We look forward to welcoming everyone for the 52nd Festival of the Arts July 12-15, 2018. Children and Youth Day will be July 11. Save the date(s)!

2015 Arts Festival Poster Released

Arts Festival posterThe Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts has released its 2015 collectible Arts Festival poster.

The 24” by 36” inch poster features the festival’s jester floating Mary Poppins style against a blue sky. As he travels over a landscape of Central Pennsylvania mountains, the jester leaves a contrail of musical notes in his wake. The poster is printed on heavy stock and is definitely suitable for framing.

The 2015 Arts Festival poster is free and will be available during the Festival at our Official Merchandise Booth, at the corner of Allen Street and College Avenue.

It can also be picked up at several local businesses and on the Penn State campus. You can get yours at the following locations:

The poster for the 2015 Festival was designed by Lanny Sommese. For over 30 years, he has designed the colorful posters for the Arts Festival, a feat unrivaled in the festival industry. The entire collection of Arts Festival posters is on display in Penn State’s HUB-Robeson Center.

Sommese—known to friends, colleagues, and students by the one word name “Lanny”—kinda like Cher—is Emeritus Professor of Graphic Design in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State, where he is also a Fellow of the Institute for Arts and Humanities. He is an honorary member of The University and College Designers Association, and was selected as the Fellow of the AIGA Philadelphia Chapter in 2010. His work designing the festival poster is a very small part of his distinguished career.

This year’s poster was made possible by grant support from the Centre County Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and Centre County Commissioners. We couldn’t do an annual poster without their support. Their logo is on the poster, discreetly, at the lower right, right by our QR code.

Now for a bit of history.

Lanny did his first Arts Festival poster in 1974. It was a stylized “8”, signifying the eighth Arts Festival. The back of the poster served as the entry form for artists. Only 150 copies were printed—a far cry from the 1,750 posters we print today—but we’re fortunate to have one hanging here in the office.

While we only have a single 1974 poster, we have a smattering of other vintage posters available for sale. You can check them out in our online store. They’re $10 each, plus shipping. (A great deal!) Most of them are 24 by 36 (some pre-1980 posters are somewhat smaller) and they’re definitely suitable for framing. They make great gifts—it’s quite likely that we have a poster from the year you met your spouse, came to your first Festival, or were graduated from Penn State.

If you see one you like, please visit our online store by clicking here. We’ll put your poster in a cardboard tube and send it out to you right away.

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