Festival Poster

Arts festivals across the country often advertise themselves with collectible posters. Some festivals hire an advertising agency to design their poster. Others commission the prior year’s Best of Show winner to do an illustration for their poster. The Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts does things a bit differently.

Our posters are unusual in that they’re the work of one family. For more than 40 years Lanny Sommese, distinguished professor emeritus of visual arts in Penn State’s Stuckeman School of Visual Arts, has designed the Festival’s poster. Sommese retired from Penn State in the spring of 2014 and in 2017 his daughter Saige joined him as our poster’s co-designer.

Saige is a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s graphic design program and is the co-founder and creative director for Golden Creative, in Denver.  Graphic design is the family business–Saige’s mother, Kristin Sommese, also taught design at Penn State. 

The poster is sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association. 

To learn more, check out Festival Posters Tell Stories Too. A full set of Sommese’s Arts Festival posters is on display in the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The vibrant poster is a stylized bouquet of flowers made of elements representing art and music in with Penn State’s Old Main, and other visual references to Central Pennsylvania in the background.

Before and during the Festival, the poster is free and can be picked up at several local businesses, including:

    • Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, 403 S. Allen, Ste. 205A
    • The Happy Valley Store, 204 West Beaver Avenue
    • Downtown State College Improvement District, 127 S. Fraser St.
    • HUB-Robeson Center Desk, Penn State Campus
    • Hintz Family Alumni Center, Penn State Campus
    • Penn State Federal Credit Union, 1937 North Atherton Street
    • State College Framing Company and Gallery, 160 Rolling Ridge Drive
    • Art ala Carte, 107 S. Allegheny Street, Bellefonte
    • Bellefonte Train Stration, 320 W. High Street, Bellefonte
    • Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau, Historic Court House, Lewistown

After the Festival you can purchase the poster through our online store.

Vintage Arts Festival posters from previous years are available for purchase while supplies last.

Posters are printed on heavy stock and are 24” wide by 36” high
Posters are $15.00 each, plus $7.50 for shipping and handling

More about Lanny Sommese

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

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. 

Visit the Festival Store!

Get a Festival poster and buy Festival wristbands, t-shirts and other merchandise at the corner of College and Allen – or visit our online store.