In this year’s poster, ink and watercolor doodles representing elements of an “in person” Festival are arranged randomly on a white field, along with a subtle reference to the Festival’s virtual status: a laptop computer from which arises a treble clef. The poster exudes simple joy and optimism for better days ahead. Rather than referring to “Downtown State College and the Penn State campus” the poster’s text says “Happening Wherever You Are.”
The 2021 poster is available – while supplies last – at the following locations. You can also purchase one online from our Festival store.
- Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, 403 S. Allen, Ste. 205A
- Downtown State College Improvement District, 127 S. Fraser St.
- The Makery, 123 S. Fraser St., State Collge
- State College Framing Company and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive
- Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Historic Court House, Lewistown
Have A Favorite Festival Festival Poster? Find it on the Vintage Poster Walking Tour
This past year has been hard on everyone, downtown State College businesses included. Without a live Festival on the streets next week, these local shops and restaurants need some extra help.
We’ve partnered with Downtown State College Improvement District on a walking tour of downtown businesses who will be displaying vintage Arts Festival posters in their windows during Festival week.
Stop in at some of your old favorites or check out some businesses you’ve never patronized before.
Shop local! It matters.
Vintage Arts Festival posters from previous years are available for purchase while supplies last.
Lanny Sommese took undergraduate degrees from the University of Florida and received his MFA Degree at the University of Illinois. He started teaching at Penn State shortly thereafter.
Sommese’s work is the subject of two books, Lanny Sommese: World Master and Lanny Sommese: X-Ray Vision. His work has been reproduced in hundreds of periodicals and books, such as Graphis, The New York Times, Communication Arts, A History of Graphic Design, and A History of Contemporary Graphic Design.
Sommese’s posters are included in numerous collections including the Museum for Deutsche Geschichte, Berlin; Muzeum Plakatu w Wilanowie, Warsaw; Musee D’Histoire Contemporaine, Paris; The Central Institute of Fine Art, Beijing; Moravaska Galerie, Brno; Kanazawa University, Japan; The Museum of Applied Art, Helsinki; and in the Library of Congress National Poster Collection, which has more than 100 of Sommese’s posters in its collection.
In addition to many other professional honors, he is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, an elite international group of graphic designers based in Zurich.
Saige Sommese is a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s graphic design program. She is the co-founder and creative director for Golden Creative, in Denver.
She has had her work published in the Graphis New Talent Annual and in 2016 designed the logo for the THON, the Penn State Dance Marathon and largest student run fundraising event in the world. Saige does freelance work helping small businesses with their branding, advertising, identity and packaging design – usually from coffee shops across the U.S. – as she follows her passion for travel.