s artwork to be one of our most popular posters yet.”

The 2020 Memphis in May 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.  The poster will be available at the Memphis in May office at 56 S. Front Street and online at memphisinmay.org starting May 1.

2020 Memphis in May International Festival Dates
Month-long Salute to Ghana: May 1-31, 2020
Beale Street Music Festival: May 1-3, 2020
World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest: May 13-16, 2020
Great American River Run: May 23, 2020

About Memphis in May 
Memphis in May is a not for profit, community-based organization, whose programs in 2019 contributed more than $149.1 million annually in economic impact to the community and $4.6 million in tax revenue for the City of Memphis, fostered civic pride, promoted awareness of Memphis’ heritage, and built international relationships and understanding through education. 

Memphis in May is the official festival of the City of Memphis, the recipient of 223 prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the International Festival and Events Association and has been named to Travel+Leisure’s international list of Festivals Worth Traveling For.  The Beale Street Music Festival was named by Oprah Magazine as one of “14 Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss in 2020,” while in 2018, Memphis topped CNN Travel’s list of international destinations to visit in May specifically because of the Memphis in May events.

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